Exploration Geologist

Chris R. Siron, 27

Exploration Geologist @Full Metal Minerals in Alaska since 2008c6

What is your educational background?
I graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a B.Sc. in Geological Engineering in 2007 and a M.Sc. in Geology in 2010.

Why mining?
If it can’t be grown it MUST be mined.

What are your job responsibilities?
As a junior geologist with Full Metal, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in many aspects of the exploration and mining industry, including the finance and business operations. On the technical side, I’ve been involved in helicopter-supported reconnaissance-style exploration, regional and local scale soil sampling and survey design, geological mapping, geophysical survey design and interpretation, drill targeting, core logging, and remote-camp logistics. Notwithstanding, managerial tasks such as liaising with consultants, government, native corporations/First Nations, and academia along with scheduling, building and maintaining budgets, and managing remote field camps are common responsibilities.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?
Patience. Exploration doesn’t happen overnight.

What is the best part of your job?
When everything comes together and that drill target hits!

What is the best part about working in the mining industry?
It’s a small industry, everyone knows each other. I enjoy reading press releases and news articles and seeing my friends and competitors reporting successful results.

What advice would you give to college students interested in entering the
mining industry?
Get as much experience as you can. Join a professional society, do the field trips, go to the conferences, and get involved!