Commencing semesters, 2018

Semester 1
Semester 2

Program level

Undergraduate

Program code

2401

Faculty

Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology
Science Faculty

School

School of Mechanical & Mining Engineering

Location

St Lucia

Delivery mode

Internal

Course List

View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Mining Engineering extended major.

Enquiries

Australian/domestic students

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Email: enquiries@eait.uq.edu.au

Phone: 07 3365 4777

International students

International Student Advisor

Email: study@uq.edu.au

Phone: Outside Australia: + 61 3 8676 7004
Within Australia (Free Call): 1800 671 980

Enquire online

Why study Mining Engineering?

Mining engineering is the extraction of valuable ores from the ground for processing and utilisation. It involves all phases of mining operations: from exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final land restoration and rehabilitation. Responsibility for the development and production phases of a mine requires a broad knowledge of all mining operations and skills in leadership and industrial relations.
Graduates are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals are extracted. With experience, mining engineers progress to senior managers or technical specialists, mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Many are employed by international companies, and gain overseas experience. Mining engineers are also employed by civil engineering companies to supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works.

What you can study

This major integrates theory and practical application and involves mathematics, basic, earth and engineering sciences. The unique University Experimental Mine facility, located near the St Lucia campus, is used for practical work in ventilation, earth sciences, surveying, production engineering and safety.

Courses

View the course list for courses that can be studied as part of the Mining Engineering extended major.

Employment opportunities

Most mining engineers are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, uranium ores, coal, natural gas, limestone and phosphate rock are extracted. Later in their careers some mining engineers specialise. Others as senior managers or technical specialists, tend to move to the major cities where the head offices of the companies are located. Experienced mining engineers are also employed as mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Mining engineers often work for international companies, leading to opportunities for overseas travel and employment. From the above outline, it is clear that if you intend to become a mining engineer you should be prepared to work (at least in the early stages of your career) in outdoor conditions remote from the major cities. If you wish to become a mine manager you should develop teamwork and leadership skills.

What it costs

Please view the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Mathematics for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please view the Bachelors of Engineering (Honours)/Mathematics for information on key dates and how to apply.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Engineers Australia