Mining engineering is concerned with the sustainable extraction of ores from the ground for processing and utilisation.
It covers all phases of mining operations, from exploration and discovery through to feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, including site rehabilitation.
This major integrates theory with practice and involves advanced mathematics and earth and engineering sciences. Minors are also available in minerals process engineering and geomechanics.
Graduate in demand
- 97.2% of Mining Engineers are employed (Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy).
- Mining engineers find rewarding roles with local and international mining and contracting companies, and often begin their careers in centres where minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, uranium ores, coal, natural gas, limestone and phosphate rock are extracted. These engineers will usually work (at least in the early stages of their careers) in outdoor conditions away from major cities. Experienced mining engineers also find roles as mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies, and supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works for civil engineering companies.
Contribute to a better tomorrow
Mining is one of the most technologically advanced industries in Australia. As a graduate, you’ll help build the most environmentally friendly and productive resources sector we’ve ever seen.