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Below are frequently asked questions and answers relating to the MINE program.


What is Mining Engineering?

Being a mining engineer is about a lot more than rocks, minerals, and hard hats. The opportunities are vast and varied. Mining Engineering includes everything to do with the extraction of valuable mineral resources from the Earth. It is a multidisciplinary career that incorporates mechanical, environmental, chemical, civil and geological engineering principles within a sustainable economic and social framework.

Mining at UBC offers a broad professional degree program, integrating courses on engineering principles, earth and mineral sciences, mining and mineral processing case studies, health, safety and environmental issues, social sciences and management, as well as economics and business.

Emphasis is on providing students with the comprehensive knowledge and hands-on skills to succeed in the industry. Students have opportunities for industry employment and participation in research activity at working mines. This approach helps our students develop practical skills and gain exposure to valuable industry experience.

What are examples of the typical types of work or tasks that someone in Mining Engineering does?

All UBC Engineering students complete a common, foundation year consisting of courses in general engineering, math, chemistry and physics. In second year, mining students are introduced to key principles in Mining and Mineral Processing in addition to other core engineering principles from other disciplines.

Third year coursework provides opportunities for students to develop an in-depth understanding of rock mechanics, rock fragmentation, surface and underground mine design, physical mineral processes, flotation, mineral deposit modeling and engineering economics.

In the final year of the program, students complete coursework in ventilation, mine management, industrial automation and robotics, waste management, mining and environment, as well as mine and plant feasibility study. Electives include mining, processing or maintenance engineering options. Photo courtesy of Teck. Every year, graduating students in the Mining Engineering Undergraduate Program undertake an international field trip to learn about the industry in a different part of the world. Past trip destinations have included Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Nevada, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey.


What are some of the typical courses that someone in Mining Engineering takes?

See the UBC Calendar for the official Courses for UBC Mining Engineering.

Please also see the MINE Academic Planning Form (XLSX) in helping you track your completed courses.


What types of industries and jobs does someone in Mining Engineering work in?

UBC Mining Engineers are in great demand in the global job market. They work in the field, as well as in research, management and consulting. All over the world, UBC mining engineers are employed by:

• mining companies extracting metals industrial minerals, coal and oil • mineral exploration companies • engineering design, contracting and consulting companies • provincial or federal governments • banks, financial and legal corporations UBC prepares students to be Global Citizens • equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

People are attracted to this industry because of:

• travel - work anywhere in the world • careers that range from pure teaching and research to senior management • financial rewards - high salaries • opportunities for critical thinking and problem solving • opportunities for life-long learning and continuing career advancement • high demand • access to state of the art technologies.

How does Co-op work with the program?

The program consists of two 8-month and one 4-month work terms requiring 5 years to complete instead of the conventional 4 years.

About half our students participate in the Co-Op Program. The Co-Op Office places students in mining engineering-type jobs with companies around the world.

If you would like more information or have a job for a student, please visit: www.ubcengineeringcoop.com