Your degree in Mining Engineering

Skills you’ll develop

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 academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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 your values and interests.

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Mining Engineering graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

From your Applied Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Engineering degree.