Underground Metallurgical Engineering

Metallurgical Engineering in the UG mining sector is a critical role that combines understanding of underground operations with the science of materials and processing.
Process Optimization: Developing and optimizing processes for the extraction of metals from ores, including comminution, flotation, leaching, and others.
Quality Control: Ensuring the quality of metal production meets the required standards and specifications. Recovery Improvement: Focusing on improving the recovery rates of valuable minerals while minimizing losses.
Technical Knowledge: A strong foundation in chemistry, physics, and material sciences as they apply to metallurgy.
Reviewing production data from the previous shift, checking for any issues in the processing plant, and planning the day’s activities. Analyzing metallurgical test results, working on process optimization, and attending meetings with other departments to discuss ongoing operations and projects.
FIFO Rosters: For remote locations, Metallurgical Engineers may work on a FIFO basis, similar to other UG mining roles, with rosters such as 2 weeks on, 1 week off. Occasional Travel: There may be occasional travel for conferences, training sessions, or to visit equipment suppliers and manufacturers.

“Leading a multidisciplinary team allows you to see how each area contributes to the overall value of the Mining project.”

Catherine Lalut
Senior Mining Consultant
President Women in Mining & Engineer WA (WMEWA)

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