Gov. Norm Bangerter has appointed former mining consultant Thomas R. Carlson to the Utah State Industrial Commission, replacing Commissioner Lenice Nielsen, who resigned for health reasons.

As a consultant for open pit mining, Carlson, 60, used his experience in geology, drilling, mine planning and layout, facilities planning, maintenance, organization and operating practices. He was director of mining operations for Kennecott Copper, now BP Minerals, from 1984 to 1985.Carlson joins two other Industrial Commission members, Stephen Hadley and John Florez.

Carlson graduated from Michigan College of Mining and Technology in mining engineering in 1952. He also completed the executive development program at the University of Utah.

He faces confirmation hearings before the the Utah State Senate on May 18. If confirmed, his term will expire in April 1989.