Geological Technician

The Geological Technician will collect, examine and identify resources found beneath the earth’s surface, in order to determine their mineral content, through this they are able to help indicate the potential area of a mine site.

Typical Duties

  • Assist Geologists in gathering and testing geological samples from the earth
  • Collect materials, catalogue findings, set up experiments and do research
  • Perform testing and analysis on rock, minerals and soil samples
  • Determine the content and characteristics of the samples collected from the soil rock and minerals
  • Work closely with both geologists and scientist both in the laboratory or in the field on a mine site
  • Use highly technical computerised equipment in order to analyse samples
  • Work closely with Geological Engineers, Mining Engineers, Hydrogeologist’s and other earth science professionals
  • Maintain field and laboratory testing
  • Assist in hydrographic, geochemical and geological surveys

Working Conditions

  • A Geological Technician would spent some time in the laboratory and time in the field
  • Geological Technicians may also be required to spend a fair amount of time on the mine site
  • Depending on the type of mine, the Geological Technician may spend time in the open, above ground, or underground where it can be cramped and hot
  • Production sites can be remotely located and can be hot and noisy
  • Geological Technicians may be required to travel and stay away from home for extended periods. They may be required to live on site away from home, or to work on a fly in fly out basis. FIFO commonly involves flying in for a certain period of time whilst the Geological Technician would be on site, and then flying home for periods when they are off work
  • Geological Technicians may get to see the world as if working for large international companies, their job will often involve international travel

Educational Requirements

  • Students interested in becoming a Geological Technician should take courses in mathematics, science, statistics and computing in high school
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Sciences or postsecondary educational certificate in science or technology would be required
  • Courses in mineralogy, geomorphology, aerialphotograhy interpretation and GIS systems would be advantageous
  • Geotechnical Technicians will generally have to have a strong background in math, science and computing
  • Specialised onsite training is often required

Personal Attributes

  • Have an interest in working with math, science and computers
  • Have an aptitude for numbers and statistics
  • Have knowledge of chemistry, geography and physics
  • Have an interest in the environment and technology and how they can fit together
  • Have an elevated sense of respect for safety procedures and regulations
  • Be able to embrace new techniques and technologies
  • Be able to work under pressure
  • Have excellent problem solving skills
  • Have a good work ethic and be goal oriented
  • Have a sense of adventure and be able to spend extended periods of time away from home
  • Have good management skills and be able to work in a team

Compensation

  • Geological Technicians can earn a good salary
  • Geological Technicians across the board can earn relatively good salaries and for those in the mining industry the salaries can be especially lucrative

Salary

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