Are you considering a career as an Exploration Manager in mining, but not sure what it really involves?

Deciding on a career in mining can be hard, but if you have a love for the outdoors and the environment, and a passion for mining, then a career as an Exploration Manager may be just right for you.


Mustafa Cihan, an experienced Exploration Manager tells us all about his job and what it would involve on a daily basis:

By Mustafa Cihan:

“A typical day would somewhat change for an Exploration Manager depending on at which part of the world she/he is working. Some parts might be more challenging in comparison to others.

Most challenging situations are often derived from living conditions at remote areas, infrastructures, extreme weather conditions and perhaps high altitudes. Each challenging condition comes with a slightly different set of Health and Safety rules that the Exploration Manager is responsible for, and accountable for the team. As elsewhere in today’s professional exploration/mining industry, a typical day for me also starts with a H&S motto like “safety comes first”, “safety is No 1 priority” or “work safe home safe” etc.

Therefore, every morning with the team (geologists, field technicians, drillers etc) starts with a safety moment that includes small discussions about where we are going to go, where exactly we are going to work, what each geologist and technician is going to do and what we can do for a safer work environment. Then, our discussions continue with rather technical details.

I have been running both regional and near mine exploration activities that depending on the season the number of people in my responsibility changes. Hence, I must divide my time accordingly. If there is a large group including contractors, I often delegate some of my responsibility on the senior geologist in the team. Some days I spent more time on regional exploration activities especially when the team requires my input.

I go and visit where they work and provide my opinion and guidance. If there are younger geologists in the team, I prefer to work with them in the field on a one to one basis, to make sure that their work is up to standard.. This also helps their skills to improve. Thus, providing training is also another responsibility that I take on. In some other days, especially if drilling is continuing, I visit drill site(s), to check on whether the drilling staff is using the proper PPE’s.

Then I have a look at core samples that comes out of the ground, and have a discussion on site with other geologists on logging. Once I go back to office, I check on drill sections to see whether we are close to the target. I check on assays if any received from the lab and compare them with respect to our QA/QC protocols. After that I go through geological data rest of the day and wait for the inspiration to generate some other exploration targets. I usually finish the day by going over how we are performing per our proposed budget and projections to the end of the month.”  

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