Our Department Holds a significant position in the Canadian mining industry
Traditionally, mining has been one of the broadest engineering fields. A mining engineer is required to be familiar with all aspects of work involved in the operation of a mining project from the initial discovery stage to the marketing of a final product.
Mining is the foundation of industrial civilization. It is the process of extracting minerals like gold, silver, copper, nickel and uranium (metallic) and salt, potash, coal and oil (nonmetallic) formations that concentrate naturally in the earth.
The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s has prepared global mining industry leaders for more than 120 years. It is today not only the largest mining department in Canada but among the largest in the world. In fact, Queen’s mining engineers account for some 33 percent of all Canadian mining and mineral processing engineers who have graduated from Canadian universities.