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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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Program Entry

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 Dr.Thomas Mumford, Program Head at tmumford2@bcit.ca or call 604-451-7195.

Application processing

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

Applicants should expect to receive a decision on their application in or after June.

This program has a common first year with the Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology diploma program. All applicants must complete the first year of the diploma, or equivalent, before continuing into the Bachelor of Engineering degree program. Entrance requirements for the first year are listed on the program entry page of the technology diploma program.

Students in the first year of the Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology diploma program do not apply through the Admissions department. These students are asked to select and confirm their preferred path to the Program Head in the second term of first year and can elect to complete the diploma or be considered for the Engineering degree.

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry

Entry to the degree is competitive based on your Grade Point Average (GPA) scores. Meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into this program. Students chosen for the degree path will be moved into the degree program.

  • Post-Secondary: one of the following:
    • Completion of all Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology first year diploma courses, with a minimum year-end average GPA of 70% or
    • An equivalent level of formal education at the post-secondary level, with a minimum year-end average GPA of 70%

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Note: If you have completed the two-year Mineral Exploration and Mining Technology diploma program (or earlier versions of the diploma) or equivalent, you may be eligible to apply as a Direct Entry student into levels 4 or 5 (see details below under Direct Entry).

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into this program. If the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will select those applicants deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: applications will be reviewed after the deadline date. Confirmation of seat availability will normally be made within 6 weeks of the application deadline date.
  1. Re-admission to levels 4-8: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Technology Degree Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry to levels 4 or 5: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting all other entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

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

Year 1 - $1700, Year 2 - $1200, Year 3 - $1200, Year 4 - $1000

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

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

Courses

 

Class hours

8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday

Program delivery

This is a full-time day program offered at the BCIT Burnaby campus.

Each year of the program is divided into two terms - the first term runs from September to December (15 weeks) and the second term runs from January to the end of April (15 weeks) with a one week spring break in the middle.

In the program matrix below you will find a term by term listing of the courses. Click on the title for a quick "drop-down" course description or on the “course outline” link for a more complete course outline. Note: Course outlines are available only for existing courses that are currently offered.

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
  MATH 3503 Calculus 2 for Mining 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
 
Level 4 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHSC 4414 Mineral Processing 2 3.5
  COMM 2451 Technical Communications 2 3.0
  ENGR 3800 Introduction to Professional Engineering 3.0
  MATH 3504 Statistics 4.0
  MATH 4504 Differential Equations 3.0
  MINE 4020 Environmental Applications 3.0
  MINE 4107 Mineral Exploration 4.0
  MINE 4108 Exploration and Geological Field Methods 3.5
  MINE 4200 Drilling, Explosives and Fragmentation 3.0
 
Level 5 (15 weeks) Credits
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  LIBS 7001 Critical Reading and Writing 3.0
  MATH 5504 Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Methods 4.0
  MECH 5110 Thermal and Fluid Science 4.0
  MINE 5000 Surface Mine Design 5.0
  MINE 5005 Mineral Resource Estimation 6.0
  MINE 5100 Advanced Petrology 3.0
 
Level 6 (15 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  MINE 6000 Underground Mine Design and Ventilation 6.0
  MINE 6005 Advanced Rock Mechanics 3.0
  MINE 6010 Computer Aided Mine Design 3.0
  MINE 6015 Cost Estimating for Mining Projects 3.0
  MINE 6020 Mining Field Methods 3.0
  MINE 6100 Applied Structural Geology 3.0
Choose one of the following Liberal Studies electives:
  LIBS 7005 Technology, Invention and Power 3.0
  LIBS 7007 Technology and Society 3.0
 
Level 7 (15 weeks) Credits
  MINE 7000 Energy Resources 3.0
  MINE 7010 Mine Reclamation and Closure Design 3.0
  MINE 7015 Mining Seminar 1 1.0
  MINE 7020 Mineral Industry Economics 3.0
  MINE 7025 Innovations in Mining Technology and Design 3.0
  MINE 7100 Exploration Project Design 5.0
  MINE 7110 Capstone Project 1 3.0
 
Level 8 (15 weeks) Credits
  COMM 8351 Capstone Project Communication 1.5
  MINE 8000 Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Indigenous Awareness 3.0
  MINE 8005 Mine Management and Occupational Health 3.0
  MINE 8015 Mining Seminar 2 1.0
  MINE 8020 Engineering Law and Ethics 3.0
  MINE 8110 Capstone Project 2 6.0
**Plus one General Education Elective (3.0 credits)
 
**General Education Electives (3.0 credits required)
View the Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering General Education Requirements [PDF] for a list of pre-approved academic disciplines or to access the General Education elective pre-approval form.
 
Total Credits: 222.0

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

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.

Program length

Four years, full-time

Grading

All MINE courses have a minimum passing grade of 50%.

A minimum GPA of 70% in the first year is required to be eligible for entry into the second year.

From year two onwards students are required to maintain a level-by-level weighted average GPA of at least 60% in order to remain in good standing [PDF].

Accreditation

Accredited undergraduate engineering programs provide the education necessary for licensure as a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Canada. Engineers Canada, through the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board (CEAB), accredits undergraduate engineering programs at Canadian higher education institutions. Accreditation of a program is granted only after there has been a cohort of students graduated from the program.

Graduates of an accredited engineering program in B.C. are eligible to register with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) as an Engineer-in-Training (EIT). Once they gain four years of engineering work experience and complete the professional practice exam, they will qualify for a licensure and the designation of Professional Engineer.

The Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering program has been designed to be eligible for accreditation by the CEAB and the Program will be seeking accreditation in the year of the first graduating class. For students graduating prior to accreditation being granted and who intend to pursue registration as a Professional Engineer there is a well-defined path to becoming an EIT that will require passing of the US Fundamentals of Engineering exam (F.E.) as evidence that they have met the academic requirements for licensure.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Part-time Studies

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.
Dates: normally offered once in the winter term.

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 Maha Shehadeh, Program Administrator, at 604-432-8683 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 Maha Shehadeh, Program Administrator, at 604-432-8683. For information on course content and registration, please contact our Student Coordinator Shawna Waberi at swaberi@bcit.ca or Dr.Thomas Mumford, Program Head at tmumford2@bcit.ca.

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

Thomas Mumford, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Program Head and PTS Coordinator

Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
E: tmumford2@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

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

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

Jim Morin, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology Instructor

Aboriginal Minerals Training Program, Environmental Applications
E: james_morin@bcit.ca

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

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

Reza Tafti, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology Instructor

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

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

Geology, Mineral Deposits, computer courses and labs
E: swaberi@bcit.ca

Staff

Maha Shehadeh
Program Assistant

E: mshehadeh@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

  • Tom Broddy, Taseko Mines Limited (Chair)
  • Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi, SRK Consulting
  • Bruce Bried, Mining Consultant *
  • Bruce Butcher
  • Deanna D'Amour, Shell Canada
  • Lewis Clarke, Pacific Blasting and Demolition *
  • Gavin Dirom, AMEBC
  • Alex Doll, AGD Cosulting
  • Kerris Houghardy, Hays Recruiting
  • Lana Eagle, Industry Council for Aboriginal Business
  • Malcolm MacLachlan, UBC, NBK Institute of Mining Engineering
  • Patrick McAndless, Geodude
  • 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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