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Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester 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 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

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning October 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.

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.

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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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 enroll 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.


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 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.

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through re-admission. Please note that applications are considered based on:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.

Please contact the Student Coordinator or Program Head to determine if you qualify for advanced placement in this program.


If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.

Submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your online application.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

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 Fall Term 2020

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)

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


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.

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

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Part-time Studies

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE

  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.
  • 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.


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.


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.

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

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.
Mining Instructor

Underground Mining, Mine Economics and Mine Projects

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

Geology, Mine & Exploration Safety, Field schools and Mine tours

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

Soil and Rock Mechanics, Mine Closure & Reclamation, and Mine Projects

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

Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools

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

Underground Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects


Elisa Loaisiga
Program Assistant


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.

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"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


"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