Mining engineering is where the latest technology is used to extract minerals from the earth safely and efficiently.
It’s a profession defined by rapid scientific advancement, and, as a Curtin student, you’ll be at the cutting edge.
In this major you will learn about emerging mining technology such as robotics, data analytics and additive manufacturing. You’ll delve into mining economics, gain understanding and consideration of working with Indigenous cultures, and discover how to make a positive contribution to sustainable development.
You can broaden your learning and enhance your employability by studying elective units.
The degree is tailored to guide your transition from the classroom to a job in the global resources sector, fully equipped to handle the technological developments that are transforming the industry.
In your first year, you’ll study the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY), learning the fundamental concepts and develop the skills common to all areas of engineering.
Following this, you can go directly to Curtin Kalgoorlie, or study for a second year in Perth before completing your third and final years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the mining industry.
As you progress, emphasis will be placed on mining science and technology, which involves the study of soil and rock mechanics, explosives and rock breakage, materials transport, mining methods, mine planning, project evaluation and the environment. In your final year, you’ll undertake a major research project and a team design project.
This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.
Double degree options
You can study a Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) with a Bachelor of Commerce.
See our handbook for more course information.
How this course will make you industry ready
Graduates fulfill the stage one competencies required by Engineers Australia for a professional Engineer.
After a set period of practical experience in the industry, graduates can apply to the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to sit for examinations that can qualify them for various statutory Certificates of Competency (First Class Mine Manager, Underground Supervisor, and Quarry Manager).
What jobs can the Mining Engineering Major (BEng Hons) lead to?
- Mining engineer
- Management consultant
- Mine manager
- Mine planner and designer
- Mining company director
- Operations manager
- Mining and resources
- Research and development
- Risk analysis and investment
- Graduate Diploma in Mining
- Master of Engineering Management
- Master of Professional Engineering (Mining Engineering)
- Master of Philosophy
- Doctor of Philosophy
What you'll learn
- apply scientific, engineering and technological principle to mine development projects
- think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse mine feasibility studies
- access, evaluate and synthesise mine planning and design information from multiple sources
- communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of mining engineering, using the written word and oral presentations
- apply information technologies and mining software tools to conduct mine feasibility studies
- demonstrate responsibility and self learning skills by applying critical reflection and being proactive
- describe mining in the global environment and apply best practice standards in mining methods and technologies
- demonstrate respect for cultural diversity in professional life
- work in accordance with professional standards and demonstrate responsibility towards the broader community; work in teams