- 4 years ago
- Wedding: October 2016 - Wedgewood Las Vegas
What do you do?
I’m a Geotechnical Engineer at an open pit copper mine. Pretty much means I’m responsible for monitoring the high-walls and dealing with any landslides, rock fall, etc.
How did you get into it?
I originally went into a college to prepare for the oil feilds, but stumbled across a summer internship at my current mine. Fell in love with the work and haven’t thought about a different career since!
Do you love it or dream of sending in your resignation?
Both. Love the challenges, but the work can be long. As a salaried position, you aren’t paid for your overtime at all. I’m frequently on call, so there have been many times I have had to come into work in the middle of the night. I love it, too, though.
Any recommendation for someone looking to get in your feild?
A geological engineering degree is a must. And internships, internships, and internships. They help you gain experience, without too much responsibilities, so that you can test the water and see if you like it without committing fully. You also can’t be a quiet person. 🙂 You need to be a little outgoing and not afraid to stand up for what you want.
For fun, if you could open a business, what would it be?
Would love to open a microbrewery! Or become a certified gemologist, and open my own fine jewelry store. 🙂