Geology technicians are involved in the planning phase of work to be carried out. They also collect, organize and analyze data for mineral resource exploration and development. They are employed by exploration companies, drilling companies, consulting-engineering firms, municipalities and government departments, working on sites such as underground mines, open-cast mines and quarries.
Tasks entrusted to geology technicians are two-fold:
Where exploration geology is concerned, technicians participate in preparing exploration projects, conducting geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys, supervising drilling work and characterizing mineral deposits and aquifers.
Where mining geology is concerned, technicians plan and supervise blasting of minerals and control terrain stability.
Geology technicians work under the supervision of geologists, geological engineers, work site managers, geophysicists, geochemists and hydrogeologists. They work in collaboration with those in charge of surveying or drilling activities, operating engineers, miners and blasters.