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Overview

Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering program is designed to allow well qualified students who successfully complete the first year of the Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology diploma program to apply to complete an engineering degree through three additional years of full-time study. The vision of the program is to provide students with a flexible educational path for successful careers in the mineral resource industry both in Canada and worldwide. As such the degree will have a strong practical focus built upon a broad foundation of engineering theory, analysis and design. Throughout this program, students will be challenged to develop their critical thinking skills and exercise their creative abilities.

The mineral resource industry is a cornerstone 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 professionals who have the skills and knowledge necessary to keep up with these advances. Virtually all technical jobs within the fields of mining and mineral exploration require a post-secondary education. If you are interested in a challenging and varied work environment, in the office, lab or field, and like solving engineering problems, this program will appeal to you. Take the Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering program, the only program of its kind in Western Canada.

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Entrance Requirements

If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or contact Student Coordinator Shawna Waberi, at swaberi@bcit.ca. If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact Gheorghe Bonci, Program Head at gheorghe_bonci@bcit.ca or call 604-456-8125.

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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.

Mining field courses and trips

Note: Due to current health and safety requirements, there will be no field courses or field trips during COVID-19.

In addition to tuition fees, books, supplies and equipment, students will incur expenses for field trips and field courses.

The Mineral Exploration and Mining department runs a number of field trips and courses to various mining and geological sites to aid and supplement classroom learning. While subsidized, these trips and courses require some financial contribution from the students. The values below do not include food, which is typically the student’s responsibility on field trips.  Please note that trips are optional, but courses are not. Values are subject to change at the department’s discretion.

1st Year: $100 trip fee

2nd Year: $250 course fee (MINE 4108), and a separate $250 trip fee

3rd Year: $500 course fee (MINE 6020)

4th Year: Student led and supported field trip (cost unknown, trip dependent)

Courses

Program Details

What is the workload like?

Our engineering program contains a significant workload and contact hours with your instructors. There is an average of 32 hours per week of class time in the first year and 25 hours per week in the remaining three years. You should expect to spend an additional 25 hours per week on your own, completing assignments, preparing for labs, working on projects and studying.

Explore the courses and classes you will be taking

The Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering program includes courses on geology, surface and underground mining, mineral exploration, mineral processing, soil and rock mechanics, resource estimation, sustainability, mine reclamation, fluid mechanics and engineering economics.

Your learning environment will be a blend of lectures, labs, tutorials and field exercises. Our labs are well equipped to support your learning needs. In addition to time spent in the classroom, there are a number of day long and multi-day field trips to examine areas of geological interest (significance) and active mining operations. Field courses are also run in mineral exploration.

In the final year you will be required to complete, with guidance from faculty members, a year-long engineering project to design and evaluate a mining project. This capstone project will bring together a number of subject areas studied previously and acquaint you with “real world” engineering problems. In preceding years some of your courses will contain “course-based” projects to prepare you for your final endeavour.

View the program matrix to find a term by term listing of the courses. Click on the title for a quick “drop-down” course description or on the link for a more complete course outline.

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

Elspeth Barnes, Ph.D.
Instructor and Program Coordinator
Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
E: ebarnes6@bcit.ca

Gheorghe Bonci, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Mining Instructor and Academic Program Head

Surface Mining, Drilling, Explosives and Fragmentation, Mine Computer Application and Mine Projects
E: gheorghe_bonci@bcit.ca

Shawna Waberi, M.Sc, P.Geo.
Geology Instructor and Student Coordinator

Geology, Mineral Deposits, Computer Applications, Field school and tours
E: swaberi@bcit.ca

Reza Tafti, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology Instructor and Part–time Studies Coordinator

Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
E: reza_tafti@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

Olga Kosarewicz, M.Eng, P.Eng.
Mining Instructor

Soil and Rock Mechanics, Mine Closure & Reclamation, and Mine Projects
E: okosarewicz@bcit.ca


Thomas Mumford, L.Eng, Ph.D., P.Geo. (on leave)
Mining Instructor

Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
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

Elisa Loaisiga
Program Assistant

E: eloaisiga@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

  • Tom Broddy, Consultant (Chair)
  • Alex Doll, AGD Consulting, Metallurgical Consultant
  • Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi, SRK Consulting, Principal Consultant
  • Bruce Bried*, Mining Consultant
  • Christopher Naychuck, Lafarge Canada Inc. Aggregates Manufacturing Director
  • Erwin Spletzer, Terus Construction Ltd. Aggregate manager
  • James Scott, Consultant, Independent Consultant
  • Lana Eagle, Consultant, Consultant
  • Malcolm MacLachlan, UBC, Dept. of Mineral and Process Engineering, Administrator
  • Martin Telford, Wheaton Precious Metals Corporation, Director of Engineering
  • Maurie Phifer, Tetra Tech, Team Lead Mining Engineering
  • Megan Gent*, Stantec, Mining EIT
  • Robert Stevens, AMEBC

* Denotes an Alumnus/Alumna of the BCIT Program.

Part-time Studies

Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Are you interested in geology, mineral exploration and the mining industry? We offer a variety of continuing education courses for entry-level to professional workers.

Each of the links below will offer a brief course description or give you the opportunity to register for a course.

Regularly offered courses

MINE 1010 – Mineral Exploration and Mining for the Business and Investment Community

CLASSROOM COURSE – Provides an overview of mineral exploration and mining for those in the financial industry and for investors. Covers a basic introduction to geology, mineral deposits, exploration techniques, drilling, resource and reserve estimates, exploration agreements and mining methods. Includes an overview of how to read technical news releases, understand drill and assay results and evaluate exploration properties and companies.
Dates: normally offered once in the fall.

MINE 1100 – Introduction to the Minerals Industry

ONLINE COURSE – Introduces students to the wide scope of the minerals industry and prepares them for further courses in mining. The course covers the breadth of the industry from mineral exploration through to processing and marketing of mining products. The history of mining is covered from early ages through to modern times. Considerations regarding the preservation of the natural environment and the concept of sustainable development are introduced.

Dates: normally offered once per term (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer).

MINE 1101 – Physical Geology
ONLINE COURSE – Presents an overview of the processes and materials that form and shape the planet Earth. Labs include rock and mineral description, examination of geological maps and structures, and study of geological processes. This course will appeal to aspiring earth science students as well as non-technical mineral industry personnel looking to better understand geologic fundamentals. For students in other programs, this course can be taken as an elective science credit.

Dates: normally offered once per term (Fall and Winter).

MINE 1017 – Mineral Exploration Field Safety

ONLINE COURSE – Based around AMEBC’s Field Safety guidelines, this course provides an overview of the key safety issues encountered in the mineral exploration environment and is designed for both new field workers and as a refresher for seasoned explorationists.

Dates: continuous enrollment.

Courses offered based on demand

The following courses are run based on student demand. If you are interested in a particular course please contact Reza Tafti, Part-time Studies Coordinator, to have your name and information recorded. Once the course has gained sufficient number of interested students you will be contacted regarding enrollment.

MINE 1003 – Introduction to Prospecting and Exploration 1: Geology and Mineral Deposits

BOTH ONLINE AND CLASSROOM OPTIONS AVAILABLE – Provides an introduction to geology and mineral deposits as it applies to prospecting and mineral exploration.

MINE 1004 – Introduction to Prospecting and Exploration 2: Techniques and Methods

CLASSROOM COURSE – Provides an introduction to the methods and techniques that are used in prospecting and exploring for mineral deposits.

MINE 1005 – Prospecting and Exploration Field School

FIELD COURSE – Designed for prospectors, explorationists, students, field assistants, contractors and hobbyists as an introduction to field techniques used in prospecting and exploring for mineral deposits at a field school near Oliver in south-central BC.

MINE 1009 – Mining and the Environment – The Britannia Mine, A Case Study

CLASSROOM/FIELD COURSE – The course is geared towards individuals who are interested in developing a better and more informed understanding of the role of mining in our modern society; Britannia Mine is used as a case study. Students will visit the Britannia Mine, near Squamish, BC, on the second day of the course.

MINE 1011 – Behind the News Release: Understanding Mining Disclosure

CLASSROOM COURSE – This course is aimed at non-geologists who write or vet news releases with technical disclosure, as well as geologists who wish to know more about technical disclosure requirements. This course will provide an overview of the requirements for public disclosure of technical information as it relates to a mineral exploration project progressing through its life cycle, including targeting, exploration and project development.

Mine 1012 – Mining Law and Legal Agreements

CLASSROOM COURSE – This course is geared towards both individuals that are new to the mining industry as well as experienced mining professionals that wish to obtain a better understanding of the key legal concepts and issues that impact upon their industry.

MINE 1013 – Mining Industry Risk – Identification, Assessment and Management

CLASSROOM COURSE – Risk is everywhere in the mining industry – financial, technical, environmental and – increasingly – social. This course unpacks risk in all its dimensions: learners will systematically identify, objectively assess, cost effectively monitor and strategically manage risk. This course will appeal to, and benefit from, a diversity of mining industry backgrounds, including directors, investor relations, analysts, accountants, technical professionals, CSR specialists and corporate development officers.

MINE 1014 – Mineral Economics

CLASSROOM COURSE – Economic modelling and valuation are at the core of mining investment decisions. This course introduces concepts and methods that will allow participants to understand mine economic valuation techniques and conduct basic project evaluations.

MINE 1040 – Plant Layout Fundamentals

CLASSROOM COURSE – An introduction to the business of designing a metal ore processing plant – from ore source to finished products. Specifically, it will provide a general understanding of ore processing circuits, how the major processing equipment is arranged within buildings, and the relative location of these buildings on a site layout of a typical large-scale copper processing plant.

MINE 2106 – Environmental Applications

ONLINE COURSE – Provides an overview of environmental issues and practices that relate to the mining industry. The course includes an examination of baseline studies, the environmental assessment processes, and environmental applications at operating mines, reclamation and closure.

Note: students must have completed MINE 1100 prior to taking this course.

Check information on registration for part-time and online courses or contact Elisa Loaisigai, Program Assistant, at 604-432-8683.

For information on course content and registration, please contact Reza Tafti, Part-time Studies Coordinator.

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