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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, and water and power supplies.

Mine engineers may supervise other engineers, surveyors, geologists, scientists and technicians working on a mine site. Working in metropolitan or regional locations around the world, mining engineers can have adventurous careers.

What the course involves 

In this major, you will study engineering as well as basic science subjects. As you progress, 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.

After your Engineering Foundation Year at Bentley, you can go directly to Curtin’s Western Australian School of Mines (WASM) in Kalgoorlie, or study for a second year with WASM in Perth before completing your third and final years in Kalgoorlie. Studying in Kalgoorlie will provide you with meaningful exposure to the mining industry.

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

As part of a double degree program, you can study Bachelor of Engineering (Mining Engineering) with Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting, Economics, Finance or Management).

Career opportunities

This course can help you become a:

  • Mining Engineer
  • Miner
  • 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.
 

Full Course Structure

Please refer to the Handbook's full course structure when enrolling.

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Entry requirements:

Indicative TER (ATAR)*: 80
STAT entry*: Not accepted. May be used to demonstrate English competence
*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):

Year Student type Cost
2015 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
$8,780*

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

 

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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/Pakistan 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:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $16,300
Indicative year 1 fee $32,300
Total indicative course fee $144,100
Indicative essential incidental course fee $120

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.

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.

2016 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) 5
HKDSE 15
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
WAUFP (CPS) 53
India/Pakistan 65%
Sri Lanka 6

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 2016:

International onshore - fee paying
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $17,100
Indicative year 1 fee $33,800
Total indicative course fee $150,800
Indicative essential incidental course fee $120

*The indicative fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. For information about fees at other locations please visit Curtin International's offshore site.


This page was last updated on 06 August 2015

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