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Mining Engineering

Program Description

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 from computer processors to construction materials. The Mining Engineering program at the University of Utah is ABET accredited and prepares you 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 includes mathematics, computer applications, economics, communication skills, and physical sciences.

Students have the option to complete one of 5 emphasis areas, allowing them to tailor their program to best fit their strengths and interests.

Emphasis areas include:

  • Aggregates and Mineral Processing
  • Geomechanics and Spatial Analytics
  • Operations Management
  • Safety and Health
  • Sustainable Resource Development


Upon graduation, 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), Mine Rescue Team (MRT) and the Utah Student Robotics (USR) which competes annually at NASA.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Mining Engineering program will be prepared to pursue a number of career paths including: mine design, mine production, corporate management, and mine product marketing. 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 or to open to the door to jobs in education or administration.

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Last Updated: 7/10/24