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Canada – Job Trends – Mining Engineer

Posted on December 30, 2020
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Mining engineers are involved in the planning, design, organization and supervision of the development of mines, mine facilities, systems and equipment; and supervise the extraction of metals from underground or surface mines. They are employed by mining companies, consulting engineering companies, manufacturers, government bodies and research institutions.

Mining engineers-NOC  2143


An individual with an occupation of mining engineer, classified as NOC 2143 in the Canadian labour market, can expect to earn somewhere between CAD 28.59/hour and CAD 76.92/hour in Canada.

The median wage for this profession is approximately CAD 46.88 per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan where it is CAD 57.69  per hour.

Do note that the data on the prevailing wages in most of the Canadian provinces is not available.

Hourly wages in Canada for NOC 2143
Province/territory Low Median High
Alberta N/A N/A N/A
British Columbia N/A N/A N/A
Manitoba N/A N/A N/A
New Brunswick N/A N/A N/A
Newfoundland and Labrador N/A N/A N/A
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia N/A N/A N/A
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 28.59 36.54 60.36
Prince Edward Island N/A N/A N/A
Quebec N/A N/A N/A
Saskatchewan 38.46 57.69 80.29
Yukon N/A N/A N/A



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Skills/Knowledge required for NOC 2143 in Canada

Generally, the following will be required for working in Canada as a mining engineer –

Skills Analysis ·         Analyzing information

·         Planning

·         Projecting outcomes

Communication ·         Advising and consulting

·         Liaising and networking

·         Professional communicating

Creative Expression Designing
Management ·         Co-ordinating and organizing

·         Supervising

Service and care Protecting and enforcing
Knowledge Engineering and Technology ·         Building and construction

·         Computer and information systems

·         Design

·         Engineering and applied technologies

·         Mechanics and machinery

Law and Public Safety Public Safety and Security
Manufacturing and Production Processing and Production
Mathematics and Science Earth Sciences (Geosciences)

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for mining engineers is fair in Canada.

Future job prospects for NOC 2143 in Canada, by province and territory.

Job prospects Location in Canada
Good ·          British Columbia

·         Ontario

Fair ·         Alberta

·         Saskatchewan

Limited  –
Undetermined ·         Manitoba

·         New Brunswick

·         Newfoundland and Labrador

·         Northwest Territories

·         Nova Scotia

·         Nunavut

·         Prince Edward Island

·         Quebec

·         Yukon

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Few vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in mining engineering or in a related area of engineering is required.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • Licensing of skilled engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • After graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice exam, they are eligible for registration.

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority.

As NOC 2143 comes under “regulated occupations”, proper certification from a regulatory authority in Canada will be required before commencing to work in Canada as a chemical engineer.

The regulatory authority that certifies the individual will be as per the province or territory that the individual intends working in Canada in.

Location Regulatory body
Alberta Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Quebec Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Engineers of Yukon


  • To determine the economic and environmental viability of future mining activities, perform preliminary surveys and studies of ore, mineral or coal deposits
  • Determine the suitable means of safe and effective mining of deposits
  • Determine and advise on suitable methods for mining, construction or demolition for drilling and blasting
  • Building shafts, ventilation systems, mine installations, transport systems and support structures Construction, creation and implementation of computer applications such as mine design, mine modelling, mapping or monitoring of mine conditions
  • Plan and build or pick, in cooperation with other engineering experts, mining equipment and machinery and mineral treatment machinery and equipment
  • Plan, coordinate and oversee the construction and operation of mines and mine structures, and maintenance
  • Construction of mines and mine structures and the operation and maintenance of mines
  • Prepare forecasts of operations and programmes, schedules and reports
  • Implement and organize systems for mine protection

How to immigrate to Canada as a mining engineer?

Mining engineer is an eligible occupation under Canada’s FSWP. They can get a PR visa through Express Entry.

Launched in 2015, the Express Entry system of Canada is managed through Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). Applications for Canadian permanent residence for three of the main economic immigration programs of Canada — the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP), the Federal Skilled Trades (FSTP), and the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) — come under IRCC Express Entry.

Canada’s Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) offers many immigration pathways. Many of the PNP streams are available for skilled workers.

Among the most sought-after PNP programs are – the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP), the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP), the British Columbia Provincial Nominee Program (BC PNP), and the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP).

Quebec is not a part of Canadian PNP.

Applicants will have to get their mining engineering skills and their experience and qualifications assessed by a local Canadian body which will serve two purposes. First and foremost, a positive skills evaluation will assist you in claiming the required points on both the Express Entry CRS and the Federal Skilled Trades application. Second, your positive skills evaluation will also serve as your Canada Equivalent Qualification, which will be used for your professional registrations, thus having your Engineering abilities assessed means you’ll be qualified to work in Canada as soon as you land there.

Candidates can always immigrate to Canada even if they don’t have a job offer if they have a good CRS score and a Canada Federal Skilled Worker Visa. Receiving a job offer, on the other hand, would increase a person’s score by 200 points, allowing them to enter the country more easily.

Geologists, geoscientists, metallurgists, mining engineers, and those who are familiar with heavy equipment operation, computer technology, and information management will be needed for all core mining professions.

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