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Title: Careers in Mining
Level: Secondary
Day/Time: Approx. 30 minutes
KERA Goals: 2.36

Background Information:
Today's society faces complex problems. The population is increasing, and our natural resources are decreasing. We all need to work together to manage those resources wisely. In the 90's and beyond, more scientists and engineers will be called upon to find the answers to protecting Earth's mineral resource. The need for trained scientists and engineers is expected to increase greatly...especially in the mining industry, which supplies the world's mineral products. Ask the students if they'd be interested in a mining career, then try the activity to see which jobs might suit them best.

Activity 1: Mining Careers

Materials:
Mining Careers student handout

1. Have the students think about what type of work they would like to be involved in. Then go through the questions on the list below, and have them each write down the following traits that apply to them.

Do you like to work with people?

Do you like to work with plants and the environment?

Do you like to work with animals?

Do you like to work with tools and instruments?

Are you good at working with equipment, machinery, or driving vehicles?

Are you good at communicating?

Are you good at managing or supervising?

Do you enjoy gathering, searching, and researching?

Are you a good problem solver?

Are you good at persuading people?

Do you like mathematics and physical sciences?

Do you like to work with computers?

2. Then pass out the Mining Careers student handout, and let them see what type of mining careers they might be cut out for.

IF YOU...YOU MIGHT MAKE A GOOD...
enjoy gathering, searching and researchingGeologist
are a good problem solverIndustrial Designer
enjoy gathering, searching and researching
like mathematics and physical sciences
are good at managing or supervising
Mining Engineer
enjoy gathering, searching and researching
are a good problem solver
are good at managing or supervising
Plant Engineer
enjoy gathering, searching and researching
are a good problem solver
are good at managing or supervising
like to work with plants and the environment
like to work with animals
Environmental Engineer
like to work with plants and the environment
like to work with animals
are good at managing or supervising
Wildlife Manager
like to work with people
are good at communicating
Public Relations and Marketing Professional
enjoy gathering, searching and researching
are a good problem solver
like to work with computers
Data Processing Specialist
like working with tools and instruments
like working with equipment, driving vehicles
Miner
like working with tools and instrumentsPlant Worker
like working with people
are good at communicating
and persuading people
Sales Representative

Provided by Caterpillar, Inc.

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