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Mining Engineering
MJRH-MNENG

Mining Engineering

Undergraduate major

Develop the skills you need to extract minerals from underground or open-pit mines.

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Course outline
  • ATAR

    ATAR

    Guaranteed ATAR 80
  • Qualification
    Mining Engineering Major (BEng Hons)
  • Credit

    Credit

    500
Course outline

Select your preferred degree

This course belongs to multiple degrees. Select the single degree or double degree below to see the application deadlines.

Course outline
Mining Engineering

Outline

Outline

This major sits within the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degree.

Mining engineering is a profession that is characterised by rapid scientific and industry advancement. Mining engineers typically use the latest technologies to extract minerals from the earth safely and efficiently.

This course is tailored to guide your transition to a career in the global resources sector, equipped to exploit the technological developments that are transforming the industry.

You will learn about emerging mining technology such as robotics, data analytics and machine learning.

You’ll also delve into mining economics, gain understanding and consideration of working with Indigenous cultures, and discover how to make a positive contribution to sustainable development.

In addition, you can study a specialisation or minor in an other discipline, to broaden your expertise and your career options.

In your first year, you’ll complete the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY), learning fundamental concepts and developing skills that are common to all engineering disciplines.

During your second year, you’ll strengthen your knowledge of foundation engineering and study units in geoscience and mining engineering.

You’ll complete your third and fourth years at Curtin Kalgoorlie, where you’ll gain meaningful exposure to the mining industry.

As you progress through the course there will be an increased emphasis on mining science and technology. These topics include 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 major research project and a team design project.

Double degrees

To extend your expertise and career opportunities, you can Mining Engineering with the Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management, Accounting, Economics or Finance.

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 course lead to?

Careers

  • Mining engineer
  • Mine manager
  • Mine planner and designer
  • Mining company director
  • Management consultant
  • Operations manager

Industries

  • Mining and resources
  • Risk analysis and investment
  • Research and development
  • Government

Further study

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate a conceptual understanding of fundamental science, mathematics, data analytics, information science, and computing underpinning the broad field of engineering, GC1
  • Solve complex mining engineering problems of industrial and societal significance through the application of discipline-specific and integrated bodies of knowledge, design and sustainability principles, GC1
  • Make decisions related to the design and implementation of solutions to engineering problems in a safe, ethical, and climate-responsible manner adhering to legal and professional standards and through respectful partnerships with local First Peoples and other diverse cultures as globally responsible citizens, GC4, GC5
  • Apply systems thinking for innovative solutions to global mining engineering challenges, discern knowledge and undertake applied research in a discipline of mining engineering, GC2
  • Select and use current and emerging technologies to develop and communicate effective and innovative engineering solutions to complex problems, GC3
  • Demonstrate lifelong learning habits, teamwork and leadership abilities, project management skills, and the ability to identify opportunities for career-wide professional growth, necessary for advancing a career in engineering and beyond, GC6

Why study Mining Engineering

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by Engineers Australia and graduates also are eligible for membership of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Global reputation

Curtin ranks first in Australia and second in the world for Mineral and Mining Engineering. (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)

Industry immersion

Experience Curtin’s world-renowned WA School of Mines, in the heart of Western Australia's Goldfields region.

Professional recognition

Curtin's Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) is accredited by Engineers Australia and recognised internationally. Graduates also are eligible for membership of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM).

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

ATAR pathway

  • Minimum ATAR 80

    This course has a minimum ATAR of 80

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    Mathematics Methods ATAR and at least one of the following courses: Physics ATAR, Chemistry ATAR or Engineering Studies ATAR.

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    Desirable WACE subjects

    There are no desirable WACE subjects for this course.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

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Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees and charges

Please view the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), Bachelor of Commerce degree for indicative fees.

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  • Curtin course code: MJRH-MNENG
  • Last updated on: 28 May 2024

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