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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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.
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.
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).
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:
Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Technology Degree Re-admission form [PDF] with your application.
BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:
You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.
September each year.
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.
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.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
Year 1 - $1700, Year 2 - $1200, Year 3 - $1200, Year 4 - $1000
(general estimated cost, subject to change)
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday
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.
|Level 1 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Chemistry 1 for Mining
CHEM 1105 covers topics of general chemistry including atomic structure, chemical formulas, stoichiometry, aqueous reactions and concentrations of solutions, acids and bases, periodic properties of the elements and basic concepts of chemical bonding. Laboratory exercises consist of qualitative and quantitative analysis and acid-base chemistry. The emphasis is on applications of chemical principles, chemical calculations and analysis, and the development of good laboratory skills.
Technical Communication 1
Students learn how to write letters, memos, and routine email messages. They learn to write clear and concise sentences and paragraphs and to make documents easily accessible through headings, lists and white space. They learn how to avoid some common grammatical errors in their writing. They also learn to give an oral report based on library and online research on a new development in their technology. In addition, they learn how to prepare a resume and job application letter and fill out a job application form. Students also learn how to collaborate as part of a team to accomplish work related communication tasks.
This course starts with a basic overview of personal computer hardware, how a PC works and how to get the most functionality out of a Windows based computer. Students will focus on the Windows operating system and become accomplished at using its graphical user interface (GUI) for desktop navigation and managing files. Discussions will also include the technical aspects of using Windows for networking and troubleshooting. Topics include: An introduction to PC hardware, functions of an operating system (OS), file and disk management, backing up and protecting data, troubleshooting, networking, security, virus protection and firewalls. Students will also gain experience in utilizing Excel to develop well formatted spreadsheets. Topics will include user interface elements, using formulae and built-in functions, editing and formatting, custom numeric and data formatting, working with tables and charts, sorting and filtering, pivot tables, slicers, pivot charts, and graphic objects.
Technical Mathematics for Mining
This course covers; equations and Relations including polynomial, conic, power, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric, and systems. Applications are stressed including graphical linear programming, exponential/logarithmic transformations, common and natural logarithms and logarithmic/semi-logarithmic graphs, radian measure and its applications. Solid geometry, formula creation, unit analysis, and math/computer models are important skills. Also taught are vectors and solution of triangles, with applications in forces, motions and navigation. The goal of this course is to develop skills at defining, solving and presenting mining and exploration industry related problems using the basic mathematical skills taught in this course.
Introduction to the Minerals Industry
Introduces students to the wide scope of the mining 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 importance of environmental considerations and sustainable development are introduced. Students will learn the terminology used in the industry in preparation for further courses taught during the program. Except for online courses, a visit to an active mining operation will form part of the course curriculum.
Presents an overview of the processes and materials that form and shape the planet Earth. The theory of plate tectonics is introduced and used as the basis of understanding the fundamental geological processes that operate both on, and beneath the Earth's surface. The formation and characteristics of minerals and development of the geological time scale, and deformation in the Earth's crust are reviewed as are an introduction to the geology of mineral and energy deposits and the geology of North America. Laboratory work includes identification of minerals, examination of geological maps and structures, and study of geological processes.
Prepares students for success in the Mining and Mineral Exploration Program by outlining success strategies in learning, time-management, and exam preparation. It will also outline the responsibilities that students have to their class and the program. These responsibilities will be structured around the expectations of industry in a working environment and will include aspects such as attendance, participation, preparedness, punctuality, team work, respect, and quality of work.
Physics for Mining Technology 1
Covers data analysis, linear and rotational kinematics and dynamics, equilibrium, work, energy and power, stress and strain. The laboratory deals with the principles of measurement and the experimental method of acquiring knowledge.
Surveying for Mining 1
Covers fundamental concepts and principles of surveying; datums, principle of differential leveling, bench mark and detail leveling, peg-test, grades, use of levels, theodolites and steel chains; linear measurements; angle measurements and reductions, directions, bearings, coordinate systems; gradients and cut and fill; field note keeping and reductions; care, maintenance and adjustment of equipment.
|Level 2 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Chemistry 2 for Mining
Continues from CHEM 1105 and covers topics of inorganic chemistry including solubility equilibria, buffer solutions, oxidation and reduction reactions, electrochemistry, physical and chemical properties of gases, liquids and solids, phase diagrams and intermolecular forces. Electrochemistry includes electrochemical cells, applications of electrolysis, electrometallurgy, and corrosion. Lab work covers a variety of topics including electrochemical cells, ion exchange, spectrophotometric analysis, water hardness and alkalinity indices. Prerequisites: CHEM 1105
Calculus 1 for Mining
This course covers the following topics: functions and graphs; limits and continuity, the Intermediate Value Theorem; differentiation rules for algebraic, trigonometric, logarithmic and exponential functions and inverse trigonometric functions; applications of differentiation; Newton’s method; analytic geometry; anti-differentiation. Applications to the mining industry will be utilized. Problem-solving skills and solution presentation will be emphasized. Prerequisites: MATH 1501
Mining Industry Experience*
The Mining Industry Work Experience involves enhancing the educational experience by integrating traditional academic studies with relevant work experience. Work terms are paid temporary jobs where students complete productive work that relates directly to the core competencies of the Mining and Mineral Exploration program. Job postings are approved by the BCIT Co-op Coordinator. Students in the program attend workshops to enhance their employability prior to their placement and compete for job postings during academic term 2. This an Optional/Selective course. Prerequisite: Current registration in BCIT’s Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology and successful completion of academic terms 1 and 2. Maintain a 70% Grade Point with no failures in academic terms 1 and 2. Successful Application and Admission to the Mining Industry Work Experience Program. Attendance at all pre-employment workshops.
Mineralogy and Petrology
Examines the formation, characteristics and classification of minerals and rocks. The crystallographic, chemical and physical properties of minerals, and the important rock-forming and economic mineral groups are discussed. Igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks and their relationship to mineral deposits are reviewed. The processes of rock formation are illustrated through a review of the geological evolution of British Columbia and other parts of North America. Laboratory exercises focus on the field identification of minerals and rocks and the interpretation of geological maps. Prerequisites: MINE 1101
Surface Mining and Blasting
Examines in detail aspects of the design, planning and operation of surface mines, and explosive theory and blasting practices as applied to surface mines. Topics include; mining methods, strategic mine planning, pit optimization, production scheduling, grade control and dilution, surface mining equipment, road design, drilling and blasting, safety and maintenance. Types of mining operations discussed include hard rock open pits, open cast coal mines and quarrying operations for industrial minerals. The concepts of cut off grade and stripping ratio are discussed in details and practiced. Lerches and Grossmann Pit optimization algorithm is discussed and practiced. The importance of grade control and dilution are explored and practiced. Production equipment are discussed and compared in detail such as trucks and shovels. Basic concepts of road design such as layouts, different curves, stopping distance and regulations are discussed. Information will be presented on various types of commercial explosives and blasting agents and their safe handling. Methods of initiation and timing of blasts will be discussed along with means to monitor and reduce blast vibration and damage. Prerequisites: MINE 1100
Exploration and Mine Safety
Provides an overview of key safety issues encountered in mineral exploration and mining work environments as well as the completion of WHMIS on-line course and Worksafe BC Occupational First Aid Level 1. Topics that will be discussed include the development of safe working habits, personal safety gear, work in remote camp settings, safe travel in the field, animal awareness, safe operation around aircraft, watercraft and heavy equipment, mine rescue, and hazards associated with mine gasses and fires.
CAD for Mining
The course presents an introduction to the functions and use of AutoCAD and AutoCAD 3D Civil for solving different mining problems. Mining design software for engineering, surveying, and reclamation will be introduced. AutoCAD serves as a graphic engine and drawing editor. Mine design software that can be considered as an extension of AutoCAD will be used to add commands and enhancements for earthmoving and engineering. Prerequisites: COMP 1620
Physics for Mining Technology 2
Covers behaviours of fluids, thermal properties of matter, waves, electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic induction, DC and AC circuits. The lab component is comprised of experiments to complement the lectures. Prerequisites: PHYS 1147
Surveying for Mining 2
Covers computations and adjustments of integrated traverses; triangulation; trigonometric leveling; horizontal curves; road and building layouts, drill pattern layouts; cut and fill, area and volume calculations; introduction to total stations; introduction to GPS theory and applications. Prerequisites: SURV 1145
*This is an optional course offered in the summer months. Please contact the program area for further information.
|Level 3 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Mineral Processing 1
Introduction to ore processing methods, properties utilized in separation of ore from gangue, efficiency of concentrating operations, particle size measurement and size distribution data, crushing and screening, comminution theory, size reduction by grinding, sedimentation theory and application. Laboratory work and reports in the above topics.
Statics and Strength of Materials
Presents a basic introduction to the relationship between applied loads and the resulting support reactions and internal forces developed in statically determinate members and structures. The course is delivered through lectures and problem solving sessions. Topics include classification of force systems, equilibrium equations, freebody diagrams, support conditions and reactions, frame analysis, load, shear force and bending moment diagrams for beams, and friction. This course lays the foundation for subsequent civil engineering courses taught to mining students. Prerequisites: MATH 1501
Calculus 2 for Mining
This course covers the topics of: definite and indefinite integrals; integration techniques; applications of integration; Riemann sums and integrals; the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus; improper integrals; first-order differential equations; Taylor Series. Applications to the mining industry will be utilized. Problem-solving skills and solution presentation will be emphasized. Prerequisites: MATH 2502
Reviews the formation, characteristics and geometry of crustal deformation structures. The concepts of stress and strain and the mechanisms of deformation provide the background for a descriptive analysis of common deformation structures including joints, veins, faults, folds, planar and linear deformation fabrics and shear zones. The relationships between geological structures, mineral deposits and mining are examined throughout the course, as are the links between deformation and plate tectonics. Laboratory exercises focus on the visualization and graphical solution to three-dimensional structural problems and structural geology map problems. Some labs will involve analysis of structures in the field. Prerequisites: MINE 2101
Examines in detail the design, planning and operation of underground mines. Mining methods for different materials will be discussed with the emphasis on hard rock mining. The criteria for correct selection of underground mining methods will be presented in the context of orebody characteristics, required productivity and safety issues. Topics will include: general mine design, ground support requirements and techniques, sizes and types of underground openings, production planning, development and production cycles, mining equipment, mine ventilation and mine infrastructure. Prerequisites: MINE 2105
Provides an overview of the processes of formation and principle characteristics of major mineral deposits. Mineral deposit formation is discussed by considering the source, transportation and deposition of metals and minerals and the textures, forms and mineral alteration of common mineral deposits. This is followed by a survey of major mineral deposit types including precious and base metals, diamonds, coal and industrial minerals. Laboratory exercises will focus on the study of rock sample suites from mineral deposits in British Columbia and elsewhere in North America. Some labs will involve analysis of structures in the field. Prerequisites: MINE 2101
Introduction to Soil and Rock Mechanics
This course introduces the fundamentals of soil and rock mechanics, and the objectives and techniques of geotechnical data collection used for mining construction projects and operations. Concepts of stability of surface soil and rock slopes and underground rock excavations are presented in the context of in situ rock mass stress and rock mass structure. This is a combined introductory course in soil and rock mechanics taught jointly by faculty from the mining and civil engineering programs Support systems commonly utilized in underground and surface excavations are discussed with respect to their applications and safety requirements. Exercises will focus on geotechnical field mapping, graphical data presentation, core logging, soil classification methods, and rock strength testing. Soil and rock engineering properties will be introduced by laboratory tests during the lecture hours. Laboratory tests will include; soil classification methods, standard soil compaction and shear tests, uniaxial compressive (UCS) testing of rock cores and point load testing of rock specimens. A day-long mine site field trip for rock mapping and testing exercises will be conducted in the second part of the term. Prerequisites: MATH 1501 and MINE 2105
Computer Applications for Exploration
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of exploration databases and spatial data management. GIS technology will be applied to the mapping, display, and analysis of mineral exploration data. Topics covered include fundamental concepts, definitions, organization of databases and GIS; data integration and conversion; spatial and non-spatial query, analysis, display and reporting. Quality assurance and quality control of exploration databases will be discussed. Labs will develop skills in the use of GIS and database software for managing and analyzing mineral exploration data. Prerequisites: COMP 1620
|Level 4 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Mineral Processing 2
Separation of slurries into solid and liquid fractions by thickening, filtration and drying. Separation of economic minerals from gangue minerals by froth flotation. Classification and concentration of minerals according to their mass, shape and hydrophobicity. Introduction to the essential unit operations and processes encountered in hydrometallurgy. Prerequisites: CHSC 3314
Technical Communications 2
In a workplace that varies from offices to tents to mountains to cities, graduates need to be able to present technical and economic facts regarding mining projects accurately and clearly, and work effectively with other professionals and teams. To ensure that students are acquiring these communication skills in a technical context that is relevant to mining and mineral exploration, this communication course is closely coordinated with the students’ major mining course. To develop their teamwork and interpersonal skills, students complete team profiling exercises, practice effective meeting strategies, participate in case-study simulations, and acquire the planning and editing skills for writing a composite team report. Students will also prepare a professional resume, an application letter, and a sample answer appropriate for a professional job interview. Prerequisites: COMM 1135
Introduction to Professional Engineering
This course explores the role of engineers in various business contexts, and in society in general. Engineering activities will be discussed in the context of engineering projects, involvement in the life cycle of a product, corporate dynamics in various sized enterprises, consultation and entrepreneurship. The importance of standards in the orderly advancement of the use of technology in society will be discussed, as will the roles and obligations of the professional engineer in areas of ethics, environmental stewardship, safety and protection of the public interest. The course also addresses the underlying assumptions of scientific methods as well as open-ended problem solving and engineering design processes. Prerequisites: COMM 3690
Descriptive statistics, including measures of central tendency and dispersion, and graphical presentation of data using Excel. Concepts of probability, probability distributions (including binomial, normal, Poisson, log-normal and chi-square distributions). Inferential statistics, including sampling, estimation, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and an introduction to statistical process control. Prerequisites: MATH 1501
The course covers analytical methods for solving ordinary differential equations of first, second and higher orders as well as systems of differential equations. Eigenvalue methods are employed to solve systems of homogeneous differential equations and extended to the inhomogeneous case. Prerequisites: MATH 3503
This course provides an overview of environmental issues and practices that relate the mining industry. Topics include an historical overview of mining and the environment, an introduction to the principles and application of sustainability and the social license to operate, a review of the origin and control of acid rock drainage and a survey of environmental applications throughout the mining life cycle including baseline studies, the environmental assessment processes, environmental applications at operating mines, reclamation and closure. Prerequisites: MINE 1100
Reviews the mineral exploration industry and discusses common exploration techniques and the interpretation of exploration data. The business of exploration is outlined including the roles of different participants, ethics in exploration, the sources of exploration funding and the regulatory requirements of Canadian stock exchanges and securities commissions. The objectives and strategies employed in mining exploration are described including the design of sampling programs. Common exploration techniques and their applications are discussed including mapping, prospecting, remote sensing, geochemistry, geophysics and diamond drilling. Case studies and an exploration design project form an integral part of the course. Prerequisites: MINE 3101 and MINE 3106
Exploration and Geological Field Methods
Introduction to prospecting, exploration and geological field techniques in a camp setting in southern British Columbia. The course focuses on developing field skills such as compass use, map reading, prospecting techniques, taking field notes, observations and sketches, sampling techniques (rock, soil, silt), establishing exploration grids, and conducting geochemical and geophysical surveys. Geological field skills include geological mapping and identification of minerals, rocks and alteration around selected mineral deposits. Course includes several half-day exercises and a multi-day exploration mapping project. Prerequisites: MINE 3101 and MINE 3106
Drilling, Explosives and Fragmentation
This course expands on the principles and theories of drilling and blasting in both surface and underground mining situations introduced in previous courses (i.e., MINE 2105, MINE 3105). Topics include: the theory of detonation and chemistry of explosives, performance and factors in drilling, penetration and rotation rates, selection of drilling methods, drilling automation, the properties and selection of commercial explosives, initiation and delay systems, basics blast design principles and practices, and blast fragmentation analysis. Current trends in drilling and blasting practices are considered as well as blasting damage analysis and controlled blasting and blast vibration monitoring methods. The economics of drill/blast practice and their interface with transport and crushing systems are also addressed. Case studies in blast design will be examined during the course. Prerequisites: MINE 2105 and MINE 3105
|Level 5 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Presents a challenging overview of the workings of an economy. Stresses measurement and determination of national economic activity, the role of monetary and fiscal policy, and the understanding of inflation, unemployment and growth in an international environment. Prepares students to weigh political and economic issues as they relate to their business ventures.
Critical Reading and Writing
Develops advanced skills in critical analysis, close reading and composition through lectures, discussion and group activities in which students analyze and evaluate materials from various disciplines. Readings might come from professional journals, reports, newspapers, magazines and literature. Multimedia such as video, music and the Internet may also be included. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
Applied Linear Algebra and Numerical Methods
This course covers the basics of vectors including vector algebra, the dot product, the cross product and applications. It also covers systems of linear equations, their solution by methods such as Gaussian elimination and matrix inversion, and applications. Matrix algebra, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Selected numerical methods are covered including root-finding, numerical linear algebra methods and numerical solutions of ordinary differential equations. Course topics will be approached throughout with an emphasis on modeling of engineering systems in mechanical, heat transfer and fluid mechanics fields, similarity of matrices and applications to mining will be emphasized. Software to perform matrix calculations will be demonstrated. Prerequisites: MATH 4504
Thermal and Fluid Science
This course will provide students an understanding of energy systems and fluid flows in general and the basic principles of thermal and fluid systems, processes and cycles and fluid mechanics equations (continuity, momentum, energy). Topics covered include: the ideal gas law and 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics, fluid flow and the conversion of energy, fluid properties; energy losses; Reynolds number; Moody diagram; simple pipe networks, pumps, mixtures of air and water vapor and fluid statics. Prerequisites: MATH 4504
Surface Mine Design
This is an advanced course built on the learning acquired during the course Surface Mining and Blasting. Students will further develop their knowledge and skills in surface mine designs and production planning. Emphasis is placed on the theory and concepts behind mine design. Topics covered during the course will include; an in-depth analysis of surface mining methods and mining operations, and open-pit design. Industry standard mine design software is used throughout the course. The fundamental of open pit slope design based on geological, geotechnical and hydrogeological models will be discussed. Production capacities of mining equipment including machine availability and utilization will be examined with the emphasis on shovel loading and haulage trucks. Related calculations will be practiced. Prerequisites: MINE 2105
Mineral Resource Estimation
Lectures investigate different methods for data analysis and computer modeling of mineral deposits. A significant component of the course will pertain to geostatistics, data certainty, and interpolating between data points. The primary parameters controlling the calculation of mineral resources are reviewed, such as deposit type and drill hole spacing. Estimation and simulation methods used to characterize ore grade variability, ore reserve classification, and uncertainty assessment. Lab assignments will focus on data compilation and integration, designing ore body models, and estimating methodologies for mineral resources. Prerequisites: MATH 3504 and MINE 3109 and MINE 4107
Petrology of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks with emphasis on: field relations, macroscopic textures, mineralogy, and classification. Lectures will focus on the processes responsible for their formation in terms of composition, heat, pressure and fluid effects, and relations to various tectonic settings. Sedimentary rocks will be discussed with respect to modern and ancient sedimentary environments and facies, paleogeography, and stratigraphic correlation. Prerequisites: MINE 2101
|Level 6 (15 weeks)||Credits|
Management Skills and Applications
The course provides an overview of the basic skills of a manager and applies these skills through a series of projects and case studies. It examines the evolution of management and the organizational culture and environment. It also teaches the decision-making skills and the skills involved in planning, organizing, leading and controlling, including planning and facilitating change, teamwork, applying motivational techniques and effective communication.
Underground Mine Design and Ventilation
This course provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge acquired in earlier courses to the design of an underground mine. Initial design information will be provided to students and during the course they will complete the selection, design, and development of the most suitable underground mining methods and various development and production excavations based upon the physical and the geological properties of mineral deposits provided. The open-ended designs will include; reserve estimates, development and production plans, engineering drawings for development and extraction, underground access and haulage systems and ventilation requirements for the mine. As the correct design of the mine ventilation system is an important consideration in underground mining, this course includes several modules and laboratory sessions where students will learn applications, analyses and design of subsurface ventilation systems. Topics include: thermodynamic properties of air, hydraulics of air flow through mine openings and ducts, ventilation survey methods and modeling of air flow using ventilation network analysis. The subject of mine air conditioning is covered including; mine heat and humidity related problems, methods of mine air heating and cooling, dangers of gases and dusts and governing regulations and environmental considerations Hands-on laboratory experiments will include airflow measurement, instrument calibration, fan characteristics and application of computer ventilation network systems. Prerequisites: MECH 5110 and MINE 3105
Advanced Rock Mechanics
This is an advanced course building on the learning acquired during the course MINE 3107 Introduction to Soil and Rock Mechanics including: fundamentals of solid mechanics, friction along rough surfaces, degradation and failure under compressive loads, and the influence of groundwater on rock mass behaviour. The effects of fractures and joints, and the presence of cracks on a large scale rock behavior for mine design and construction will be assessed. Further topics include geotechnical engineering applications in mining practice such as: compaction and stabilization of underground backfill, design of underground excavations and support, analysis of stress and rock mass deformations around excavations using analytical and numerical methods, and critical evaluation of field, in situ, and laboratory data collection, analysis, and interpretation for slope and excavation design. Slope stability analysis related to surface mining design will be discussed in detail for different types of slope rock failures. The use of various rock mass classification systems for site characterization and excavation design will be explained along with stress distribution, settlement analysis, and failure theories of rocks. Advanced topics on strength of rocks, data uncertainty, and risk management in geotechnical engineering will be presented along with case studies. Laboratory tests performed will focus on rock strength and durability. Prerequisites: MINE 3107
Computer Aided Mine Design
The course introduce students to the more complex system design tasks, which span disciplines and involve many areas of engineering science and design. This course expands and diversifies on the knowledge acquired during MINE 5000 Surface Mine Design course. After an overview of current computer usage in the mining industry, through a series of workshops using selected packages of mining software in current usage, the students will learn different techniques regarding the mine design, optimization, planning, scheduling, simulation and project management for a surface mine. The knowledge will be extended to some basics of underground mine design. Prerequisites: MINE 5000 and MINE 5005
Cost Estimating for Mining Projects
This course covers the subject of cost estimation methodologies and procedures as they apply to design, development and operation of mining projects. Topics covered will include; types and levels of cost estimates, cost estimation techniques, the development of detailed capital cost estimates using the WBS, the scheduling of construction activities and the allocation of resources to construction projects. Mine operating costs estimates will be developed from first principles. Common errors in cost estimating will be discussed and case studies made of actual mining project costs estimates. The functions of the project manager and the procurement and expediting departments on major construction projects will be covered including the planning, scheduling and execution functions of the project management group.. Risks associated with cost estimates and their ramifications on project economics will be discussed Techniques used in the industry for estimating capital and operating costs will be practiced through a series of cost estimation exercises including development of cost estimation spreadsheets and use of industry computer software for cost estimation. The use of MS Projecttm for construction scheduling will be introduced.
Mining Field Methods
This is a practical course that involves field studies and application of mining field methods that will be undertaken during a week-long session at a test mining engineering research facility. Emphasis is placed on accurate field and laboratory data collection, analysis and interpretation. Short reports will be produced by students on the work undertaken on the various technical assignments. Examples of areas of mining engineering topics that will be covered during the course are: testing of rock materials, underground ventilation surveys of air quality and design of a ventilation circuit, design and installation of underground rock support systems for different mining applications, measurement of the effect of equipment exhaust on the health of mine workers and identification of safety issues. Prerequisites: MINE 3107
Applied Structural Geology
Advanced analysis of local and regional deformation when applied to mineral exploration and mining. Lectures will focus on the effects of stress in the formation and deformation of mineral deposit and utilization of structural geology methods in mineral exploration and extraction. A variety of case studies related to structurally controlled or deformed mineral deposits will be investigated. Laboratory assignments will include the examination of structural fabrics and textures in drill core and hand sample, structural mapping, geometric analysis of structural data sets, and interpretation of complex stratigraphic columns and geologic maps. Prerequisites: MINE 3101
|Choose one of the following Liberal Studies electives:|
Technology, Invention and Power
From ancient Greek myth to modern science fiction, Western culture's depictions of the power of technology have shaped our contemporary views. By analysing selected works of literature, film, TV and Internet sites from different historical periods, students will explore continuities and changes in depictions of technology and its transformative powers. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
Technology and Society
This course will explore the interrelationship between technology and society. The course will focus on how societal forces shape and are shaped by the meanings, development, spread, and uses of technology. Concepts, perspectives, and arguments from the social sciences and humanities will be studied and applied to analyze connections between society and technology. Prerequisite: BCIT ENGL 1177, or 6 credits BCIT Communication at 1100-level or above, or 3 credits of a university/college first-year social science or humanities course.
|Level 7 (15 weeks)||Credits|
This course covers the basic theories and techniques related to exploration, extraction, engineering, and economics of coal, petroleum, gas, nuclear and geothermal resources. The coal resource component includes origin and classification, utilization, conventional mining methods, gasification, cleaning, transportation and uses. Natural gas resources include conventional and unconventional sources, exploration, extraction, processing, transportation and liquefied natural gas (LNG). Petroleum content includes drilling, reservoir characterization and production, benchmarking, refining, and in-situ and mining of oil sands. The nuclear resource section of the course includes uranium exploration, mining, milling and power generation. Current waste management techniques for energy resource facilities are reviewed. An introduction to geothermal resource exploration and usage is included.
Mine Reclamation and Closure Design
This course, which follows on from MINE 4020 – Environmental Applications, is an advanced design course focusing on the physical aspects of mine closure and site reclamation. The structure of this course is an applied approach with students carrying out research on case studies and examples of both well and poorly executed mine closures. Class participation and discussion on research findings is an integral part of the course. The emphasis is placed on technologies and systems design for site specific environmental reclamation. Economic impacts will be considered as part of each design component and students will perform a mine closure and reclamation design project. This class covers practices, problems and solutions to do with mine closure and reclamation in the mineral industry. Topics include; mine closure planning, environmental risk assessment, the use of GIS in closure planning, soil erosion issues, generation and control of acid rock drainage and the potential for surface subsidence. Case studies are used to highlight these topics. Prerequisites: MINE 4020
Mining Seminar 1
The Mining Seminar course enables students to present and discuss relevant mining industry topics. Presenters will include students, external faculty and industry representatives.
Mineral Industry Economics
This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of the economic aspects of mining projects and how mining projects are financed. The fundamentals of economic evaluation using standard industry evaluation tools such as discounted cash flows and other economic indicators will be taught using a series of worked exercises in producing evaluation of actual project cash flows to analyze project economics and compare project financial criteria. Types of financing available to companies to raise funds will be investigated including equity and debt financing. The workings of the stock market will be examined along with methods of raising funds through public and private placements and alternative methods such as flow-through shares, streaming and hedging. The types of royalties that are levied in the mineral industry will be reviewed as will depreciation methods, off-take agreements and taxation regimes (particularly within Canada). The marketing of metals and other mineral commodities will be researched along with an examination of smelter contracts and terms and conditions. Prerequisites: ECON 2200 and MINE 6015
Innovations in Mining Technology and Design
The course provides students with theoretical and empirical tools to analyze mining-related problems and design solutions using emerging technologies. The course is divided into a lecture component and a research component. The lecture component covers topics in leading-edge technologies within the mining industry and the research component provides students with the opportunity to investigate areas of leading edge technologies under development or currently being implemented in the minerals industry. As part of the lecture component students will undertake a series of reading and group presentation sessions of cutting edge research papers in order to build research expertise and presentation skills. Students, in small groups, will select a problem to investigate, conduct research into the topic and design a conceptual solution to the problem. Groups will prepare a concept paper that outlines the problem, the research methods employed and the solution(s) proposed. The problem analyzed and proposed solutions will be presented to peers and faculty for review. Prerequisites: MINE 5000 and MINE 6000
Exploration Project Design
This course covers the application and integration of geochemistry, geological mapping, geophysics, and drilling in the design and implementation of exploration programs. Topics will include: planning and execution of geochemical, geophysical and drill programs, sample assay techniques and assay lab operation, QA/QC methods, transportation and logistics of remote field projects, management of a field camp, and disclosure of exploration results. Fundamental controls on mineralization and prospectivity will be discussed with respect to tectonic setting, metallogenic provinces/belts, and regional structures. Advanced and deposit specific exploration techniques and tools will be reviewed. Selected case histories will be evaluated. Lab assignments emphasize: (1) the design and implementation of multi-component exploration programs, (2) the use of geographical information systems (GIS) in exploration, (3) the interpretation of geological, geochemical and geophysical data for target identification and ranking, (4) collection and analysis of drilling data, (5) mineral exploration QA/QC and maintenance of an exploration database, and (6) the disclosure of exploration program results. A major project is included that will involve the use of real exploration data to design and progress an advanced exploration program. Prerequisites: MINE 5100 and MINE 6100
Capstone Project 1
The Capstone Project provides a fitting climax to the Mineral Exploration and Mining Engineering Program. This course and MINE 8XXX – Capstone Project 2 integrate numerous aspects of the undergraduate program and provide an opportunity for students to focus and apply their skills and knowledge in an open-ended design assessment of a hypothetical mining project. The course simulates the conditions and demands of a typical mining project prefeasibility study and the end product is a completed prefeasibility study report and oral presentation. The students will examine a “cradle to grave” view of a project, from initial planning through to final closure and site remediation. This is a group exercise which develops and draws on team working, time management and resource allocation skills. Working in small groups, and based on project data supplied, students design, cost and evaluate a mining project and its financial viability. The distribution of tasks among the group is the responsibility of the students themselves. In addition this first course covers techniques for project management, as well as preparation and presentation of a detailed project proposal and engineering work plan. It draws on the expertise in engineering theory and design developed earlier in the program and forms the first part of the capstone project. Students gain expertise in forecasting and planning the project life cycle, and identification of project stakeholders, organizational influences and social economic and environmental influences. Prerequisites: MINE 5000 and MINE 5005 and MINE 6025 and MINE 6015 and MINE 6010
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Capstone Project Communication
This course is an adjunct to the Mineral Exploration & Mining Engineering Program’s final year Capstone Project course. As part of the capstone project, student groups are required to prepare a comprehensive prefeasibility report on a mining project and to present their findings to an industry audience based on the report. In this course student groups will receive coaching on organizing, writing, editing, and formatting their reports and practice consulting with professionals to complete a project. Effective teamwork and leadership and client communication will be developed. Presentation skills, developed in earlier courses, will be polished in readiness for the final project presentations. Prerequisites: COMM 2451
Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility and Indigenous Awareness
This course provides a forum for environmental, ethical and social aspects of the modern mining industry. Approaches to sustainability will be discussed and evaluated using elements of a basic Earth consciousness, human community aspirations, indigenous perspectives, global industry associations, national agendas, NGOs and corporate sustainability reports. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) refers to an increasing awareness, acceptance, consideration and development of the triple bottom line: economic, environmental and social. Social engagement is a process that commonly involves Indigenous communities and mainstream individuals, community, government and corporations. Its consequences commonly include whether or not a Prerequisites: MINE 4020
Mine Management and Occupational Health
This course covers the strategic, organizational and operational aspects of management in the minerals industry. Students learn to manage the technical, behavioral, political, social and cultural aspects of diverse groups of stakeholders that are typically found in the mining industry. Topics covered include: defining deliverables, formulating project strategy, effective group organization and management, effective communication with stakeholders (investors, the public, NGO’s, regulatory authorities etc…), managing without authority, risk management and resolving conflict. In addition the course will cover the basics of occupational health and safety legislation as it would pertain to mine management functions in accordance with the BC Mines Act. Topics taught will include; HR policies, health and safety practices, emergency preparedness planning, training/development needs on mine sites and the role of the safety department. Prerequisites: BUSA 7250
Mining Seminar 2
This course is a continuation of MINE 7015 in level 7. Students will continue to engage with industry personnel in a series of presentations and research topics.
Engineering Law and Ethics
This course encourages critical analysis of key issues that mining engineers encounter in law and ethics. Topics include: the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists Act and the Code of Ethics of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of B.C., forms of business organization (corporation, partnership or sole proprietorship) and employment (employee / employer, consultant), professional negligence and liability, health, safety and environmental considerations, torts and contracts. It also includes ethical principles in professional employment, engineering management, private practice, and consulting. The course will also examine the legal considerations for raising finances for exploration and development activities and provide an overview of the key business agreements such as option agreements, joint ventures and royalty agreements, which were covered in course MINE 7020 - Mineral Industry Economics.
Capstone Project 2
This course is the sequel to the Capstone Project I course in level 7. It involves completion of the prefeasibility study project and oral presentation begun in level 7. Each team will work to complete the execution of the engineering work plan that was commenced in MINE 7110 by preparing a prefeasibility report and presenting their results. The course draws on expertise in engineering theory, design and project management developed earlier in the program, and brings their capstone engineering design project to an appropriate conclusion. This course will require the involvement of faculty from a number of disciplines principally in mining, geology, mineral processing, economics and technical communication. Prerequisites: MINE 7020 and MINE 7110
|**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.|
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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.
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.
Four years, full-time
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].
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.
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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.
Thomas Mumford, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Program Head and PTS Coordinator
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
Olga Kosarewicz, M.Eng, P.Eng.
Soiland Rock Mechanics, Mine Closure & Reclamation, and Mine Projects
Jim Morin, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Aboriginal Minerals Training Program, Environmental Applications
William Oching, BEng, MBA, P.Eng.
Underground Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects
Reza Tafti, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
Shawna Waberi, M.Sc, P.Geo.
Assistant Instructor and Student Coordinator
Geology, Mineral Deposits, computer courses and labs
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