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Build Your Mining Career on a Rock-solid Base: Start Here... Go Anywhere!

The Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology program focuses on geology, mining methods, exploration technology, surveying, and computer applications for mining operations and mineral explorations. Students learn hands-on science and engineering skills, and complete an industry-standard report during the second year of the full-time program.

We also offer a variety of part-time studies courses.

Mining is a cornerstone industry of many communities throughout BC and Canada and it is a major contributor to our economy. Canada is recognized as a world leader in mineral exploration and mining, and our expertise is exported around the world to help discover, develop, and operate mines.

As one of the largest users of high-technology equipment and applications, the mining industry requires practitioners who have the skills necessary to keep up with these advances. Virtually all technical jobs within mining and mineral exploration, including geology, engineering, mineral processing, environmental assessment and surveying, require post-secondary education.

If you are interested in a varied work environment, in the office, lab or field, and like solving scientific problems, this program will appeal to you. Take the Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology program, the only program of its kind in Western Canada.

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Physics 11 (67%)

  • Chemistry 11 (67%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (67%)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Completion of Earth Sciences 11 and Geology 12 is strongly recommended. Applicants who have completed Earth Sciences 11 and Geology 12 are eligible to apply for a BCIT course credit in MINE 1101.

Readmission Requirements

If you were previously in the program and left after one or more terms, please refer to the Direct Entry for Technology Programs information sheet [PDF]. When applying for readmission, you must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

myCommunication

Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Costs & Supplies

The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your study.

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,300; Level 2: $400; Level 3: $600; Level 4: $600
(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 1105 Chemistry 1 for Mining 6.0
  COMM 1135 Technical Communication 1 3.0
  COMP 1620 Computer Essentials 3.0
  MATH 1501 Technical Mathematics for Mining 6.0
  MINE 1100 Introduction to the Minerals Industry 3.0
  MINE 1101 Physical Geology 4.0
  MINE 1107 Student Success 0.5
  PHYS 1147 Physics for Mining Technology 1 5.0
  SURV 1145 Surveying for Mining 1 3.0
 
Level 2 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 2205 Chemistry 2 for Mining 5.0
  MATH 2502 Calculus 1 for Mining 5.0
  MINE 2099 Mining Industry Experience* 15.0
  MINE 2101 Mineralogy and Petrology 4.0
  MINE 2105 Surface Mining and Blasting 4.0
  MINE 2107 Exploration and Mine Safety 1.5
  MINE 2109 CAD for Mining 3.0
  PHYS 2147 Physics for Mining Technology 2 5.0
  SURV 2145 Surveying for Mining 2 3.0

*This is an optional course offered in the summer months. Please contact the program area for further information.

 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHSC 3314 Mineral Processing 1 3.5
  CIVL 2225 Statics and Strength of Materials 3.0
  MINE 3101 Structural Geology 4.5
  MINE 3105 Underground Mining 4.0
  MINE 3106 Mineral Deposits 4.5
  MINE 3107 Introduction to Soil and Rock Mechanics 5.0
  MINE 3109 Computer Applications for Exploration 3.0
  SURV 3345 Surveying Applications 2.0
 
Level 4 (19 weeks) Credits
  CHSC 4406 Assaying and Geochemistry 4.0
  CHSC 4414 Mineral Processing 2 3.5
  COMM 2451 Technical Communications 2 3.0
  COMM 3351 Capstone Project Communication 1.5
  MATH 3504 Statistics 4.0
  MINE 4020 Environmental Applications 3.0
  MINE 4105 Mine Economics and Costing 3.0
  MINE 4107 Mineral Exploration 4.0
  MINE 4108 Exploration and Geological Field Methods 3.5
  MINE 4109 Computer Applications for Mine Design 4.0
  MINE 4110 Mining Project 5.5
 
Total Credits: 132.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The curriculum is current, practical, intensive and broad-based. In the first year students receive training in basic science, math and communications as well as geology, mining methods, blasting, surveying and computer applications. In the second year the emphasis is on mining and the engineering and science skills required for the mining industry. The highlights of the second year include: a week of mine tours, a week's exploration field school and completion of a mining project report. The mining project integrates many of the courses taken during the second year into the development of an industry-standard report detailing a proposed new mine development plan.

The program is well supported by industry. This support exists through our advisory committee and through companies that hire our students as part of the Mining Industry Work Experience program.

Mine tours and field trips from one afternoon to seven days are an integral part of the program and reinforce knowledge gained in the classroom and laboratory. Most of the costs are covered by the program and endowment funds. Each year in March the department organizes a multi-day geology and mine tour. While these tours are optional, students are encouraged to attend to gain experience on actual mine operating sites. For the first year geology trip and local mine tour there is a $100 commitment fee and for the second year international mine tour there is a $250 commitment fee. Students are also expected to cover their food costs.

Guest lectures, professional associations and attendance at conventions also provide opportunities for the students to interface with the mining industry.

Keys to success

Most students find the Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology program to be demanding and that it requires a lot of hard work. However, the program is also enjoyable and rewarding. We find that students who attend all their classes, work hard, complete assignments on time, and have a good, positive attitude toward the program and industry are the most successful.

Some of the keys to student success are:

  • An interest in science and engineering
  • Well-developed study habits
  • Attendance at all classes
  • Work hard from the beginning
  • A keen interest and positive attitude
  • Participation in classes and industry activities

Mining Industry Work Experience Certificate

An optional work experience certificate course is available to students in the first year of the program. This course assists students in securing paid summer employment in the mining and minerals industry during the summer period between the first and second year of the program.

Program length

Two years, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

This program has a common first year with the Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering degree program. Those students in the diploma program who are interested in taking the degree program and who meet the entry requirements listed on the degree website may apply to transfer into the degree after the first year.

Requirements for Advanced Placement into the second or third year of the degree program are listed on the Program Entry page of the degree program. Further information may be obtained through student advising or by contacting the Program Head.

The Program also has transfer arrangements with Montana Tech of the University of Montana in Butte and UBC Norman B Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at UBC. The UBC transfer requires taking a bridge program at Camosun College.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

The mining industry is a diverse industry with a wide range of employment opportunities. Graduates have obtained employment in BC, elsewhere in Canada, the US and internationally. Jobs are located at mine sites, in remote exploration camps, in offices and labs. Jobs include working in the engineering, geology, surveying, blasting, environmental, mineral processing or management departments at mines, with geology crews in exploration, with engineering consulting companies, and at assay labs. Additionally, there are positions in technical sales and support with companies such as mining-related computer software developers, and blasting and equipment manufacturers. Some graduates have started their own consulting companies.

Some more benefits you can look forward to upon graduation:

  • Registration as Professional Technologist - The program provides you with the necessary qualifications and academic requirements for registration as a professional technologist with ASTTBC.
  • Transfer to University - You are fully qualified to enter the work force with your diploma. However, if you wish to pursue further studies toward a university degree, you are able to complete a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering at BCIT. There are also transfer options available to other universities.
  • Employees are in Demand - The mining and exploration industries are facing a shortage of well qualified professionals owing to an aging and retiring population. Thus new graduates, such as technologists, will continue to be in demand. More information on employment opportunities in the minerals industry is contained on the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) website.
  • Job Opportunities - Some of the companies that have recently hired our graduates are:

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

You have a great team of committed faculty, staff and industry advisors supporting your learning!

BCIT instructor passion for teaching helps enable students to succeed in their BCIT studies.

Our faculty instructors are highly qualified geologists, engineers and applied scientists who have many years of teaching experience. Many of them are Professional Geologists or Engineers, have worked in industry and continue to maintain close ties with industry. Faculty office locations and phone numbers are available from the BCIT Directory.

Mining Program Faculty

Reza Tafti, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Program Head

Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and field schools
E: reza_tafti@bcit.ca

Gheorghe Bonci, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Mining Instructor

Surface Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects
E: gheorghe_bonci@bcit.ca

Mory Ghomshei, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Mining Instructor

Underground Mining, Mine Economics and Mine Projects
E: mmohieddinghomshei@bcit.ca

Russell Hartlaub, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology Instructor

Geology, Mine & Exploration Safety, field schools and mine tours
E: russell_hartlaub@bcit.ca

Jim Morin, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology Instructor
Aboriginal Minerals Training Program, Environmental Applications
E: james_morin@bcit.ca

Thomas Mumford, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Assistant Instructor and PTS Coordinator

Geology and computer courses and labs
E: tmumford2@bcit.ca

William Oching, BEng, MBA, P.Eng.
Mining Instructor

Underground Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects
E: woching@bcit.ca

Staff

Maha Shehadeh
Program Assistant

E: mshehadeh@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

  • Tom Broddy, Taseko Mines Limited (Chair)
  • Bruce Bried, Mining Consultant *
  • Bruce Butcher, Aura Minerals Inc. *
  • Lewis Clarke, Pacific Blasting and Demolition *
  • Gavin Dirom, AMEBC
  • Alex Doll, AGD Consulting
  • Kerris Houghardy, Hays Recruiting
  • Malcolm MacLachlan, UBC, NBK Institute of Mining Engineering
  • Patrick McAndless, Consultant
  • Christopher Naychuck, Lafarge Canada Inc.
  • Erwin Spletzer, Terus Construction Ltd.
  • Sheila Stenzel, MineralsEd
  • Jack Thomson, Tsable River Resources *
* Denotes an Alumnus of the BCIT Program.

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Testimonial

"The Mining Technology program at BCIT gave me the practical knowledge I need to succeed when I first entered the industry." Stephen Ball, 2003 Mining Technology Graduate

Testimonial

"BCIT's Mining Program prepared me for employment in the mining industry. The program's wide range of courses, numerous field trips, hands-on field schools and summer work experience more than adequately prepared me for entry into the mining industry. The geological content of the program not only gives me a better understanding of certain aspects of my current job, but also allow me to pursue the exploration side of the industry with confidence."
Andrew Elias, 2005 Mining Technology Graduate