Mining Engineering

Mining brings hidden natural earth minerals to the surface in a safe, efficient, and responsible way without causing undue disturbance to the environment, to satisfy societal and industrial needs, and to promote significant contributions to the economy. To make mine operations more productive, safe, and economical using modern technology and highly sophisticated equipment methodologies, the industry needs intelligent, responsible, creative, and skillful practitioners. The job responsibilities of Mining Engineers include designing layouts for both surface and underground mines, preparation of short- and long-range mine plans and production sequences, selection and scheduling of equipment, designing blast patterns for rock fragmentation and excavation, designing ventilation plans for underground mines, monitoring safety of personnel and equipment, optimizing processes, etc.

Mining engineers not only plan, design and supervise the exploitation of both the surface and underground mining operations for safe and profitable extraction, but also to bring innovative decisions for making the mining operation sustainable in challenging environmental and difficult market conditions. To become a good decision maker, mining engineers require sound fundamental technical and scientific multi-disciplinary knowledge as well as practical skills for communicating and working in multidisciplinary teams.

Michigan Technological University is introducing a new multidisciplinary Mining Engineering program starting in Fall 2016. This program is hosted by the Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences, yet relies on courses and faculty from several departments within the College of Engineering. This multidisciplinary mining program includes courses from Civil and Environmental, Chemical, and Mechanical Engineering, and the School of Technology, in addition to courses from core Mining and Geological Engineering programs. This multidisciplinary Mining Engineering degree prepares students to address the challenges of modern mining practices and positions them for a leadership role in the mining industry.