The work of a mining engineer is essential for the country’s economy.
In the toothpaste we use when we wake up, in the salt that goes into food, on the asphalt in the street, in houses and buildings, in the car and even in the computer or cell phone where you are reading this text, there are raw materials obtained from the work performed in mines.
Mining represents nearly a third of our trade balance and generates approximately one million direct and indirect jobs. Among them, one of the most important is undoubtedly the mining engineer.
But is the salary good?
Find out now how much a mining engineer earns and what to do to become one!
How much does a mining engineer earn
We can say that the remuneration of the mining engineer is very interesting.
According to the Work Brazil platform, the monthly income of this professional; they range from R$4,400 to over R$18,000, depending on the experience and size of the contracting company.
Mining Engineer with up to 2 years of experience:
- Small business: BRL 4,400
- Average company: BRL 5,700
- Large company: BRL 7,400
Mining Engineer with 2 to 4 years of experience :
- Small business: BRL 5,500
- Average company: BRL 7,150
- Large company: BRL 9,300
Mining Engineer with 4 to 6 years of experience:
- Small business: BRL 6,900
- Average company: BRL 8,900
- Large company: BRL 11,600
Mining Engineer with 6 to 8 years of experience:
- Small business: BRL 8,600
- Average company: BRL 11,200
- Large company: BRL 14,500
Mining Engineer with over 8 years of experience:
- Small business: BRL 10,800
- Average company: BRL 14,000
- Large company: BRL 18,200
The website Salario.com.br brings even more encouraging data. According to the survey carried out based on information from the Ministry of Labor and Employment, the national average salary for a mining engineer is R$ 10,508, with values ranging from R$ 9,700 to R$ 21,700, approximately.
The states with the highest average salary are, in this order:
- São Paulo
- Holy Spirit
- Minas Gerais
It is worth remembering that the mining engineer often works in high-risk environments. Thus, in addition to the salary, you can receive additional for hazardous work (plus 30% of the salary) or unhealthy work (plus 10% to 40% of the salary, depending on the degree of unhealthy conditions.
Job market for mining engineer
The job market for the mining engineer follows the expansion of the mining sector, mainly.
The mining engineer can work not only with ores, but also with coal, groundwater and fossil fuels, being able to carry out activities such as:
- Prospecting: working with geologists to find new ore deposits.
- Extraction (mining): supervising the exploration of the mine itself.
- Processing: in the processing and sale of ores and fuels, the engineer monitors all processes and seeks to reduce the impact on the environment.
- Environmental management and recovery: here, the professional works to minimize the impact of the activity or restore environmental characteristics, especially after leaks and other types of accidents.
- Mineral economics: carrying out technical and economic feasibility studies for mineral exploration.
- Rock mechanics: studies the characteristics of the site and its impact on structures and installations – essential for the construction of tunnels on roads and subways, for example.
- Research and development: with the objective of improving processes, creating new technologies and optimizing mining activities.
As a result, the main employers of mining engineers are:
- Mining companies
- oil companies
- cement industries
- demolition companies
- Mining Software Manufacturers
- Universities and research institutes
- Chemical industry
- Fertilizer Industry
- Dimension stone industry
How to Become a Mining Engineer and Where to Study
Anyone who wants to enter the job market as a mining engineer needs to take a higher education course in Mining Engineering recognized by the Ministry of Education (MEC).
The Mining Engineering course is a five-year bachelor’s degree.
During this graduation, the future mining engineer will study Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Geology, Mineralogy, Programming, Mine Design and Topography, in addition to other specific subjects.
Mining Engineering also has many practical activities in the field.
To graduate, it is mandatory to go through an internship and present a Course Conclusion Paper (TCC).
The course is available at colleges such as:
- Faculdade Pitágoras (PITÁGORAS) – in Minas Gerais
- University of São Paulo (USP)
- Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS)
- Federal University of Ceará (UFC)