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What will I learn in a mining engineering degree program?

Mining engineering is perhaps the broadest of engineering disciplines, and our graduates are versatile problem solvers.

As a first-year student, you’ll start with foundational courses such as calculus, English, chemistry, geology, introductory mining and physics.

As you move through the program, your courses will focus on specific mining topics, covering all aspects of mining engineering: mine planning, design, operation, mine automation and robotics and mine closure. These courses include fundamentals engineering topics such as thermodynamics, circuits, hydraulics and materials. You’ll also study topics such as industrial health and safety, mineral economics and environmentally sustainable mining.

Learning outcomes

Students majoring in mining engineering learn to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the mathematics, science, and engineering areas necessary to identify, formulate, and solve practical engineering problems. The program will maintain compliance with ABET Accreditation
  • Demonstrate proficiency in engineering topics related to surface and underground mining
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and design a technically sound mine in an ethically, environmentally, and socially responsible manner
  • Communicate plans, designs, and operational practices to mine representatives, regulators, and the public
  • Prepare for entry-level positions in the operations and management of mines, or for graduate-level study in engineering

Senior capstone course: Mine feasibility study

After four years of hands-on experiences, including frequent field trips to mines and a number of laboratory-based classes, the bachelor’s degree in mining engineering ends with a capstone course: the complete design of a mine from start to finish, including financial, social, and environmental concerns. Students present their design to a panel of engineers and managers from the mining industry.

Program accreditation

The B.S. in mining engineering program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Accreditation ensures that the program has clearly articulated Program Educational Objectives for graduates, directly assessable Student Outcomes for program majors, and publicly available enrollment and graduation data.

Specializations in the mining engineering program

  • Minor

    Students minoring in mining engineering take courses in mine design, technology, computer applications, environmental concerns, industrial safety and health, and mineral economics. 

  • General option

    This option is patterned on the traditional broad-based mining engineering program that prepares students for a wide variety of areas in the mining industry, from mine design to operations to closure. 

  • Intelligent mining system

    Intelligent mining systems focuses on the application of artificial intelligence, virtual reality and automation in the mining industry.

  • Process metallurgy

    Students specializing in process metallurgy focus on the processing of minerals into salable commodities such as metals or chemical compounds.

  • Quarry option

    The quarry specialization focuses on the issues specific to the construction sggregates and auarry sectors of the mining industry.

What it means to earn a Mackay degree

This degree is awarded by the Mackay School of Earth Sciences and Engineering. Find out what Mackay's rich history, strong connection to industry and dedication to student internship and career support can do for you.

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Careers with a degree in mining engineering

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