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Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 12 years maximum.
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.
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:
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:
You can also elect to transfer to the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Civil) and receive full credit for courses you have already completed.
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:
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:
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!
This degree is offered in conjunction with the University of New South Wales and the University of Wollongong and is accredited by Engineers Australia.
Your practical experience will be in the final two years of study, and those two years will be at your chosen transfer university. Through your work placement you’ll build important professional networks and put your learning into practice.
One of only three Australian member institutions of the Global Engineering Education Exchange Program.