Mining and Metallurgical Engineering

    No one thinks much about mining engineering or metallurgical engineers and for a number of reasons. Just as most of North America has forgotten that bacon is from a pig that someone raised and then killed, or beef is from a cow that someone patted and then killed, or turnips are from a garden that someone tended and then tore out or apples are from a tree that someone fertilized and then picked; so have most people forgotten that the materials which make up the computer they are reading this on came from rocks that had to be blasted and crushed and hauled and messed about and heated and melted and formed and cooled. And someone has to do all this work. And that someone (in the case of the rocks) is a mining engineer.

    It was not always thus. In Biblical times mining engineers were held in much higher regard as demonstrated by this recently discovered Sinai cave painting. Moses, you see, was neither a faux Pharoahic aristocrat nor a meandering Midianite shepherd. At heart he was a mining engineer and clearly displayed all the attributes of being such; he liked to clim

    b mountains, he handled rocks well and was close to God (but for the last bit he might have been a geologist).

    You’ll see from the picture that, while he got part of the safety thing right he missed to footwear bit. Sandals are no longer acceptable mining footwear but the hardhat was pretty advanced and that really is what this website demonstrates – mining engineers are really pretty darn advanced people. In the world view of some, we are more “evolved”. There is no point in debating or kicking at this description because that is what it is – a description – and not an opinion.

    As to the “close to God” bit I need only direct your attention to the poetry of the Book of Job to demonstrate how truly remarkable our relationship with our Creator is.

    "There is a mine for silver
    and a place where gold is refined.

    Man (the mining engineer) puts an end to the darkness;
    he searches the farthest recesses
    for ore in the blackest darkness.

    Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft, 
    in places forgotten by the foot of man;
    far from men he dangles and sways.

    The earth, from which food comes

    So the next time you climb into a car; or turn on your computer; or put on your jewelry; or fly to a sun location; or paint your walls; or turn on your taps; or open the fridge… give a thought to the mining engineers who made all this possible for you to do. Give a prayer of thanks to the humble people who allow you to live a life more advanced than the cavemen. It will make you feel better  about yourself.,
    is transformed below as by fire;