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BE(Hons) Mining Engineering-Single Major (Part-Time)

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Part Time

 Duration
8 Years
 Start month
March

 Tuition fee

International
38432 AUD
National
9050 AUD

Application fee

International 100 AUD
National 100 AUD
Department
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)87

About this course

Mining engineering is the extraction of valuable ores from the ground for processing and utilisation. It involves all phases of mining operations: from exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final land restoration and rehabilitation. Responsibility for the development and production phases of a mine requires a broad knowledge of all mining operations and skills in leadership and industrial relations.

Graduates are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals are extracted. With experience, mining engineers progress to senior managers or technical specialists, mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Many are employed by international companies, and gain overseas experience. Mining engineers are also employed by civil engineering companies to supervise tunnelling and open-cut operations for railways, roads, hydroelectric and sewerage works.

This major integrates theory and practical application and involves mathematics, basic, earth and engineering sciences. Minors are available in minerals process engineering and geomechanics. The unique University Experimental Mine facility, located near the St Lucia campus, is used for practical work in ventilation, earth sciences, surveying, production engineering and safety.

Employment opportunities:

Most mining engineers are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, uranium ores, coal, natural gas, limestone and phosphate rock are extracted. Later in their careers some mining engineers specialise. Others as senior managers or technical specialists, tend to move to the major cities where the head offices of the companies are located. Experienced mining engineers are also employed as mine inspectors and advisers to government bodies. Mining engineers often work for international companies, leading to opportunities for overseas travel and employment.

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Eligibility Criteria

English language requirement:

  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. 
  • Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).

Academic Requirement:

 For Australian students:

  • OP/Entry rank:6/89
  • Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, Mathematics B, plus one of Physics or Chemistry. Both Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics C are recommended.

 For International students:

  • Queensland Year 12 or equivalent English, equivalent qualifications of Mathematics B, plus one of Physics or Chemistry. Both Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics C are recommended.
  • IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6.Study Abroad and Incoming Exchange students are only required to meet the overall score (eg 6.5 IELTS or 87 TOEFL or 64 PTE( Pearson Test of English )).

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Course Modules

      Course Code     Course Title 

      Part A - Compulsory:
      Year 1:

  • ENGG1100 Engineering Design
  • ENGG1200 Engineering Modelling & Problem Solving
  • ENGG1211 Engineering Design, Modelling & Problem Solving
  • ENGG1300 Introduction to Electrical Systems
  • ENGG1400 Engineering Mechanics: Statics & Dynamics
  • ERTH1501 Earth Processes & Geological Materials for Engineers
  • [MATH1051 Calculus & Linear Algebra I [1]    (or)
  • [MATH1071 Advanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I
  • [MATH1052 Calculus and Differential Equations    (or)
  • [MATH1072 Advanced Multivariate Calculus & Ordinary Differential Equations

      Year 2, Semester 1:

  • MECH2410 Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics
  • MINE2105 Introduction to Mining
  • MINE2123 Structural Mechanics for Mining
  • STAT2201 Analysis of Engineering & Scientific Data

      Year 2, Semester 2:

  • CIVL2210 Fundamentals of Soil Mechanics
  • [MATH2000 Calculus & Linear Algebra II    (or)
  • [MATH2001 Advanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II
  • MINE2106 Resource Geology & Mine Surveying
  • MINE2201 Physical & Chemical Processing of Minerals

      Year 3, Semester 1:

  • MINE3120 Resource Estimation
  • MINE3121 Mining Geomechanics
  • MINE3122 Mining Systems

      Year 3, Semester 2:

  • MINE3123 Mine Planning
  • MINE3124 Mine Ventilation
  • MINE3125 Rock Breakage

      Year 4, Semester 1:

  • MINE4120 Mine Geotechnical Engineering
  • MINE4122 Mining Research Project I
  • MINE4124 Hard Rock Mine Design & Feasibility

      Year 4, Semester 2:

  • MINE4121 Mine Management
  • MINE4123 Mining Research Project II
  • MINE4125 Coal Mine Design and Feasibility

      Part B Electives:

      Part B0 - Preparatory Mathematics & Science Courses:

  • CHEM1090 Introductory Chemistry [2]
  • MATH1050 Mathematical Foundations [1] [3]
  • PHYS1171 Physical Basis of Biological Systems [4]

      B1 - Introductory Electives:

  • CHEM1100 Chemistry 1
  • CSSE1001 Introduction to Software Engineering
  • ENGG1500 Engineering Thermodynamics
  • ENGG1600 Introduction to Research Practices - The Big Issues
  • PHYS1002 Electromagnetism and Modern Physics

      B2 - Advanced Electives:

  • CIVL3210 Geotechnical Engineering
  • ENGG4103 Engineering Asset Management
  • ENGG4900 Professional Practice and the Business Environment
  • ERTH3203 Energy Resources
  • ERTH3301 Ore Body Modelling
  • MECH4480 Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • METR3100 Sensors & Actuators
  • MINE3108 Special Topics in Mining I
  • MINE3109 Special Topics in Mining II
  • MINE3126 Underground Mining Systems
  • MINE3127 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining
  • MINE3128 Surface Mining Systems
  • MINE4128 Coal Mine Strata Control
  • CIVL3210 Geotechnical Engineering
  • ENGG4103 Engineering Asset Management
  • MINE3109 Special Topics in Mining II
  • MINE3126 Underground Mining Systems
  • MINE3127 Socio-Environmental Aspects of Mining
  • MINE3128 Surface Mining Systems
  • MINE4128 Coal Mine Strata Control

      End notes:

  • [1] Students without at least a Sound Achievement in Senior Maths C are required to take MATH1050 as an elective before MATH1051
  • [2] CHEM1090 is not available for students with a Sound Achievement or higher in Senior Chemistry or equivalent.
  • [3] MATH1050 is not available for students with a High Achievement or higher in Senior Maths C. MATH1050 is not available to students who have passed MATH1051 and/or MATH1071 and/or MATH1052 and/or MATH1072.
  • [4] PHYS1171 is not available for students with a Sound Achievement or higher in Senior Physics or equivalent.

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How to Apply

Applications must be lodged via the Online Application Form.Domestic applications for admission to all undergraduate programs are made online through the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).If you are not a current Year 12 applicant, you will be asked to include details of any previous studies and any subsequent tertiary study (e.g. university or TAFE studies). If you believe your work experience is relevant to your application, please provide supporting documentation.

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