Mining Engineers design, construct, and manage surface mines, underground mines, and quarries. The Montana State School of Mines was established in 1895 and opened in 1900. In 1900, Butte was the premier mining camp in the US and Tech's mining program focused on hardrock underground mining. Today, however, we train mining engineers in all aspects of mining.
Our objective is to provide a quality education that blends theory and practice to produce a mining engineer who can enter and pursue a successful career in the field of Mining Engineering and is prepared to meet the vigorous demands of natural resource development throughout the world. In addition to a comprehensive engineering background, the program provides training in the mechanics of geologic materials, blasting, materials handling, mine valuation, ventilation, environmental considerations, and the design and operation of surface and underground mines.
Tech is the place where theory meets practice.
Mining Engineering Program Objectives
The Mining Engineering department prepares students for careers in the global mining industry. Graduates are successful in surface and underground mining of all aspects of the industry including metal, non-metal, coal, aggregates, and other industrial materials.
Program Educational Objectives
Mining Engineering graduates are:
- Equipped to enter the global mining industry with a broad education that covers all sectors of the industry employing current technology and applications.
- Encouraged to focus their education on any combination of surface or underground mining of metal, non-metal, coal, aggregates, or other industrial minerals.
- Build on their undergraduate / graduate education through personal career development through continuing education, advanced degree graduation (both engineering and management focused), professional registration (P.E. or P.Eng.), or other advanced recognition (e.g. as a qualified person).
The Mining Engineering department prepares students for future success by reinforcing that Mining Engineers:
- Must exhibit a positive safety culture, respect for the environment, and be actively involved in the community.
- Should demonstrate professional and ethical responsibility in all stages of their careers.
- Identify and solve problems utilizing first-principle engineering and economic fundamentals.
- Develop a skill set that incorporates current technological advances, computerized methods, and industry practices.
- Can function in multidisciplinary teams and demonstrate the ability to learn and react to changing situations.
- Communicate with people of various backgrounds to accomplish a common goal.