Studying Mining Engineering
The program of study for mining engineering students is very varied. First and foremost, you will be an engineer. Mining will be your speciality. Courses can include: mine design, environmental management, resource estimation, safety management, mining economics and finance,geology, rock excavation engineering, as well as aspects of electrical engineering, civil and mechanical engineering. You must be an exemplary communicator, because you will be involved in the design, supervision and management of the mine. Mining engineers' responsibilities include planning the safest and most cost effective way of getting the minerals out of the ground. You may assist with the design, installation and supervision of the use of mining machinery, and inspect the mine to monitor progress.
Many opportunities await
You will find that as a mining engineering graduate your services will be much in demand. And the career options are quite extensive: mine planning and design,operations management, general management,research, tertiary teaching, consulting, to name a few. Unfortunately for Australia, but fortunately for you, there remains a shortage of engineers in the mining sector, one of the most important industry sectors in South Australia, Australia, and in the world. Graduates will have the opportunity to work in the field and in head offices. There will be pportunities to travel, to work and to train overseas. As mines are usually located in remote areas, you will have a chance to work in and explore areas of Australia and the world that other people rarely see, to meet challenges others are rarely asked to meet, to have fun, to hone your skills and apply your knowledge creatively. If you want to make a contribution, earn a higher than average salary, and be a bit adventurous, you should consider studying Mining Engineering at the University of Adelaide.
Images of the Mining Engineering experience
|Students visiting a mine site and familiarising themselves with the machinery used to transport the extracted materials to waiting trains, trucks or ships that carry the minerals to all corners of the world for the making of steel, aluminium, copper pipe, electricity.|
|Students visiting a mineral processing plant, where valuable elements, such as gold, copper, iron or diamonds, are extracted from the mined rock.|
|Students visiting Arid Recovery, an environmental project in Olympic Dam.|
|Students enjoying themselves at a mining scholarship event.|
|On a field trip to Roxby Downs, students took time out to play bowls.|