Engineering (Mining Transfer Program)

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The Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Transfer Program) introduces students to the design, supervision, and management of open-cut and underground coal, mineral and metal mines and their associated  infrastructure. Mining is still one of Australia's leading wealth producers and mining engineers are needed  not just in Australia but in many other parts of the world. Students receive a sound understanding of fundamental civil and mining engineering concepts in preparation for a career as a professional engineer. This program develops the skills needed to design, construct and manage mining projects and the associated infrastructure.

Graduates of this program are highly sought after for their skills in underground mining, surface mining, blasting, geology, mine ventilation, mine economics, mine planning, mine water, environmental impact and regulations and safety. Students also cover the fundamental Civil Engineering concepts of mathematics and physics as well as structural and environmental mechanics, geomechanics, technology and human values, surveying, and computer programming before transerring into the specialised mining pathway.

Professional Accreditation

This program is accredited by Engineers Australia, and other affiliated international organisations.

Note: Mathematics is an essential element of this degree and it is highly recommended that students have an awareness of maths at either the Band 5 or HSC Extension 1 level. An awareness of the sciences is also highly valued.

Industry Experience

This degree has a compulsory 12 week industrial experience element which is necessary for graduation.

For more information about Environmental Engineering, visit the School of Engineering site.

Further Study Options

Sample Jobs

Sample Job Titles

Mining engineers design, supervise, and manage open cut and underground coal, mineral and metal mines and their associated infrastructure. Mining is still one of Australia's leading wealth producers and mining engineers are needed not just in Australia but in many other parts of the world. The following is a list of specific position titles that graduates may find within this field. Access to these positions may depend on the amount, level, and focus of study and/or work experience undertaken.   

Note: Structural engineers, architects, and construction managers may end up working in the same industry, but their disciplines are very different. Architects are responsible for the creative, conceptual design of a structure, while the engineer concentrates on the technical engineering (mathematical) solutions for structures and their maintenance. Construction managers work with both architects and engineers to ensure that structures are built to budget in a safe and timely manner.

Getting the Edge

Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.

  1. Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
  2. Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
  3. Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
  4. Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
  5. Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
  6. Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
  7. Consider volunteering.

Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.


Sample Employers

Mining engineering employment opportunities are heavily prevalent in mining companies extracting minerals, petroleum and natural gas. Recent trends have shown a growth rate of 46.4% in the past five years in this profession with the rate set to continue in the next five years. Below are some examples of major organisations who recruit Civil Engineering graduates.

Recruitment Timing

Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.

Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .

Societies and Associations

Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.

Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.

Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.

Job Search Sites

Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:

Australian and International

  • CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.


  • CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
  • MyCareer: Australian and international listings
  • Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
  • The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs


Graduate Attributes and Employability

Graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Transfer Program) are the necessary skills, abilities and knowledge required to become a professional engineer. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree. ï»¿

Graduate Attributes

  • A sound knowledge of engineering fundamentals and the sciences which underpin them.
  • An in-depth technical competence in at least one of the engineering specialisations.
  • The necessary skills to apply technologies and resources in engineering problem solving.
  • An appreciation of the broad range of issues which impact on the Engineering domain as a component of our society.
  • An ability to undertake problem identification, formulation and solution.
  • An understanding of social, cultural, global and environmental responsibilities and the need to employ principles of sustainable development.
  • An ability to utilise a systems approach to complex problems and to design and operation performance.
  • A proficiency in Engineering Design.
  • An ability to conduct an engineering project.
  • An understanding of the business environment and the ability to employ business principles within engineering projects.
  • An ability to communicate effectively, with the engineering team and with the community at large.
  • An ability to manage information and documentation.
  • A capacity for creativity and innovation.
  • Understanding of professional and ethic responsibilities and a commitment to them.
  • An ability to function effectively as an individual and in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, as a team leader or manager as well as an effective team member.
  • A capacity for lifelong learning and professional development.
  • The ability to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes of a professional engineer.

You will recognise these attributes in the selection criteria listed in the following job ads.

Sample Job Ads & Tips

Job ads provide useful information about the job and the required skills, experience and qualifications. Information like this is useful in career planning. Below is a small sample of job ads with tips on planning and job applications; explore further to gather more useful information for your planning.

Please note: the job ads listed on this page are not current and were sourced from a variety of websites in 2010.