Joyce Associates, Inc.
Mining Engineering Experts
Vince Joyce, P.E.



Henry Krumb School of Mines, Columbia University, New York, Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering, 1975.

Haileybury School of Mines, Ontario, Canada, Mining Engineering Technologist, 1972.

College of Technology, Dublin, Ireland - Laboratory Technician, 1968; Geological Technician, 1969 (Certified Examinations through City and Guilds, London, England).


Joyce Associates, Inc., Roanoke, Virginia, 1980 to present.


Founder of this consulting engineering company that provides a wide range of consulting services to the mining industry and to such clients as law firms, banks, coal companies, mining companies, mining equipment manufacturers, private landowners, state attorneys general, Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Justice, public utility commissions, and public interest advocates.

American Natural Resources Company, Detroit, Michigan, Feb. 1977 to Sept. 1980.

Manager of Mining Engineering, ANR Coal Company, Roanoke, Virginia

Responsible for the 'trouble shooting' of mining and environmental problems for company operations in Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia. Shared the responsibility in the construction of two preparation plants and associated facilities and with other groups, engineered mining plans, wrote technical specifications, prepared budgets and schedules. Evaluated contractor bids for site excavation, railroad construction, environmental and mining consultants, preparation plants and contract miners. Assisted in the writing of long-term sales agreements and the negotiations of coal sales contracts. Served as an expert witness in corporate bankruptcy litigation.

Senior Mining Engineer, American Natural Services Company

Evaluated and developed proposals on approximately 100 properties in the Appalachian coal fields. Reviewed and critiqued engineering reports and submittals (strip mines, deep mines or undeveloped properties) received from other companies, making assessments from on-site evaluations as to potential economic value. Provided engineering and economic inputs for the overall planning of coal acquisition. Assisted in the identification of markets and negotiation of coal sales contracts. Prepared strategies, policies and goals for three and ten year corporate business plans. Was one of the key personnel involved in the evaluation and acquisition of a $140 million coal company.

Consolidation Coal Company, Cadiz, Ohio, 1975 to 1977

Project Engineer

Worked on all aspects of engineering for four underground coal mines. Analyzed economic potential of mines, a bulk rock dust system and hydraulic oil system, compared belt vs. track haulage using computer simulation, reported on new equipment performance, long range mine planning and improving mine productivity.

Production Engineer

Supervised 10-man production crew.

Special Project Engineer

Was one of two engineers in charge of setting up a longwall system. Evaluated, designed and coordinated the system completely, up to and including the selection of equipment.

Westfield Minerals, Toronto, Canada, Summer 1974

Mining Exploration Geologist

Concerned mainly with property evaluation, prospecting, geochemical sampling, and geological mapping of copper, lead and zinc deposits in Nova Scotia, Canada.

Cominco, Ltd., Toronto, Canada, 1972 to 1973

Mining Technician

In charge of an expediting base for the development of an underground lead/zinc mine in the Canadian High Arctic. Work varied from general office work and accounting to coordinating eight summer exploration field camps, underground surveying, mine projections, ore grade control and ventilation. Gained considerable experience working in extreme permafrost conditions and isolated areas. This mine is located North of Latitude 74 degrees.

Northgate Exploration, Toronto, Canada, Summers 1970 and 1971

Mining Exploration Assistant

The job was exploring for copper, lead and zinc in Ontario and Quebec. Work included claim staking, geophysical surveying using magnetometers and induced polarization, geochemical sampling, geological mapping, core logging. Was in charge of a diamond drilling program.

Industrial Research and Standards, Dublin, Ireland, 1968 to 1969

Minerals Research Technician

Projects were exceptionally varied from extractive mineralogy to the examination by photomicrography of ceramic bodies. This semi-government research organization supplied research services to the brick, pottery and mining industries in Ireland.

Geology Department, University College, Dublin, Ireland, 1966 to 1968

Trainee Geological Technician

Duties included rock cutting and polishing, preparation of geological thin sections and polished sections, photo-micrography and general laboratory work.


Three-year full scholarship from Irish Base Metals, Ltd. to Haileybury School of Mines, Canada, 1969-1972.

J. P. Bickell Scholarship from Haileybury School of Mines, 1969.

W. F. Brown Scholarship from Haileybury School of Mines, 1970.

Henry Krumb Scholarship from Columbia University, New York, 1974.

Old Time Coal Miners Award for the year 1975, Columbia University, New York.


Registered Professional Engineer in: Ohio (E-43659), Virginia (10897), West Virginia (8181), Kentucky (11042), Michigan (38519), Pennsylvania, Florida


National Society of Professional Engineers
Ohio Society of Professional Engineers
Virginia Society of Professional Engineers
West Virginia Society of Professional Engineers
Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
A.I.M.E. - Society of Mining Engineers


Co-authored Chapter 4, Coal Preparation, 5th Edition, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc., 1991.


Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Western Community College, Spring Semester 1993, 1995, 1997.