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.
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)
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
BOTH ONLINE AND CLASSROOM OPTIONS AVAILABLE - Provides an introduction to geology and mineral deposits as it applies to prospecting and mineral exploration.
CLASSROOM COURSE - Provides an introduction to the methods and techniques that are used in prospecting and exploring for mineral deposits.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elspeth Barnes, Ph.D.
Instructor and Program Coordinator
Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
Gheorghe Bonci, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Mining Instructor and Academic Program Head
Surface Mining, Drilling, Explosives and Fragmentation, Mine Computer Application and Mine Projects
Shawna Waberi, M.Sc, P.Geo.
Geology Instructor and Student Coordinator
Geology, Mineral Deposits, Computer Applications, Field school and tours
Reza Tafti, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology Instructor and Part–time Studies Coordinator
Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
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
Olga Kosarewicz, M.Eng, P.Eng.
Soil and Rock Mechanics, Mine Closure & Reclamation, and Mine Projects
William Oching, BEng, MBA, P.Eng.
Underground Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects
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