European Mining Jobs

Mining involves the extraction of minerals from the earth surface or below the earth. Europe is rich in natural resources, and minerals which are mined are used in everyday life as construction materials for infrastructure, buildings, roads, production of steel, cars, computers, medicines and fertilisers.

Metals and minerals mined in Europe

Some of the metals and minerals mined in Europe are listed below:

  • Barytes
  • Bentonite
  • Chromium
  • Coal
  • Feldspar
  • Fluorspar
  • Gypsum
  • Kaolin
  • Magnesite
  • Potash
  • Salt
  • Silica
  • Silver
  • Talc
  • Titanium
  • Zinc

Europe is a major global producer of minerals such as magnesite, kaolin, fluorspar, and potash. Gypsum is an important industrial mineral and is used as fertiliser and in the construction of bridges and roads. Spain accounts for the largest production of gypsum in the European Union.

Europe is a large producer of the mineral feldspar, responsible for over 57% of the world’s total production in 2011. Feldspar is used in the ceramic and glass industry and large quantities of it are produced in Italy.

European mine locations

There are mines located throughout Europe which are used to mine a variety of minerals and metals. The type of mine used, such as open pit or underground, will depend on the location and characteristic of the mineral deposit.

Some of the mines which are located in Europe are listed below:

  • The Aguablanca mine, Spain, consists of an open pit mine used for nickel and copper
  • The Neves-Corvo mine, Portugal, is an underground mine which produces zinc and copper
  • The Chelopech mine, Bulgaria, is an underground mine which produces gold and copper
  • The Galmoy mine, Ireland, is an underground mine which produces zinc
  • The Pyhäsalmi mine, Finland, is an underground mine producing copper and zinc.

Mining jobs in Europe

There is a wide range of job opportunities available within the mining industry, and some of the jobs on offer include:

  • Strategic mine planner jobs
  • Geologist jobs
  • Construction jobs 
  • Structural engineer jobs
  • Environmental engineer jobs
  • Process engineer jobs
  • Health, safety & environmental jobs
  • Project control jobs
  • Mechanical engineer jobs

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