Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineers play a critical role in the mining industry as the Electrical Engineer will be responsible for planning and overseeing a mine sites power generating equipment. They will also work very closely with other Engineers on various projects.

Typical Duties

  • An Electrical Engineer will focus on design maintaining and improving anything and everything related to electronics for a mine
  • Plan and supervise power generating equipment specific to the mining industry
  • Supervise and oversee staff
  • Assist in the design and drawing of complex electrical systems
  • Work extensively with electrical equipment such as circuits and transformers
  • Electrical Engineers deal with electricity, electro-magnetism and electronics
  • Electrical Engineers will use various technology and processes to improve operational efficiencies
  • Electrical Engineers may be involved in highly technical roles as well as in management roles such as Project Management roles
  • Electrical Engineers can be involved in various subfields of Electrical Engineering including electronics, power engineering, control systems, instrumentation and microelectronics, amongst others

Working Conditions

  • Electrical Engineers will spend a fair amount of their day on site. However they may work in offices and the lab at times as well
  • When working in mining, they can typically find themselves working onsite on mines, possibly in remote locations where they may be exposed to extreme weather conditions
  • Electrical Engineers will often work in a team environment with other professionals, and will often be in a position where they will be supervising staff
  • In mining they can expect to work closely with other engineers such as mining engineers, and mechanical engineers
  • Electrical Engineers will often be required to work shifts

Educational Requirements

  • It would be essential for an Electrical Engineer to have a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
  • Electrical Engineering students will generally also be required to gain some practical, hands on experience, where they will earn college credit for structured job experience
  • A postgraduate qualification can be beneficial
  • Opportunities to gain experience and an insight into the profession are provided by many employers via vacation work, sponsorship and industrial placements
  • Practicing Electrical Engineers may have professional certification and be members of a professional body
  • Some Electrical Engineers will chose to study for a postgraduate degree such as a Master’s degree

Personal Attributes

  • Enjoy working with math, science, computers and anything mechanical
  • Because they work with electrics which can be dangerous, they need to have an elevated sense of respect for safety procedures and regulations
  • Be able to embrace new techniques and technologies
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Have a good work ethic and be goal oriented


  • Electrical Engineers are typically paid highly competitive salaries, with those in mining earning more than in various other industries
  • Electrical Engineers salaries vary tremendously depending on what region they are working in, what industry and in terms of how much experience they have
  • Other factors that will influence the salary of an Electrical Engineer include what company they work for, whether the position is FIFO, and whether they are in a contract or permanent position


  • Find out more about salaries here.

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