Simone Houlding of EduMine writes – There have been several instances of salary surveys showing miners earn more than the average in related industries. The article Here’s how much Canadian miners are currently making is just the latest example. But why is this? Why do miners consistently earn more than their colleagues in forestry, manufacturing, finance and construction?
The answer lies largely in specialization. Mining is a complex industry that demands a range of specialized multi-disciplinary skills in addition to basic engineering, such as ventilation, rock mechanics, metallurgy, mine planning, resource estimation, waste management, groundwater modeling, environmental engineering, and social/community responsibilities. There are very few mining schools that would cover more than one or two of these topics in any detail in the course of a basic engineering degree.
Specialization is also practised at the mining company level. For reasons of efficiency, more and more mining companies, large and small, are becoming increasingly focused on one or two commodities, which have their own requirements for special skills in mining and mineral processing.
This leads to the conclusion that specialization is good for one’s career. It is no longer sufficient to just qualify as a mining engineer … you really need to keep accumulating special skills throughout your working life if you want a successful career. But this is not always easy to achieve when you are working on a remote mine where the pressures of the job can be quite daunting. And a fly-in-fly-out schedule does not lend itself to taking formal classes and lectures. On top of everything, you are expected to keep pace with rapid changes in technology.
These are some of the reasons for the growing popularity of online self-directed learning and training. Time and place are no longer the constraints they once were. Whether part of a corporate training program, or your own career development, all you need nowadays is an Internet connection and a provider of courses on relevant topics. Specifically, you no longer need to travel to satisfy your lifelong learning requirements. The following links give an indication of why EduMine is the leading global provider of courses for professional development and training in mining:
Click this link to do your own keyword search and find courses that match your career objectives. EduMine has more than 200 courses representing more than 2500 hours of professional development and training on mining topics.
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