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.
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The mission of the Mining Engineering degree program is to continue to improve and maintain quality undergraduate and graduate programs supported by an up-to-date curriculum and innovative research, and to produce technically competent mining engineers who possess team skills and are cognizant of the changing needs of an environmentally sensitive society.
The Mining Engineering undergraduate curriculum at Michigan Tech prepares students for careers in Mining and related industries. It is expected that within few years of graduation, our students will:
(i) Have a career in mining or an allied industry, or be enrolled for higher study with due consideration of sustainable and societal issues
(ii) Be effective in the design and evaluation of solutions to challenging mining engineering problems and communicate and function effectively in multidisciplinary teams
(iii) Be expected to continue their professional development by obtaining licensure as a Professional Engineer and participating in short courses and conferences
(iv) Be expected to understand and engage in a safe, professional and ethical work practice and industrial hygiene.
About the Program
- Our state-of-the-art facilities allow students to experiment with advanced mining and geological technologies. The department maintains labs dedicated to mining simulation and optimization, engineering geology, geomechanics, petrophysics, geochemistry, and environmental science among other areas.
- Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula offers beautiful outdoor facilities. The region has active mines, which are ideal for mining field trips.
- Our curriculum blends classroom and field studies. Michigan is famous for aggregates and copper. Our program is closely tied with local mining companies for student field trips and internships. We also provide opportunities for students to see mining operations in different states.
- Our program encourages junior and senior students to participate in undergraduate research, and the opportunities are plentiful, both internal and external.
Our curriculum emphasizes and encourages students to select courses from different departments to improve their multidisciplinary skills.
- Faculty and staff focus on giving students the personal attention and support necessary for not only academic success, but also a positive undergraduate experience overall. Learn from faculty who understand responsible utilization of mineral resources.
- Opportunities for intercultural exchange abound at Michigan Tech. The Study Abroad Program sends students to countries around the world for stints ranging from two weeks to one year. D80 allows students to apply their studies to the problems facing economically disadvantaged communities.
What career pathways are a good fit for our graduates?
A bachelor’s degree in Mining engineering will prepare you for a career in mining and aggregate industries or graduate study. As a mining engineer, you will be able to work in all aspects of exploring, planning, extracting and processing minerals. These may include:
- Mining Engineer
- Mining Geostatistician
- Mine Planning Engineer
- Mine Manager
- Consulting Engineer
- Mining Company Director
- Mining Law enforcement officer
- Graduate studies
- Geotechnical Engineer
- Research and Development
Where have our graduates found employment?
Employers of our alumni include:
- Shell Exploration
- DTE Energy
- Newmont Mining Corporation
- Rio Tinto
- Cliffs Natural Resources
- URS Corporation
- Ciorba Group
- 3M Company
- US Geological Survey