The thought that some people would be interested in collecting rocks has never failed to amaze me. I figured it must be an acquired taste, a passion, a result of special training, or all of the above.
The interesting thing about mining engineering training is that it not only teaches needed skills to students—it also helps to actualize what is already there. Let’s examine what potential engineers are like, then.
If there’s one person in particular who could benefit from and contribute best to the mining engineer program, it’s the problem solver. Throw in healthy doses of curiosity and creativity, and you’ve got a formidable engineer on your hands.
The kinds of problems that engineers tackle require a respectable amount of tech savvy and proficiency with numbers, as they often involve work with machines and computer systems.
Engineering and Emotional Quotients
The student must also have a knack for breaking things down into their component parts and studying them—in a word, analysis. As with their peers in other fields, mining engineers will also be called upon to analyze statistics and other forms of data.
Engineers don’t just concern themselves with rocks all day long, even if it does seem that way. There may be times when they’ll be asked to deal with people as well. Thus, a healthy amount of EQ, leadership and communication skills is in order.
Finally, the demanding nature of the job requires the student to possess a sound body as well as a sound mind. It’s no wonder, then, that mining engineers are highly respected in their field of interest.