Mining Engineering, M.S.
Why Study Mining Engineering at Montana Tech?
Pursue a career in the field of Mining Engineering and be prepared to meet the vigorous demands of environmentally responsible natural resource development throughout the world. Receive a comprehensive engineering background with specialized 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.
On-Campus Underground Mine Education Center
When pursuing your mining engineering degree at Montana Tech, you'll have plenty of hands-on learning opportunities. Montana Tech has the only on-campus underground mine in the country where you can learn. You will also have access to state-of-the-art and fully equipped laboratories.
By earning your mining engineering degree at Montana Tech in Butte, you’ll have easy access to an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Montana Tech is surrounded by six mountain ranges, two national parks, and five rivers, offering you endless opportunities to ski, hike, fish, and just enjoy the beauty of Montana.
Mining Engineering Internships
Our graduates are well prepared for careers in mining engineering due to their internship experiences. Gain even more hands-on experience through mining engineering internships locally in Butte or across Montana and the nation. Our department boasts a 96% placement rate for student interns.
At Montana Tech you’ll have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning with a 10:1 student to faculty ratio. Our mining engineering degree program also boasts a 100% career outcome rate.
Study Mining Engineering and Have Fun Too
Make the most of your time at Montana Tech by getting involved in academic and special interest clubs, engaging in student activities and events on campus, and taking on leadership roles through Student Government. Take a break from your studies in mining engineering to fish in pristine mountain streams, ski, enjoy local hot springs, and hike the Great Divide.
Support for Your Mining Career Success
Montana Tech prepares you to be highly sought after for mining engineering careers. Montana Tech faculty will encourage you to pursue professional licensure and other certifications to advance your mining engineering career. You’ll also benefit from a highly engaged Career Services team, which will assist you in finding mining engineering internships and jobs in mining engineering.
Active Advisory Board
Led by industry professionals and executives, the Industry Advisory Board of Montana Tech will actively advise and participate with the Mining Engineering Department resulting in sustained recognition of Montana Tech as the world’s leader for providing talented and versatile mining engineering graduates.
Mine Rescue Team
Montana Technological University Mine Rescue is a student run organization that aims to give our members the skills and experience of being on a mine rescue team. The club focuses on preparing for collegiate and professional mine rescue competitions where teams get to respond to scenarios and hone their rescue skill set as well as network with members of the industry. Team members are taught hands-on first aid skills in addition to the care and maintenance of specialized mine rescue equipment. The knowledge that we gain will be valuable for the rest of our careers, even outside of mine rescue.
5th Year Masters
Qualified Montana Tech undergraduates have the opportunity to receive an accelerated MS program by getting a jump start on required graduate coursework. Careful design to include qualifying graduate-level coursework into the undergraduate curriculum will lead to an accelerated MS degree, as there is the opportunity to count up to 9 credit hours toward the graduate degree.
What is Mining Engineering?
Mining engineers design, construct, and manage surface and underground mines in an environmentally responsible manner. A mining engineer must be proficient in the permitting, planning, development, operation, reclamation and closure of mines and be able to apply, in the field, the technical skills required.
What Kinds of Jobs Do Mining Engineers Get?
Mining engineering is a versatile field, opening doors to a variety of career options. Masters degrees usually command higher salaries. Graduates usually have impressive starting salaries and quick advancement opportunities. Mining engineering graduates pursue careers in coal mining, hard rock mining, open put and underground construction management, and industrial materials and aggregate.
Where Do Our Alumni Work?
Explore Classes for the Mining Engineering Degree
Master of Science candidates in Mining Engineering may choose to study in the areas of mechanics of geologic materials, blasting, materials handling, mine valuation, ventilation, geostatics, mine design, mine safety, and environmental management and design of mines.
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