Missouri University of Science and Technology
Mining engineers supervise the mining process from start to finish. They examine all of the phases of mineral recovers, including exploration, processing, and marketing of minerals. Mining engineers might work in construction or demolition, precious metals, or even the explosives industry.
The mining engineering profession deals with location, extraction, and use of mineral resources and mineral policy. Lunar and ocean mining constitute new frontiers. A mining engineer relies upon geologic knowledge and highly sensitive instruments for the location and evaluation of mineral deposits. Mining must be carried out efficiently, safely, and economically, with the welfare of the public as a primary consideration. Land must be restored to a useful condition after mining ceases and pollution controls must be designed to prevent harmful environmental effects.
S&T's Explosives Engineering program
Missouri S&T offers the nation's first (and one of the only) undergraduate Explosives Engineering minor. Many students consider a minor in explosives as a way to gain expertise in this exciting specialty area. Realizing the potential for jobs in explosives engineering in today’s society, the goal of the program is to allow students interested in explosives engineering a chance to attain in-depth knowledge and experience in the safe use of explosives.
S&T also runs the best explosives camp in the country for pre-college students, with camps running safely and successfully since 2005.
Careers in Mining Engineering
As a mining engineer, you can work anywhere in the world where a mineral deposit can be found. You might work for a large mining company, or a smaller aggregate producer. You might specialize in surface and underground mining, heavy mining machinery, explosives engineering, mine health and safety, oil sands recovery, waterjet excavation, mineral economics, mine operations and design, mine atmospheric control and ventilation, minerals transportation, rock mechanics, or applied geophysics.
Missouri S&T's Mining Engineering program has been ABET accredited since 1936.
S&T operates an Experimental Mine near campus for students to safely gain hands-on experience.
Mining engineers enjoy a strong job market. .
Average starting salary for S&T mining engineering grads: $65,783.
The US uses over 6 billion pounds of explosives annually in mining, tunneling, and construction.
S&T's Explosives Engineering summer camp can help you explore the profession.