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Mining Engineering

What is Mining Engineering?

Design, construct, and manage surface and underground mines around the world with a degree in Mining Engineering. At Montana Tech, mining engineering students receive a well-rounded foundation that begins with learning the mechanics of geological materials, blasting, materials handling, mine valuation, ventilation, and designing/operating of surface and underground mines.

Mining engineering is a versatile field, opening doors to a variety of career options. Students have access to cutting-edge labs and equipment, including an on-campus underground lab. They learn to execute high-tech computer designs to see tangible results. This is one of the few fields of study where working with explosives is encouraged, and students learn to do so with care and expertise. Mining engineers also have an interest and knowledge of environmental stewardship and mine reclamation— the process of restoring land that has been mined.

engaged faculty with experience and expertise
Engaged Faculty with Experience and Expertise
engineering accreditation commission of ABET
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
hands-on learning environment
Hands-On Learning Environment
Only On-Campus Underground Mine in the Country
Only On-Campus Underground Mine in the Country

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • Inquisitive - you want to know how things work
  • Hard working and not afraid of a challenge
  • Driven to succeed
  • You’re not afraid to get your hands dirty

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

Graduates of the Montana Tech Mining Engineering program can expect 100% career placement with impressive starting salaries and quick advancement opportunities. Graduates pursue careers in coal mining, hard rock mining, open pit and underground construction management, industrial materials and aggregate. It is a field of study that offers exceptional opportunities that impact the future.

1 of 14 Universities Offering This Degree
1 of 14 Universities Offering This Degree
100% Career Outcome Rate
100% Career Outcome Rate
10:1 Faculty to Student Ration
10:1 Faculty to Student Ratio
$68K Average Starting Salary
$68K Average Starting Salary

Degrees and Specializations

Montana Tech offers a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Mining Engineering. Learn more about our Degree Programs »


The bachelor of science in Mining Engineering is the founding program of Montana Tech and is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET,

Program Educational Objectives

Mining Engineering graduates are:

  1. Equipped to enter the global mining industry with a broad education that covers all sectors of the industry employing current technology and applications.
  2. Encouraged to focus their education on any combination of surface or underground mining of metal, non-metal, coal, aggregates, or other industrial minerals.
  3. 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).

Student Outcomes

  1. An ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering.
  2. An ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  3. An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints; such as, economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability.
  4. An ability to function on multidisciplinary teams.
  5. An ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems.
  6. An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility.
  7. An ability to communicate effectively.
  8. The broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental and societal context.
  9. A recognition of the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.
  10. A knowledge of contemporary issues.
  11. An ability to use techniques, skills and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.
  12. Demonstrated proficiency in statics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and electrical circuits.
  13. A fundamental knowledge of the geological sciences; including mineral and rock identification and properties.
  14. Demonstrated proficiency in engineering topics related to both surface and underground mining; including, mining methods, planning and design, ground control and rock mechanic, health and safety, environmental issues, and ventilation.
  15. Demonstrated proficiency in additional engineering topics; such as, rock fragmentation, materials handling, mineral processing, mine surveying, and valuation and resources/reserve estimation.

The Mining Engineering program believes that the quality of our academic program is ultimately defined by the long-term success of our graduates. Program objectives and the curriculum are assessed regularly on the basis of input from students, alumni, faculty, and industry practitioners.

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.

Enrollment and Graduate Data by Program

Career Outcomes

Bachelor of Science

Master of Science

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