Butte's mining history contributes to our curriculum.
You'll study with state-of-the-art technology.
Study in the nation's only on-campus underground mine.

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.

The Montana Tech Department of Mining Engineering is home to a bachelor's degree and master's degree that lay excellent foundation for the Earth Science and Engineering Ph.D. program. Students study in the nation's only on-campus undergound mine classroom. Mining engineers also have an interest and knowledge of environmental stewardship and mine reclamation— the process of restoring land that has been mined. Our faculty conduct research and projects in conjunction with the Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment, which works to advance the science for natural resource extraction waste management and decommissioning practices to improve and create new technologies and products which remediate and beneficially reuse waste resources while minimizing impact. 

Mission Statement

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.

100% Career Outcome Rate

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10:1 Student to Faculty Ratio
Engaged, Experienced Faculty
Mining Engineering, B.S.

Mining engineering students receive a well-rounded skill set and readiness to work through the ABET-accredited mining engineering bachelor’s degree. Design, construct, and manage surface and underground mines around the world.

Mining Engineering, M.S.

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.

Earth Science and Engineering Ph.D.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Earth Science and Engineering (ESE), builds on engineering and science BS and MS programs and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology (MBMG). Specialization in mining engineering is an option.

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At the Center for Environmental Remediation and Assessment, we pursue science-based, practical research to create impactful solutions for Natural Resource Extraction Environmental Risks.

Mine Rescue

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.

Underground Mine Education Center

In 2010, Montana Tech acquired an abandoned silver mine called the Orphan Boy Mine, which serves as an on-campus underground classroom. One of the first research projects was to demonstrate the feasibility of using the geothermal energy found in the warm mine water at the Orphan Boy Mine to heat the 55,000 ft² Natural Resources Building at Montana Tech.

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Scott Rosenthal
Associate Professor
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