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Develops and designs open pit and underground mines, oversees construction of mine shafts and tunnels in underground operations, and devises methods for transporting minerals to processing plants. Finds, extracts, and prepares coal, metals, and minerals. Works to solve problems related to land reclamation and water and air pollution. Responsible for the safe, economical, and environmentally sound operation of mines. Ensures the safety of workers and compliance with State and Federal safety regulations. Inspects walls and roof surfaces, tests air samples, and examines mining equipment for compliance with safety practices. Excludes paraprofessional and supervisory positions.: Conducts research to determine location and methods of extracting minerals, including metallic ores and nonmetallic substances, such as coal, stone, and gravel. Conducts or collaborates in geological exploration, and reviews maps and drilling logs to determine location, size, accessibility, and estimated value of mineral deposit. Determines methods to extract minerals, considering factors, such as safety, operational costs, deposit characteristics, overburden depth, and surrounding strata. Plans, recommends, and coordinates mining process, type and capacity of haulage equipment, such as power shovels and trucks, and labor utilization. Lays out and directs mine construction operations, such as location and development of shafts, tunnels, chambers, position of excavation benches (levels), and access roads. Designs, implements, and monitors facility projects, such as water and power supply, ventilation system, rock-dust and radon gas control, drainage, rail and conveyor systems, and material cleaning, grading, and reduction systems. May develop new mining equipment or direct mineral processing operations to separate minerals from the dirt, rock, and other materials with which they are mixed. May devise methods and locations to store and replace excavated soil to reclaim mine sites. May analyze labor requirements, equipment needs, and operational costs to compute and prepare annual budget reports. May apply knowledge of mining engineering to solve problems concerned with environment. hide...show full eDOT descriptions