Mining Engineering Single Major
Part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program
Commencing semesters, 2017
School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering
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Why study Mining Engineering?
Mining engineering is the extraction of valuable ores from the ground for processing and utilisation. It involves all phases of mining operations: from exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final land restoration and rehabilitation. Responsibility for the development and production phases of a mine requires a broad knowledge of all mining operations and skills in leadership and industrial relations.
Graduates are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals are extracted. With experience, mining engineers progress to senior managers or technical specialists, mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Many are employed by international companies, and gain overseas experience. Mining engineers are also employed by civil engineering companies to supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works.
What you can study
This major integrates theory and practical application and involves mathematics, basic, earth and engineering sciences. Minors are available in minerals process engineering and geomechanics. The unique University Experimental Mine facility, located near the St Lucia campus, is used for practical work in ventilation, earth sciences, surveying, production engineering and safety.
View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Mining Engineering single major.
Most mining engineers are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, uranium ores, coal, natural gas, limestone and phosphate rock are extracted. Later in their careers some mining engineers specialise. Others as senior managers or technical specialists, tend to move to the major cities where the head offices of the companies are located. Experienced mining engineers are also employed as mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Mining engineers often work for international companies, leading to opportunities for overseas travel and employment. From the above outline, it is clear that if you intend to become a mining engineer you should be prepared to work (at least in the early stages of your career) in outdoor conditions remote from the major cities. If you wish to become a mine manager you should develop teamwork and leadership skills.
What it costs
Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) for indicative fees.
How to apply
Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) for information on key dates and how to apply.
Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:
- Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers Australia
- Engineers Australia