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Mining Engineering

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) - BEng(Curtin) - MJRU-MINEN

Science and Engineering

Mining engineers plan and manage operations to exploit minerals from underground or open-pit mines, safely and efficiently. They design and direct mining operations and infrastructure including:
 

  • drilling
  • blasting
  • loading and hauling
  • tunnel creation and maintenance
  • access road planning and maintenance
  • water and power supplies.

Mining engineers may supervise other engineers, surveyors, geologists, scientists and technicians working on a mine site and may find employment in metropolitan or regional locations or in different countries.

What the course involves

In your first year you will completed the Engineering Foundation Year (EFY). The EFY builds a solid base of the fundamental concepts common to all areas of engineering. The EFY was developed in partnership with industry to create a curriculum that is reflective of engineering practice. After completing this common year you can select to major in mining engineering.

In this course, you will study engineering as well as basic science subjects. As you progress, increasing emphasis will be placed on mining science and technology, which involves the study of soil and rock mechanics, explosive and rock breakage, materials transport, mining methods, mine planning, project evaluation and the environment.

The first year of the four-year course is taught only at Bentley as an engineering foundation, while the second year of study is available at Bentley and Kalgoorlie.

The last two years are taught only in the mining centre of Kalgoorlie at Curtin's Western Australian School of Mines (WASM).

You will need to complete at least 12 weeks of engineering work experience during the summer breaks, in order to graduate from mining engineering.

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Mine manager
  • Consulting engineer
  • Mining company director

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Professional recognition

Graduates fulfill the stage 1 competences required by Engineers Australia as the pathway to chartered engineer status (CPEng), a benchmark in professional engineering. Graduates also fulfill the educational requirements for certification as a first class mine manager from the WA Department of Mines and Petroleum. The course is also recognised by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
 

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 80
STAT entry*: Not accepted
*What are Indicative TER (ATAR) and STAT Entry?

Indicative TER (ATAR)

This figure provides an indication of the TER (ATAR) normally required to enter this course. It is provided as a guide only.

STAT entry

The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Mature age entry:

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Essential WACE courses:

  • At least three of the following four: Mathematics 3C/3D, Mathematics: Specialist 3C/3D, Physics 3A/3B and Chemistry 3A/3B
  • At least English 2A/2B, Literature 2A/2B or English as an Additional Language/Dialect 2A/2B

Desirable WACE courses:

Engineering Studies 3A/3B

Where:

Bentley or Kalgoorlie
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time or part-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees (indicative first year only):

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.
The requirements of this course may attract additional costs. For more information visit other fees and charges.

 

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2014 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 9
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
WAUFP (CPS) 59
India 77%
Sri Lanka 10

Minimum academic entry requirements


Where:

Bentley or Kalgoorlie
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2014:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

2015 entry requirements:

Minimum English language entry requirements:

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Cut-off scores

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 9
HKDSE 19
IB 28
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 70
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 80
WAUFP (CPS) 59
India 0.76
Sri Lanka 10

Minimum academic entry requirements


Course prerequisites

Mathematics (including calculus), physics and chemistry.

Where:

Bentley or Kalgoorlie
This course may not be offered at all locations every year. Please contact us for more information on availability.

When:

February or July

How:

Full-time

Study:

On-campus

Duration:

4 years full-time

Fees for 2015:

Unfortunately fee information is not available for this course at this time. Please check out our Fee Calculator for an estimation of course fees.

Other notes:

Some courses are offered on a trimester basis or commence mid-year. Course majors and streams may vary across campuses. Contact the University for the most up-to-date information.


This page was last updated on 25 August 2014

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