Masters of Engineering
Mining Engineering students in the field.
Mining is the foundation of modern industrial civilization and so much so that, other than for the growing of agricultural products for which mined products such as potash are a necessity, the raw ingredients for everything else in our modern lives comes from mining. These ingredients include the minerals in your toothpaste, the plastic cases and gold circuits in your computers, the metal components of your automobiles, the jewellery that you wear and even the salt on your dinner table that you use to season your food.
The field of mining engineering combines one-part technical design and one-part business management, where mining engineers are responsible for deciding the value of a mineral deposit and and how best to mine it, planning the day-to-day scheduling of mining operations to maximize mineral extraction and profit, and ensuring the safety of people and equipment through applications in areas such as mine ventilation, rock mechanics, mechanization, automation and remote sensing.
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The requirement for completion of the M.Eng. degree is eight (8) term length courses. Two of the courses can be at the 400 undergraduate level. Students are eligible to take any relevant courses listed in the Graduate Calendar, as long as at least four (4) of the courses are taken from their home department. Students generally take a set of courses that fit their background and interest.
For example, the following set of six courses could go towards an MEng degree with a specialization in Mine Design within the Mining Engineering program:
- MINE 800 Advanced Mining Systems and Processes
- MINE 814 Advanced Ventilation and Environmental Mine Engineering
- MINE 818 Rock Mechanics
- MINE 851 Maintenance Engineering
- MINE 853 Mining Robotics
- MINE 862 Issues in Health, Safety and Environment
In Mining Engineering, students are also able to take MINE 898, a project-based course that counts as one course towards the required eight course total.
Mining engineers acquire knowledge about all relevant mining processes, from exploration to production, that also include management and environmental issues. On-campus laboratories include a rock mechanics, mine-mechanical and a mine environment laboratory, computer planning facilities, and several mineral processing laboratories. The Department also operates an Explosive Test Site in Hinchinbrooke Township, near Kingston.
The non-research program (M.Eng.) requires that several more courses be taken, but the project, which may be completed by the student, is not defended formally, as is the case for the research program. The objectives of the program are to provide the mining industry with specialist personnel capable of solving broad problems either as mining or research company employees or consultants.