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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.


As technology evolves and the global economy changes, our students and researchers play a key role in defining the state of the art in mining. In close collaboration with industry partners, our faculty and students work to make mining operations safer, more efficient, more productive, less impactful on the natural environment, and more cost effective.


Mining engineers need to know about all the engineering work associated with mining operations from initial discovery of ore deposits to marketing of the final manufactured products. Mining engineering is a discipline that requires a broad spectrum of knowledge. Queen’s students who choose mining engineering after the common first year receive basic preparation in electrical, civil, industrial, mechanical, metallurgical, and chemical engineering concepts. They then choose from among three major speciality options that are available in the mining engineering curriculum: mining, mineral processing, and mine environment and mine mechanical.


Students may achieve mastery to a contemporary professional standard in computer applications, automation and robotics, mine evaluation, equipment selection, industrial equipment design, heavy equipment maintenance, transportation systems, mine design and planning, rock mechanics, explosives technology, drilling and blasting, mineral processing, plant and process design, management and labour relations, environmental control, and energy efficiency and management.


An engineering degree from The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining at Queen’s, with its excellent recognition internationally, equips graduates to become highly employable in the mining industry not only in Canada but worldwide.



  • Mineral Extraction
  • Mining Finance
  • Management
  • Equipment and Technology


  • Mining
  • Mine/Mechanical
  • Mineral Processing


  • Students 219
  • Masters 35
  • PhD 12
  • Faculty 11
  • Awarded Degrees 150


Mining Major Map and Course Calendar

Need help finding your way through Queen’s and beyond? Get major-specific advice on academics, extra-curriculars, networking, international opportunities and career development all in one place. This map provides suggestions - you don’t have to follow all the recommendations. Use it to plan ahead, and find your own way at Queen’s!



Career Opportunities

Some of the companies that have hired our grads in the past 10 years:

  • Agnico-Eagle
  • Akara Mining Ltd
  • Alcatel
  • Algoma Steel
  • Altagas Ltd
  • AMEC
  • Anglo American
  • Arab Potash Company Limited
  • Baffinland Iron Mines Corp
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Barrick Gold
  • Bechtel Inc
  • Bell Canada
  • BHP Australia Coal Ltd
  • Breakwater Resources Ltd
  • Bridger Coal Company
  • Bruce Power
  • BT Bank of Canada
  • Burnet Duckworth Palmer
  • Cameco
  • Canada Salt
  • Cariboo Pulp & Paper Co
  • Castle Gold Corporation
  • Chevron Mining Inc
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Dyantec
  • Gammon Gold
  • GE Infrastructure Water & Process Technologies
  • General Dynamics
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Gibraltar Mines Ltd
  • Global Coal Management
  • Goldcorp
  • Golder Associates
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Indonesia
  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Hatch Associates
  • High River Gold Mines Ltd
  • Highland Valley Copper
  • HMZ Metals Inc
  • Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co
  • Iamgold
  • Imperial Oil
  • INCO
  • Inmet Mining Corporation
  • J S Redpath Ltd
  • Kidd Creek Mines Ltd
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Kinross Gold Corporation
  • LaFarge Corporation
  • Marshall Macklin & Monaghan
  • Marston & Marston
  • Michelin Tires (Canada) Ltd
  • Mines Accident Prevention Assoc
  • Mining Association of British Columbia
  • Ministry of Energy Science & Technology
  • Nav Canada
  • Naylor Engineer Associates Ltd
  • Newmont Canada
  • Noranda Mining & Exploration
  • Noranda Technology Centre
  • Ontario Graphite Ltd
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Ontario Rock Drillers Co Ltd
  • Osler Hoskins & Harcourt LLP
  • PCS Potash Corp
  • Placer Dome
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • Procter & Gamble Inc
  • R A Warren Equipment Ltd
  • R H Enterprises Ltd
  • RBC
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • RBC Dominion Securities Inc
  • RIM
  • Rio Tinto
  • Runge Mining Canada Ltd
  • Sandvik Mining & Construction
  • Saskatchewan Power Corp
  • SGS Canada
  • Shaw Pipe Protection Ltd
  • Shell Canada Energy
  • Shell Canada Ltd
  • SNC Lavalin
  • SRK Consulting
  • St Mary's Cement Corporation
  • Stantec
  • Stelco Steel
  • Suncor Energy
  • Teck Cominco Corp
  • Toromont Industries Ltd
  • Union Gas
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Vale Inco
  • Wardrop Engineering
Options in the Mining Program
Options in the Mining Program

This option is designed to produce engineers capable of designing, operating and managing a mining operation. Mining engineers acquire knowledge about all relevant mining processes, from exploration to production, also including management and environmental issues.

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Undergraduate Courses
Undergraduate Courses

A comprehensive list of Undergraduate Mining Engineering courses, including technical electives and common first year.

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What does a Mining Engineer do?
What does a Mining Engineer do?

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.

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