Quarry engineers explore new sites, oversee extraction operations and manage sites at the end of their commercial life.
Salary Range: £22,000 to £60,000
How to become a quarry engineer
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- an apprenticeship
You can become a quarry or mining engineer by completing a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree. You can choose from a subject like:
- minerals engineering
- mining engineering
- Earth sciences
- civil engineering
You’ll usually need:
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- equivalent entry requirements
- student finance for fees and living costs
- university courses and entry requirements
You may be able to do a higher apprenticeship in minerals product technology. With experience, you could then become a quarry engineer.
You’ll usually need:
- 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) and A levels, or equivalent, for a higher or degree apprenticeship
Professional and industry bodies
You can join The Institute of Quarrying to help with your professional development.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- maths knowledge
- knowledge of building and construction
- design skills and knowledge
- excellent verbal communication skills
- knowledge of English language
- thinking and reasoning skills
- the ability to read English
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and requirements
Some job opportunities are on overseas contracts, so you may need to move abroad for work.
What you’ll do
Your tasks will usually include:
- using ground-surveying techniques to check the site’s geology
- drilling earth and rock samples for lab testing
- building up computer models of a site and its deposits
- making recommendations on how to proceed
If mining goes ahead, you’ll be:
- managing the day-to-day running of operations
- overseeing technical staff
- producing progress reports
- monitoring health and safety
- drawing up plans to guard against emergencies like a tunnel collapsing or flooding
- making plans for restoration of the site after quarry workings end
You could work at a quarry or in an office.
Your working environment may be cramped, dusty, dirty and you may spend nights away from home.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into related careers like civil, construction and environmental engineering.