Mining Engineering

Mining engineers work with geologists to investigate and carry out the extraction of ore bodies and mineral deposits, along with non-metallic ores and fuels such as coal and uranium.

About Mining Engineering

Mining engineering is an engineering discipline that involves the practice, the theory, the science, the technology, and application of extracting and processing minerals from a naturally occurring environment.

Discipline-specific subject areas in Mining Engineering (click on the table to enlarge)

This degree is only available at the University of Southern Queensland.   USQ’s Associate Degree of Engineering (Mining) has been developed as part of the Minerals Industry National Associate Degree (MINAD) project established by the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA).



Planning your course

The Engineering Associate Degree in Mining Engineering can be completed in two years of full time study or part-time and is only awarded by the University of Southern Quensland.  The degree comprises 16 subjects.  There are two foundation subjects, six core subjects common to all disciplines, and eight discipline-specific subjects (see Table).  Depending on what level of mathematics and physical sciences you have completed you will be directed to different foundation maths and science options.  If you have completed TAFE qualifications, or if you have engineering work experience, you may be able to apply for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL).

Your Associate Degree in Mining Engineering looks like:

EPRA Course structure

You will be only be asked to enrol in one or both of the preparation units if you have not completed year 12 maths or physical science subjects (or do not have equivalent knowledge).

A typical Associate Degree in Mining Engineering Course.

In order to meet the MINAD Project requirements at the University of Southern Queensland all the discipline-specific subjects must be taken at that University (Is that correct??  PD).  However you do have some flexibility in your choice of foundation and core units.

This is a typical Associate Degree in Mining Engineering (click to enlarge):

Mining core snip

Mining discipline snip

Details of delivery mode and available dates can be found for each subject by clicking the ‘see more’ field for each subject.


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