Career profile
  • 1993» Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader of BEng Mining Engineering, University of Exeter
  • 1991»93 Lecturer, Camborne School of Mines
  • 1988»91 Senior Tunnel Engineer, Channel Tunnel project, employed by Eurotunnel
  • 1984»88 Employed by Gold Fields in South Africa, culminating in position of Acting Chief Rock Mechanics at Doornfontein Gold Mine
  • 1984 Off-contract employment at South Crofty Mine, Cornwall.


Global economic growth and increased demand for natural resources means there has been significant expansion of the minerals industry and there is now a significant worldwide shortage of new Mining Engineering graduates. Therefore, career opportunities for mining engineers are extremely good with extensive opportunities overseas particularly Australia, South America and Africa. In addition there are opportunities in the UK varying from the quarrying industry through to tunnelling companies and the financial sector. Naturally, this comes with a very good salary which would typically be higher than that of its competitor sectors.

Some graduates opt to continue their training by undertaking taught postgraduate (MSc) courses in geotechnical engineering or computing or undertake research degrees (MPhil/PhD).

You can find out more about where our graduates have been employed on our graduate destinations pages.

A rich curriculum enhanced by strong links with industry

A strong emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development with degree programmes specially designed to develop academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you for employment or future study. You will develop the essential skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, teamwork, decision-making, communication, planning and organising, time management, presentation and leadership.
Our undergraduates directly benefit from the hundreds of links with industry we have established through collaborative research and consultation. Student projects are usually industrially driven and often directly involve a company. This provides an opportunity for you to undertake commercially important projects at the forefront of technology, gain invaluable experience and enhance your employability.

Dedicated careers advice

The Employability Officer is active in developing aspects of our courses and services that improve the employability of our students. Potential employers make regular visits to the campus, helping students to decide on modules, industry placements and career paths, and sometimes holding interviews.

There is also a dedicated Careers Adviser who provides specific services such as workshops tailored to careers in Mining and Minerals Engineering and support in matters such as job applications and interview skills. The University's Employability and Graduate Development team will help you to write your CV and prepare for interviews.

Work placements and industrial training

Thanks to our excellent links with the extractive industries, particularly mining companies around the world, we have the opportunity to offer vacation employment to our students on the mining programme. Vacation employment between years two and three is a compulsory part of the programme and therefore provides an excellent opportunity to develop your CV and gain work experience before you graduate.

Compulsory work placements

In the summer vacation between the second and third years you will work in the mining industry for at least eight weeks. Most students work overseas during this period. The onus is on you to find a placement, although the Department can help by providing contact details and suggesting companies which suit your interests. Companies with close ties to the department also provide placements for a number of students. Most students receive a wage during their placement, and some companies provide other support such as accommodation and travel allowances.

Step Scheme

We recommend schemes such as Step to our Mining Engineering students and some have gained work placements this way. 

Personal development

Our students take advantage of the wide range of extra-curricular and personal development opportunities offered by the University, from study abroad to volunteering and playing an active role in student societies.

The Students Union-FXU runs clubs and societies at the Tremough Campus across a whole range of activities and interests. Our sports facilities are also well used by our students.

Exeter Student Ambassador Scheme: This scheme employs students as ambassadors to give potential university applicants a student’s view of university life. Ambassadors take part in a variety of activities including: visiting schools and colleges in the South West, giving tours of the campuses to prospective students and their parents, attending Higher Education Fairs, and helping out with University Open Days.

Careers events and initiatives

The Careers Service at the Tremough Campus run an annual Careers Fair in November where many employers are invited. This then gives students the opportunity to meet directly with professionals. In addition, throughout the day presentations are given by prospective employers where students are given the opportunity to fully engage and talk to potential employers. Furthermore, Cornwall students are encouraged to take advantage of free buses to take them up to attend the four Exeter careers fairs that happen throughout the year.

One significant opportunity for students are the regular presentations by employers coming to the campus looking to recruit both students for vacation employment and full-time positions.

Exeter Award

Many students from the College take part in the Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage students to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to their career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Further information

You can find out about training opportunities, job vacancies, skills development sessions, careers fairs and much more on the University of Exeter's Employability website. Further information is also available on the Careers and your future section of the University’s Undergraduate Study website.

Since graduating with a degree in Mining Engineering two years ago, I have moved out to Western Australia to experience the mining boom. I currently work for HWE Mining, a contracting company with a variety of mining operations.

Studying at CSM has given me not only the technical skills involved in Mining Engineering, but the all important inter-personal and project management skills required to actually make a mine site operate successfully. The degree and environment prepared me for the challenges in the workplace and the responsibilities of a mining engineer. This was especially useful when, after a year in industry, I took on the role of acting Senior Engineer at an iron-ore mine in the Pilbara.

The company recently awarded me the HWE Graduate of the Year award for how I approach the different aspects of mining, a direct result of my degree training and the excellent staff at CSM. Mining Engineering is such a diverse area and I would highly recommend it. Be you a hands-on person who wants to get dirty underground or someone who enjoys the thrills of optimising projects, I think the mining industry has a little something for everyone.

My days spent at CSM were such fun and I now have the career and lifestyle I always dreamt about!

Holly Moulding,
Recent Mining Engineering graduate

By the end of my first year I had secured a scholarship sponsored by the industrial minerals industry. By the start of my third year I had the ability and tools required to find work placements for all my holiday breaks.

Since I have graduated I’ve had little time to rest, I started work immediately for the world’s largest industrial minerals supplier, and I’m currently packing my bags for a conference in Belgium.

James Tupman,
Mining Engineering graduate

I have found Mining engineering to be really good at CSM. The course is enjoyable and challenging and it makes me feel like I'm going somewhere and has shown me what I really want to do with my career once I graduate, which I had no idea of when I arrived.

Mining Engineering undergraduate

CSM has a great support network, through its traditions and former pupils’ network who stay involved with the school, helping provide work experience and mentoring to pupils.

CSM undergraduate