Rock Mechanics Technician
Geological and mineral technologists and technicians provide technical support and services or may work independently in the fields of oil and gas exploration and production, geophysics, petroleum engineering, geology, mining and mining engineering, mineralogy, extractive and physical metallurgy, metallurgical engineering and environmental protection. They are employed by petroleum and mining companies, consulting geology and engineering firms, and by governments and educational institutions as well as by a variety of manufacturing, construction and utilities companies.
- Studies the response of rocks and rock masses to forces and stresses placed upon them from both natural and man-made sources;
- Assists in mine design by simulating stresses in complex geological structures;
- Applies rock mechanics principles to underground mine design problems;
- Undertakes rock stress measurements;
- Studies landslides to mitigates the risk of future occurrences and to develop measures to limit their impacts and consequence;
- Undertakes fracture propagation in rock strata;
- Designs mitigating strategies based on engineering mechanics to ensure safety and stability in civil construction projects that involve rock formations as is the case for tunnels, mine shafts, open pit mines, road cuts and other structures built in or of rock;
- Designs reinforcement systems such as rock bolting patterns.
Three-year college program in geological or metallurgical engineering technology