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Mining Engineering Technology

Diploma

Program Overview

Mining is one of the fastest growing sectors in Saskatchewan. In the next 10 years, estimates predict over 15,000 new workers will be needed in the industry—including mining engineering technologists.

Mining engineering technologists work in hard and soft rock mining operations here in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. It’s a well-paying career that can involve surveying, ventilation, ground control, mine planning or supervision. You need to be a team player, good at problem solving, comfortable working with new technology and committed to workplace safety.

Mining Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. In the classroom and in the lab, you’ll learn to apply scientific principles to basic mining engineering situations.

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in:

  • basic geology, geophysics, electricity and instrumentation
  • computer applications in mining
  • fluid mechanics
  • ground control
  • mine hydrology and environmental concerns
  • mine ventilation
  • ore processing and transportation
  • project management
  • safety
  • soil, concrete and shotcrete testing
  • surveying and drafting

Hands-on learning involves everything from computer simulations, to geology and surveying labs, to mechanical and materials testing labs. Second year projects will help you build skills in mine design, blasting and ventilation. You’ll also carry out an applied research project. This emphasis on learning by doing ensures you’re ready to work from day one after graduation.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Mining engineering technologists are prepared to work in both surface and underground mining operations. Saskatchewan mining companies are eager to recruit graduates. You could also work for a testing lab, an engineering consulting firm or a mine equipment company. As you build experience, you could advance into design work, supervision and project management.

For more information about career opportunities related to this program, contact Student Employment Services at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Mining Engineering TechnologistGeological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians (2212)$37,500 - $87,100
Mining Survey TechnologistGeological and Mineral Technologists and Technicians (2212)$37,500 - $87,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): August

Length: 68 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

 

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum combined average of 60% in Math A30, B30 and C30

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 85 Arithmetic
  • 40 College Level Math
  • 80 Elementary Algebra
  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

Year 1 - $7,100
Year 2 - $7,900

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Courses

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Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
DRFT 105
Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
4
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You will receive an introduction to the techniques and standards required to communicate graphically. The course content includes a Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) user interface, view control, 2D geometric construction and drawing aids, layers, blocks, text, paper space, model space and plotting.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): DRFT 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
MATH 182
Mathematics
4
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You will review trigonometry, algebraic, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric functions and their graphs, and trigonometric identities. You will also receive an introduction to differential calculus involving algebraic functions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): MAT 122, MAT 226
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
MINE 106
Mine Safety
3
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You will develop an understanding of common safety systems as well as emergency procedures. Based on Saskatchewan Mine Regulations, your studies will focus on mine safety topics including personal protective equipment and mine safety cultures.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 110
Computer Applications in Mining
3
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You will build on your computer skills by operating standard software used in the mining industry. You will apply spreadsheet functions and achieve a basic understanding of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SEM 101
Technology Seminars
1
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Your orientation will include discussions regarding the role of technicians/technologists in the workplace and society. You will study time management skills, diversity in the workplace, principles of sustainability and safety requirements.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Equivalent Course(s): ENGM 181, ETHC 183, ORTN 120, SEM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
SRVY 120
Surveying 1
4
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You will receive an introduction to the basics of surveying. The course content includes horizontal measurements, levelling, angle and direction measurement, computations, traverses and drafting plans.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): SRVY 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
TCOM 102
Workplace Communication
3
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You will examine the employability skills required in the workplace. You will discuss the communication process, and practice effective interpersonal communication techniques and conflict resolution. You will use workplace writing and job search skills.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 191, JOBS 190, JOBS 288, JOBS 290, TCOM 102CE, TCOM 120, TCOM 140, TMGT 180
Potential Learning Method(s): Learn Linc, Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
TERR 103
Terrain Evaluation
5
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The course provides an introduction to physical geology beginning with the study of the origin, composition and characteristics of the major minerals and rock classifications. You will also study geologic processes and the landforms and geologic structures created by these processes. This class will provide you with an opportunity to study map reading and air photo interpretation.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CALC 100
Integral Calculus
4
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Building on the knowledge you acquired in MATH 182 (Technical Mathematics and Differential Calculus), you will study the differentiation and integration of algebraic and transcendental functions, and applications of these concepts to max/min problems, related rates, root solutions, areas, centroids and moments of inertia.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 182
Equivalent Course(s): CALC 181
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning
ENGM 100
Applied Mechanics
3
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You will learn the basic principles of statics. You will apply statics principles to solve various scenarios.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 182
Equivalent Course(s): PHYS 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning
GEOL 101
Introduction to Mineralogy and Ore Deposits
3
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You will be able to examine physical and optical properties of minerals and rocks of which the solid Earth is composed, the processes that generate Earth's landforms, geologic time, and surface processes (e.g., glaciers, streams, groundwater). You will be able to explain the processes of ORE deposits and develop a basic understanding of core logging.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 107
Mining Concepts
3
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You will become familiar with mining terminology, the mining cycle and mining history. When you complete the course, you will be able to describe different types of underground and surface mining techniques as well as basic mining equipment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 106
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 108
Ore Transportation and Processing
3
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You will study methods of material handling and transportation including trucking, conveyors, hydraulic methods and hoisting. Your studies will include basic mineral processing concepts.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 109
Soils and Concrete
4
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You will evaluate soil properties and discuss methods of ground improvement. You will discuss and practice methods of quality control in aggregate, concrete, grout and shotcrete.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): TERR 121
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SRVY 123
Surveying 2
4
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Building on the skills developed in SRVY 120 (Surveying 1), you will focus on topographic surveys using Total Stations with data collection. You will be introduced to survey drawings and maps, contours, profiles and cross sections. You will complete calculations for construction surveys. You will be introduced to survey control using local grids, Universal Transverse Mercater (UTM) coordinate system and the Dominion Land Survey System.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 182, SRVY 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TCOM 103
Technical Communication
3
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You will use research skills to find technical information and cite it correctly. You will conduct effective meetings and produce supporting documents. As well, you will discuss technical report purposes and formats, write short technical reports and present technical information.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 102
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 181, COMM 190, TCOM 103CE, TCOM 106, TCOM 123, TCOM 141, TCOM 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning

Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
CAMP 105
Survey Camp
5
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Using the knowledge gained in previous surveying and computer aided drafting software courses, you will participate in surveying exercises and perform three projects in the field. In the first project, you will document, design and lay out a section of roadway including a horizontal curve. In the second project you will collect closed traverse data and produce the drawing. In the third project, you will use the data collected using Global Positioning System (GPS) survey equipment in the field to produce a topographic map.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 75.0
Prerequisites(s): MATH 182, SRVY 123
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab

Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
FMEC 200
Fluid Mechanics
4
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You will gain expertise in assessing and utilizing fluid properties such as temperature, pressure, density and viscosity in evaluating the behaviour of flowing and non-flowing fluids. The forces exerted on bodies and surfaces due to non-flowing fluids (fluid statics) and the characteristics of fluids in motion along with any resulting energy changes (fluid dynamics) will be examined. You will develop competency in analyzing simple pipe networks, classification and selection of associated mechanical equipment (pumps, blowers, etc.), and the principles of fluid flow measurement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Corequisites(s): FMEC 201
Equivalent Course(s): FMEC 288
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
FMEC 201
Fluid Mechanics Lab
1
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Your knowledge of the basic fundamentals of fluid mechanics will be enhanced through lab work. You will experience the fundamentals of fluid mechanics and fluids under static or dynamic conditions in closed conduits and open channels in a lab setting. You will develop competence analyzing fluid mechanics problems using lab results and derive equations or prove the existing equations.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GRND 200
Introduction to Rock Mechanics and Ground Control
3
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You will collect geotechnical data for rock mass and classification systems. You will study methods of ground control and support. Using computer software, you will analyze stability concerns and joint set data.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GRND 202
Introduction to Rock Mechanics and Ground Control Lab
1
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You will be introduced to procedures useful in rock mechanics design and utilize lab samples to conduct compressive strength on different type of samples.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 201
Mining Methods
4
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This course introduces you to underground and surface mining methods. You will learn about a number of topics including mining method selection; design and operation; method specific equipment and infrastructure as well pit/stope progressive reclamation strategies. You will also discover the factors governing decision to pursue surface versus underground mining including geologic variables.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 107
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 202
Mining Hydrology and Environmental Management
3
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You will be introduced to how water impacts mining operations; specifically, water treatment and water management. Your studies will include environmental issues pertaining to waste and tailings management as well as reclamation processes.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Corequisites(s): FMEC 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 203
Blasting
3
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You will study blasting safety, techniques, materials and related environmental issues. You will design blasting layouts for various underground and open pit mines.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 107
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MVNT 200
Mine Ventilation
4
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You will learn the basic theory and concepts of mine ventilation, mine environment and ventilation controls. You will apply ventilation formulas given specific factors. Your studies will include how to deal with confined space safety considerations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): MINE 107
Corequisites(s): FMEC 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PROJ 287
Project Management
2
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You will be introduced to project management. You will examine the basic theory of project planning and control, from project initiation to project close out. You will apply research techniques and various tools to practice project management theory in a variety of projects. You will practice skills using project management software.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 222
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Prior Learning

Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ELEC 279
Basic Electricity
4
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The course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of DC and AC measurement and circuitry (including Ohms Law, power and series and parallel circuits). A laboratory program is an integral part of this course.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): ELEC 190
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GEOL 200
Geophysical Data Collection and Analysis
3
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You will be introduced to basic geophysics theory, data collections and basic data analysis. Your studies will include comparing various geophysical techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): ENGM 100, GEOL 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
GRND 201
Ground Control Design
3
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You will apply skills and knowledge developed in GRND 200 to mine design, using factor of safety, stability charts and other methods. You will examine mine operations and ground support systems.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRND 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 204
Mine Design and Planning
4
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You will apply your knowledge of mining methods to design mine plans. Using computer software, you will develop and evaluate layouts for various mining methods. You will consider how economics and scheduling impacts your mining plan.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): GRND 200, MINE 201
Corequisites(s): GRND 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MINE 205
3D Drafting and Underground Software
3
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You will apply skills, acquired in drafting and surveying courses, to input data into AutoCAD and other 3D mining software packages. You will construct and manipulate simple geological models.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DRFT 105, MINE 110
Corequisites(s):
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
MVNT 201
Mine Ventilation Planning and Design
3
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You will apply the theories and concepts of mine ventilation, mine environment and ventilation controls to mine ventilation problem solving and design. You will apply mine ventilation simulation software to find mine ventilation solutions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FMEC 200, MVNT 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
PROJ 297
Project
3
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Based on your knowledge, you will learn how to select and define a technical project. Your practice will include finding design solutions for a problem and then preparing and presenting your technical solutions to the mining client.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): GRND 200, MINE 109, MINE 110, MINE 201, MINE 203, MVNT 200, PROJ 287
Corequisites(s): GRND 201, MINE 204, MVNT 201, SRVY 206, TCOM 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
SRVY 206
Underground Surveying
4
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You will apply the concepts of coordinate systems in underground mine. You will learn fundamentals of underground surveying skills with the use of latest survey equipment.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): CAMP 105, SRVY 123
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab
TCOM 104
Applied Research in Technology
2
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You will develop a technical proposal and apply advanced research skills to a technical problem. You will use the technical problem-solving process in an applied research project and present your research findings in a written report and oral presentation.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): TCOM 103 or ENGL 101
Equivalent Course(s): COMM 115, COMM 182, COMM 290, TCOM 239
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning

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Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC)

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