Mining provides the raw materials and energy resources needed to sustain modern civilization. Resources such as copper, iron, silver, gold, lithium, lead, nickel, and other minerals are all mined, processed, and then used to create things like computer processors or electrical wiring. With the Mining Engineering program at the University of Utah, you will be prepared to pursue a productive, life-long career in this exciting industry. The Mining Engineering curriculum combines basic engineering subjects, topics in geology, and essential courses in mining to prepare graduates to discover, evaluate, and develop mineral deposits. Additional coursework consists of topics like mathematics, computer applications, economics, communication skills, and phsycial sciences. These classes will prepare students for the final experience of hte program: in order to graduate, all Mining Engineering students must sit for the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) Exam. Once graduated, students will have the ability to design, operate, manage, and reclaim mines and mining facilities in a profitable, safe, and environmentally responsible manner.
The Student Experience
While in the program, consider completing an undergraduate research project or internship—the hands-on skills you gain from these opportunities are excellent preparation for both your studies and your career. If you want to get involved on campus, you can join one of the department’s student organizations: the Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME), Women in Mining (WIM), and American Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA) all have chapters at the U.
Graduates of the Mining Engineering program will be prepared to pursue a number of careers: mine design, mine production, corporate management, and mine product marketing are all possible employment areas. Additional job opportunities include becoming an operations manager, a safety engineer, an environmental scientist, a project engineer, or a superintendent of mining. Students may also choose to attend graduate school in mining engineering or an allied field—such as metallurgy, mechanical engineering, or geology—to gain further knowledge as well as open to the door to jobs in education or administration.
- Department of Mining Engineering
- College of Mines & Earth Sciences
- Department Advising
- Career & Professional Development Center
- Getting Ready Transfer Guide