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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If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements or the application process, visit Admission & Registration or contact Student Coordinator Shawna Waberi, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to discuss the program in more detail, contact Dr.Thomas Mumford, Program Head at email@example.com or call 604-451-7195.
The information below will help you determine the cost of taking the program and assist you in developing a budget for your study.
In addition to tuition fees, books, supplies and equipment, students will incur expenses for field trips and field courses.
The Mineral Exploration and Mining department runs a number of field trips and courses to various mining and geological sites to aid and supplement classroom learning. While subsidized, these trips and courses require some financial contribution from the students. The values below do not include food, which is typically the student’s responsibility on field trips. Please note that trips are optional, but courses are not. Values are subject to change at the department’s discretion.
1st Year: $100 trip fee
2nd Year: $250 course fee (MINE 4108), and a separate $250 trip fee
3rd Year: $500 course fee (MINE 6020)
4th Year: Student led and supported field trip (cost unknown, trip dependent)
Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.
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.
Are you interested in geology, mineral exploration and the mining industry? We offer a variety of continuing education courses for entry-level to professional workers.
Each of the links below will offer a brief course description or give you the opportunity to register for a course.
CLASSROOM COURSE - Provides an overview of mineral exploration and mining for those in the financial industry and for investors. Covers a basic introduction to geology, mineral deposits, exploration techniques, drilling, resource and reserve estimates, exploration agreements and mining methods. Includes an overview of how to read technical news releases, understand drill and assay results and evaluate exploration properties and companies.
Dates: normally offered once in the fall.
ONLINE COURSE - Introduces students to the wide scope of the minerals industry and prepares them for further courses in mining. The course covers the breadth of the industry from mineral exploration through to processing and marketing of mining products. The history of mining is covered from early ages through to modern times. Considerations regarding the preservation of the natural environment and the concept of sustainable development are introduced.
Dates: normally offered once per term (Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer).
ONLINE COURSE - Presents an overview of the processes and materials that form and shape the planet Earth. Labs include rock and mineral description, examination of geological maps and structures, and study of geological processes. This course will appeal to aspiring earth science students as well as non-technical mineral industry personnel looking to better understand geologic fundamentals.
Dates: normally offered once in the winter term.
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 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.
BOTH ONLINE AND CLASSROOM OPTIONS AVAILABLE - Provides an introduction to geology and mineral deposits as it applies to prospecting and mineral exploration.
CLASSROOM COURSE - Provides an introduction to the methods and techniques that are used in prospecting and exploring for mineral deposits.
FIELD COURSE - Designed for prospectors, explorationists, students, field assistants, contractors and hobbyists as an introduction to field techniques used in prospecting and exploring for mineral deposits at a field school near Oliver in south-central BC.
CLASSROOM/FIELD COURSE - The course is geared towards individuals who are interested in developing a better and more informed understanding of the role of mining in our modern society; Britannia Mine is used as a case study. Students will visit the Britannia Mine, near Squamish, BC, on the second day of the course.
CLASSROOM COURSE - This course is aimed at non-geologists who write or vet news releases with technical disclosure, as well as geologists who wish to know more about technical disclosure requirements. This course will provide an overview of the requirements for public disclosure of technical information as it relates to a mineral exploration project progressing through its life cycle, including targeting, exploration and project development.
CLASSROOM COURSE - This course is geared towards both individuals that are new to the mining industry as well as experienced mining professionals that wish to obtain a better understanding of the key legal concepts and issues that impact upon their industry.
CLASSROOM COURSE - Risk is everywhere in the mining industry – financial, technical, environmental and – increasingly - social. This course unpacks risk in all its dimensions: learners will systematically identify, objectively assess, cost effectively monitor and strategically manage risk. This course will appeal to, and benefit from, a diversity of mining industry backgrounds, including directors, investor relations, analysts, accountants, technical professionals, CSR specialists and corporate development officers.
CLASSROOM COURSE - Economic modelling and valuation are at the core of mining investment decisions. This course introduces concepts and methods that will allow participants to understand mine economic valuation techniques and conduct basic project evaluations.
CLASSROOM COURSE - An introduction to the business of designing a metal ore processing plant - from ore source to finished products. Specifically, it will provide a general understanding of ore processing circuits, how the major processing equipment is arranged within buildings, and the relative location of these buildings on a site layout of a typical large-scale copper processing plant.
ONLINE COURSE - Provides an overview of environmental issues and practices that relate to the mining industry. The course includes an examination of baseline studies, the environmental assessment processes, and environmental applications at operating mines, reclamation and closure.
Note: students must have completed MINE 1100 prior to taking this course.
Check information on registration for part-time and online courses or contact Maha Shehadeh, Program Administrator, at 604-432-8683. For information on course content and registration, please contact our Student Coordinator Shawna Waberi at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr.Thomas Mumford, Program Head at email@example.com.
You have a great team of committed faculty, staff and industry advisors supporting your learning!
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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.
Elspeth Barnes, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Program Head and PTS Coordinator
Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
Thomas Mumford, Ph.D., P.Geo.
Geology, Mineralogy, Exploration and Field schools
Gheorghe Bonci, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Surface Mining, Mine Computer Applications and Mine Projects
Pierre Bredell, M.Eng., Pr.Eng. (ECSA)
Mine Economics, Capstone Project, Engineering Law and Ethics
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
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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