Mining brings natural earth minerals to the surface in a safe, efficient, and responsible way without causing undue disturbance to the environment.
Mining is necessary to satisfy societal and industrial needs and to promote significant contributions to the economy. The goal is to make mine operations more productive, safe, and economical using modern technology and highly sophisticated equipment methodologies. To accomplish this, 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
Our ABET accredited BS in Mining Engineering prepares students to create the future.
18students for average class size
14schools nationally offering geological or mining engineering programs
8thhighest paying college major in 2022 (Payscale)
Tomorrow Needs Innovation and Sustainability
Mining engineers plan, design, and supervise the exploitation of both the surface and underground mining operations for safe and profitable extraction. Market conditions can be difficult and the environment challenging. The creation of a sustainable mining operation must involve innovative decision-making.
To become a good decision maker, mining engineers require sound technical expertise and multi-disciplinary knowledge across the sciences. Practical experience, communication skills, and the ability to work in multidisciplinary teams are also critical.
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.
Core Course Areas
- Mining engineering
- Geological engineering
Multidisciplinary Course Areas
- Civil engineering
- Environmental engineering
- Chemical engineering
- Mechanical engineering
The mining engineering degree prepares students to address the challenges of modern mining practices and positions them for a leadership role in the mining industry.
The mission of the Bachelor of Science in 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.
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.
Each year, more than 400 employers come to campus to recruit Huskies at our career fairs and our business grads go on to work at Fortune 500 companies, tech startups, small businesses, and everything in between.
Career Opportunities for Mining Engineering
- 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