How Do I Become a Mine Planner?

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon
Mine planners have to keep track of how resources are extracted to minimize the chances of a cave in.
Mine planners have to keep track of how resources are extracted to minimize the chances of a cave in.

A Bachelor of Science (BS or BSc) degree is usually required to become a mine planner, along with at least three years of experience in the industry. Good management skills are also helpful, along with a demonstrated ability to work cooperatively on complex projects. Employers may expect candidates to have a working knowledge of software programs used in mine planning and management. Membership in professional organizations and research experience can be added bonuses on a job application, but are not necessarily required.

Colleges and universities may offer courses in construction engineering as well as specific training in mine management to prepare a student to become a mine planner. These classes include a mix of math and science, along with lab work for people to develop and demonstrate skills. If possible, college students should apply for internships or research opportunities. These allow people to acquire real-world experience, which may be useful when applying for jobs after college. Professors and academic departments may maintain resource lists for students looking for work opportunities.

Graduates can apply for entry-level positions in mining. This allows them to start building up the experience they need to work as planners. These jobs can include positions in offices and the field, working under the supervision of an experienced mine planner and other personnel. While working to become a mine planner, it is important to demonstrate interest in learning, improving skills, and developing relationships with other workers. Traits like these may be important on job applications.

Along the way, there are some options people can use to build their resumes. Membership in professional organizations of engineers and miners can be helpful, as they may provide continuing education and networking activities. People who participate in research can also be at an advantage, especially if they present papers and write articles in trade journals. On an application to become a mine planner, it helps to be able to show that the applicant is following the latest information in the field and participating in measures to make mining safer and more efficient.

Once someone has at least three years of experience, it is possible to start looking at open positions at a current employer or in other firms that are of interest. An applicant to become a mine planner needs to have a solid resume with information about education and work experience. References may be requested, and it can help to have the support of a supervisor who will write a strong letter of recommendation.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Mary McMahon
Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

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    • Mine planners have to keep track of how resources are extracted to minimize the chances of a cave in.
      Mine planners have to keep track of how resources are extracted to minimize the chances of a cave in.