Mine Surveyor

Mine Surveyors have a tremendous amount of responsibility on their shoulders as they need to ensure the safety of the mine and those who work on it, thorough accurate assessment and careful management.

Typical Duties

  • Mine Surveyors will take part in is the creation of maps and plans for the mine
  • A Mine Surveyor will be responsible for taking accurate measurements, which will then be manipulated and turned into a usable map
  • They will also carry out initial surveys and risk assessments and environmental impact assessments on potential sites to assess the viability of a potential mine site
  • Mine Surveyors will be responsible for both underground and surface surveys
  • They are responsible for maintaining accurate plans of mines as a whole and will create and update maps of the surface layout which will include buildings and other structures, as well as surveying the underground mine workings to keep a record of the mine operations
  • Mine Surveyors will also measure the areas and volumes blasted by the underground crew, where they will measure the quantity of work done and calculate the contractual earnings
  • One of the most important functions of a Mine Surveyor is their involvement in the measuring process to calculate production from the mining operation. They will also take samples to determine the viability and profitability of the mine, and provide valuations of mineral deposits
  • Mine Surveyors will also deal with ownership rights and negotiating contracts to buy, lease or access sites
  • Mine Surveyors form such a critical role in the mining industry as they are able to determine the economic viability of a potential mine site, and manage and develop the sites, and map and record the extent of mineral extraction
  • A Mine Surveyor will closely examine and predict the environmental effects and impacts of mining, including air pollution and the damage to the landscape
  • Once the mine has been exhausted they then work with other professionals including environmental professionals and engineers to restore the land and provide advice as to how waste material should be disposed of

Working Conditions

  • Mine Surveyors would be based at times in corporate offices or on site on the mines, either underground or in an open pit mine
  • Regardless the type of mine, Mine Surveyors will generally spend a fair amount of time in the field and must be willing to work in and travel to remote regions
  • 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
  • In mining they will often carry out various tasks to assist the Geologists and the mining engineers in an underground or open pit mine
  • Shift work is often required

Educational Requirements

  • Typically a Mine Surveyor would be required to complete at least a Mine Technician / Technologist Diploma as well as specialized onsite training
  • The requirements will however vary depending on region, as well as from licensing body to licensing body
  • Specialized onsite training is often required

Personal Attributes

  • Must be good at maths, have an interest in geography, the sciences and love being outdoors as well as indoors
  • Must have good organizational skills, be able to measure accurately and be good at problem solving
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Have a good work ethic and be goal oriented
  • Must be able to embrace new techniques and technologies and be adaptable


  • Mine Surveyor salaries vary tremendously depending on what region they are working in, industry and the amount of experience obtained also play a crucial role
  • Surveyors in mining generally will earn a highly competitive salary


  • Find out more about salaries here.

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