New: BCIT has partnered with four other institutions in BC to offer an alternative pathway into this program. See the Collaborative Pathway page for details.
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.
The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your study.
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.
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.
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 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.
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:
BCIT has partnered with the College of New Caledonia (CNC), Northwest Community College (NWCC), Okanagan College (OC), and Thompson Rivers University (TRU) to offer an alternative pathway to the second year of the Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology diploma and the Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering degree programs.
Students in this pathway program complete their first year of studies at their home institution and through distance and online learning at BCIT before transferring to the second year of the full-time program at BCIT.
For further information on this program and our partner institutions, please visit the BC Centre of Training Excellence in Mining (BC CTEM).
Collaborative pathway students must meet the following requirements for entry to second year of the full-time BCIT programs:
Dr. Thomas Mumford, Program Coordinator
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.
Reza Tafti, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and field schools
Gheorghe Bonci, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Surface Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects
Mory Ghomshei, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Underground Mining, Mine Economics and Mine Projects
Russell Hartlaub, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology, Mine & Exploration Safety, field schools and mine tours
Jim Morin, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Aboriginal Minerals Training Program, Environmental Applications
Thomas Mumford, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Assistant Instructor and PTS Coordinator
Geology and computer courses and labs
William Oching, BEng, MBA, P.Eng.
Underground Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects
* Denotes an Alumnus of the BCIT Program.
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