Mining is big business in Australia, with massive mining operations taking place in every state and territory in Australia. Each state is responsible for regulating the mining that is taking place and is also responsible for setting the standards required for the mining operations to take place.
Mine Surveyors are responsible for the measuring of underground and open-cut mines, all essential components for the mining standards set out in each state to be adhered to.
For this reason mine surveyors play a critical role in mining as they are responsible for managing the design and future plans for a mining site. Mine Surveyors have a tremendous amount of responsibility on their shoulders as they need to ensure the safety of the mine and those who work on it, through thorough accurate assessment and careful management.
What are Mine Surveyors in Australia currently earning?
According to the results of our recent salary survey, surveyors in mining in Australia with less than 10 years experience are currently earning on the 25%ile, AUD94000, with a median of AUD110500 and on the 75%ile AUD138250.
Surveyors in mining in Australia with 10 years plus experience are according to the results of our recent salary survey currently earning on the 25%ile AUD127000, a median of AUD130000 and on the 75%ile AUD160000. It is important to remember however that salaries will vary tremendously based on skill, experience and employer.
Typical duties of a surveyor in mining:
• One of the biggest jobs that a mine surveyor will take part in is the creation of maps and plans for the mine.
• A mine surveyor will be responsible for taking accurate measurements, which will then be manipulated and turned into a usable map.
• They will also carry out initial surveys and risk assessments and environmental impact assessments on potential sites to assess the viability of a potential mine site.
• Mine Surveyors will be responsible for both underground and surface surveys.
• They are responsible for maintaining accurate plans of mines as a whole and will create and update maps of the surface layout which will include buildings and other structures, as well as surveying the underground mine workings to keep a record of the mine operations.
• Mine Surveyors will also measure the areas and volumes blasted by the underground crew, where they will measure the quantity of work done and calculate the contractual earnings.
• One of the most important functions of a mine surveyor is their involvement in the measuring process to calculate production from the mining operation. They will also take samples to determine the viability and profitability of the mine, and provide valuations of mineral deposits.
• Mine Surveyors will also deal with ownership rights and negotiating contracts to buy, lease or access sites.
• Mine Surveyors form such a critical role in the mining industry as they are able to determine the economic viability of a potential mine site, and manage and develop the sites, and map and record the extent of mineral extraction.
• A mine surveyor will closely examine and predict the environmental effects and impacts of mining, including air pollution and the damage to the landscape.
• Once the mine has been exhausted they then work with other professionals including environmental professionals and engineers to restore the land and provide advice as to how waste material should be disposed of.