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
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