About MEC

The Minerals Education Coalition’s (MEC) mission is to identify, produce and disseminate fact-based K-12 minerals education lessons and activities and to inform and educate the general public about the importance of mining in their everyday lives.

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MEC Spotlights


Products you use every day like cell phones have mineral components that come from mining. What kind of minerals are used in creating technology and why? Learn more about the importance of mining and minerals in everyday life.


Each year, new minerals must be mined to support our lives and lifestyles. The Mineral Baby shows examples of the 3.03 million pounds of minerals, metals and fuels the average American will need in their lifetime.

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Careers in Mining

Today’s world faces complex problems. We all need to work together to manage the Earth’s natural resources wisely. More scientists and engineers will be called upon to find the answers we need, especially in the mining industry since it supplies the world’s mineral products. There are literally hundreds of careers related to mining. Careers in mining offer the opportunity for world travel, good income and the opportunity to make a difference.


Mining Careers Flyer
List of mining-related careers on one 8 ½ x 11 sheet (geologist, industrial designer, mining engineer, etc).

SME Exploring Mining Careers Booklet
A guide for students, parents and teachers to learn more about mining-related careers. Download PDF. Purchase copies from the SME bookstore.
Roles in Mining
View detailed information on many mining-related careers.

Careers In Mining PPT
Download this Power Point presentation to show students descriptions of some of the mining-related careers.

Mining and Mineral Related Job Board
MiningJobs.org is a provider of online recruiting services for mining and mineral related professionals. Take a look at actual mining-related jobs available today!