Your degree in Mining Engineering

While studying Mining Engineering, you're learning to extract valuable geological materials from the earth while reducing the environmental footprint of such activities. You’ll develop important skills in mineral processing, material handling, and mine management.

These skills may include:

  • Design and development of underground and surface mines including ventilation, drainage and transportation systems, maintenance programs, as well as mine closure activities
  • Establishing sustainable practices, methods and technologies to design as well as operate mining and mineral processing facilities
  • Analysis and evaluation of mine production performance data and implementing improvements
  • Application of mineral processing techniques and methods including sampling, crushing, screening, classification, and separation
  • Development, planning, and analysis of material handling processes to determine production rates and capacity
  • Conducting feasibility studies to define appropriate mine site activities, mining methods, equipment selection, and financial and human capital requirement
  • Effective communication of ideas and development of relationships with internal stakeholders and community partners to achieve project goals

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including mineral exploration, mine design and management, banking and venture capital, mining equipment and manufacturing, mineral and metal production and processing, environmental consulting, energy and utilities, technical sales and support, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Business analyst for mining

Civil engineer

Consulting mining engineer

Environmental engineer

Financial analyst for the mining sector

Geological engineer

Geotechnical engineer

Investor relations analyst

Machine and equipment designer

Mine closure specialist

Mine construction inspector

Mine design engineer

Mine development engineer

Mine layout engineer

Mine planning engineer

Mine production engineer

Mine safety engineer

Mine ventilation engineer

Mineral dressing engineer

Mineral engineer

Mineralogy technician

Mines exploration engineer

Mining and minerals process engineer

Mining engineer

Mining equipment sales engineer

Mining geologist

Mining operations consultant

Oil and gas drilling engineer

Professor or Lecturer

Quarry engineer

Reclamation and remediation project specialist

Research engineer for mining

Rock mechanics engineer

Senior mining estimator

Tailings engineer

Technology support specialist

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Mining Student Association
Participate in social events and club activities to meet other mining students.

UBC Underground Mine Rescue Team
Join like-minded peers to receive industry standard training for mine and rope rescue, first aid and emergency response skills.

UBC Mining Games Team
Compete in twenty-six technical and practical competitions over three days at the annual Canadian Mining Games.

Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, UBC Student Chapter
Network with industry professionals and attend guest lectures to learn about the mining field and potential career paths.

UBC Department of Mining Annual Dinner
Mix and mingle with students, faculty and alumni at the annual alumni dinner held in January.

The Canadian Geotechnical Society, UBC Student Chapter
Meet like-minded peers, attend lectures and workshops, and network with geotechnical professionals.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Mineral Deposit Research Unit
Check out courses and events to learn more about mineral deposits and exploration methods.

UBC Sustainability programs and clubs
Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.

UBC Engineering Co-op
Gain work experience in mining engineering between study terms.

Women Who Rock
Connect with a mentor in the mining community, get inspired and learn about career opportunities in the field.

AME Roundup Convention
Attend a mineral exploration industry convention in term 2 and network with professionals.

Canadian International Resources and Development Institute
Access reports, case studies and papers related to natural resource governance and environmental stewardship.

BC MEND Metal Leaching or Acid Rock Drainage Workshop
Learn about the practices and technologies used to address ML/ARD issues at this annual technical forum held in December.

Engineering job board
Check out engineering employment opportunities.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

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