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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 10 years maximum.

UON program code: 10478

Study mining engineering at UON

Mining engineering is the design, supervision and management of coal, mineral and metal mines and their associated infrastructure. Modern mining engineers minimise damage to environments while balancing the optimum production and processing of the mined matter. A leading wealth producer for Australia and many parts of the world, mining refers to the extraction of valuable minerals or other geological materials from the earth, usually from an ore body, vein or coal seam.

You will gain a sound understanding of civil and mining engineering concepts in preparation for a career as a professional engineer. You will be equipped with the skills needed to design, construct and manage mining projects. The last two years of the degree are studied at either the University of New South Wales or the University of Wollongong.

Why study with us?

  • Engineering at UON is number one in NSW for good teaching, the overall education experience and student support.
  • Our graduates are job-ready. They rated us number 1 in NSW for the skills they enter the workplace with, and in 2015, 85% of our engineering graduates were employed within four months of graduating.
  • You can add a Master of Professional Engineering to your credentials with just one extra year of study.
Mining Engineering

What you will study

The mining engineering degree is comprised of two years’ study at UON. The remaining two years are undertaken at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) or the University of Wollongong (UOW).

You will complete the first two years of a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) at UON and study subjects in:

  • mathematics
  • structural and environmental mechanics
  • geomechanics
  • technology and human values
  • surveying
  • computer programming

In second year you may apply through the University Admission Centre (UAC) to complete your Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) at UNSW or UOW. Applications are subject to the normal admission requirements and offers are based on competitive assessment.

After transferring, your studies will include:

  • underground mining
  • surface mining
  • blasting
  • geology
  • mine ventilation
  • mine economics
  • mine planning
  • mine water
  • environmental impact
  • regulations and safety

You can also elect to transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil)  and receive full credit for courses you have already completed.

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Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

Additional documents

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85% Employed ? within four months of graduation
32 in the world ? for energy science and engineering
No. 1 in NSW ? for overall quality of education experience in engineering
$80,000 ? average starting salary for engineering graduates

Masters of Professional Engineering

To take your learning to the next level, our unique degree structure gives you the option of completing a fifth year of study to graduate with two degrees – your four-year Engineering (Honours) degree PLUS a Master of Professional Engineering. In your Masters year you’ll deepen your technical skills, pursue your personal interests through a major project and specialise or broaden your skills through four more elective courses.

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Career opportunities

The mining sector is dominated by large and often multinational companies. The industry is split into two sectors – one specialising in exploration for new resources, and the other in mining those resources. Careers pursued as a mining engineer track the development of a mine from discovery of a mineral resource through to design, commissioning operations and beyond, including:

  • open-cut or underground hard-rock mining
  • mine management
  • drilling
  • blasting
  • planning
  • environmental planning

Mining engineering is flexible and diverse. You may prefer hands-on fieldwork, design and development, or a leadership role managing people and projects. Typical positions include:

  • mining engineer
  • project engineer
  • underground mining engineer
  • strategic mine planning engineer
  • mining superintendent
  • development superintendent
  • process engineer

It’s common for engineers to take on senior leadership roles in innovative businesses. The CEOs of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Tesla Motors are all engineers. In fact, engineering is the most common degree among the highest performing Fortune 500 CEOs!

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

This degree is offered in conjunction with the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong and is accredited by Engineers Australia.

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Professional recognition through Engineers Australia qualifies you as a professional engineer. You can work in places such as:

  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • New Zealand
  • Russia
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

Practical work experience

Practical work experience

All engineering students must complete 12 weeks of industrial experience during their degree. This can be completed in one block or as shorter placements of no less than two weeks. Through your work placement you’ll build vital professional networks and put your learning into practice.

Group of Eight Australia, Engineering Associate.

Our position as one of the most highly ranked engineering faculties in Australia is recognised through our associate membership of the Group of Eight.

Global Engineering Education Exchange

One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.