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How to become a Quarry Engineer

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What does a Quarry Engineer do?

Quarrying involves the safe extraction of minerals such as limestone, sandstone, slate or gravel. Most quarrying involves the use of explosives and heavy machinery.

Quarry engineers are qualified engineers who are involved in the organisation and planning of quarrying operations. They may also be involved in related activities such as road surfacing and the manufacture and preparation of concrete.

Environmental management, negotiating contracts, administration and other management duties can all be included in the work.

What's the working environment like working as a Quarry Engineer?

Working hours may vary, and may include evenings and weekends.

The working conditions are usually dusty and often noisy. Quarry engineers will be expected to work outdoors in all conditions.

What does it take to become a Quarry Engineer?

To be a quarry engineers you should:

  • have ability in physics and mathematics
  • have a logical mind, and be capable of using analytical and mathematical methods to solve problems and decide on the safest and most efficient quarrying methods
  • be vigilant and have an awareness of health and safety issues
  • have an interest in the environment
  • have knowledge of machinery, and be capable of understanding technical drawings and plans
  • have good communication skills are essential
  • be physically fit.

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Further information

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Institute of Quarrying
7 Regent Street
Nottingham
NG1 5BS
Tel: 0115 945 3880
www.quarrying.org

Facts and Stats:

  • Isambard Kingdom Brunel was only 5ft tall and wore a top hat to make himself look taller
  • Engineering generates more than 40 per cent of the UK¿s national wealth
  • The Box Hill tunnel, part of Brunel¿s Great Western Railway, took five years to dig and at two miles long was the longest tunnel in the world at the time

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