a company. A first- aid certificate is usually compulsory in this field."
"A mining surveyor must be a completely dedicated and an exceptionally honest person. Surveyors must be able to handle potential manipulation; they must be neat and meticulous with measurements and calculations; and, as with most mine-workers, they must also be physically and medically fit."
An average day
"An average day basically involves preparations for the underground jobs; going underground to install survey pegs; and giving instructions and guidelines to the mine workers. I plot all the information and data collected onto plans, and give these records to all the relevant people. I also measure the tons of matter that has been mined in order to determine the bonus payments for the contract workers."
The best thing about the job
"As long as excavations are being carried out, there will always be work opportunities for surveyors. This is a lucrative career path to follow if one is dedicated and studies hard. I enjoy being thorough in my job – I always check everything more than once to ensure that the chances of making mistakes are extremely minimal. I also enjoy working with, and being a part of the whole mining team."
The worst thing about the job
"Mining surveyors very seldom get credit for their role in the mining industry. I feel that we could do with more acknowledgement from our department for the work we do."
"I am very happy in my current job, but I would like to further my studies and advance to management level. My dream job would be that of an ore reserve manager," smiles Jacques.
Published By: Marli Merz & Matters