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Being a mining engineer is about a lot more than rocks,

minerals, and hard hats. The opportunities are vast and
varied. Mining Engineering includes everything to do with
the extraction of valuable mineral resources from the
Earth. It is a multidisciplinary career that incorporates
mechanical, environmental, chemical, civil and geological
engineering principles within a sustainable economic and
social framework.

“We aim to be a leader in a new era where mining assumes a more responsive and responsible
role in the world, helping to address the pressing need for social equity and sustainability.”
-- Malcolm Scoble, Professor
• investigating and evaluating mineral • managing the design, construction • bring high Canadian safety standards
deposits to determine whether they can and operation of mining and mineral for mining to all corners of the world.
be mined profitably. processing facilities. • promote environmental sustainability
• employing computer-aided design pack- • developing long term plans for mine through long term closure planning.
ages to design adits, tunnels, shafts, pits closure. • foster corporate responsibility.
and haulage roads for underground and • designing mines to contribute to sustain- • cultivate sustainable industry in develop-
surface mines. able development. ing nations.
• planning the logistics of mine develop- • managing environmental impacts at all • provide high-paying career opportunities
ment and the methods that will be used stages of a mine’s operation. in areas where jobs are scarce.
to extract minerals. • developing novel mineral processing • provide education, training and contract-
• analyzing and selecting equipment for technologies and processes. ing opportunities in communities where
mining and mineral processing. mines are being developed.

Professional challenge ...

Ours is a challenging, exciting and rewarding profession with diverse career opportunities.
NBK Institute

Mining Engineering

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tend to attract

the highest salaries

of all engineering

Mining is one of the fastest growing industries The sector will face significant challenges Growth and development continues to
in Canada and is also one of the highest pay- in the near future in finding qualified people create a high demand for base metals,
ing industrial sectors nationwide according to to fill vacant positions. According to the precious metals, uranium and potash.
a 2011 report by the Mining Association of Mining Industry Human Resources Council’s This demand is expected to last for
British Columbia. Canadian Mining Industry Employment and decades.
In 2010, the Mining Association of Canada Hiring Forecasts 2011 Report, the industry
reported that Canada is the top producer of will have to hire 112  000 new workers by the
potash and uranium and a major producer of end of 2021 to satisfy replacement needs
aluminum, molybdenum, nickel, zinc, copper, and fill new positions. This number could
diamonds, oil, gold, iron and coal. increase to 141 500 if commodity prices
perform better than expected.

112 000 new workers by the end of 2021.

The University of British Columbia is consistently Emphasis is on providing students with the
listed in the top 40 global universities. It is a comprehensive knowledge and hands-on skills
diversified comprehensive university with over to succeed in the industry. Students have
50 000 students. opportunities for industry employment and
participation in research activity at work-
UBC’s Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining
ing mines. This approach helps our students
Engineering (NBK Institute) is one of North Ameri-
develop practical skills and gain exposure to
ca’s largest and most advanced centres for mining
valuable industry experience.
engineering education and research.
Mining at UBC offers a broad professional degree
program, integrating courses on engineering
principles, earth and mineral sciences, mining and
mineral processing case studies, health, safety and
environmental issues, social sciences and manage-
ment, as well as economics and business.
Emphasis is
on providing Our faculty members are active within The NBK Institute offers the following
the industry through research, consulting educational programs:
students with activities and involvement in professional • Undergraduate Mining Engineering Degree
comprehensive • Graduate Degrees:
Around the world, wherever mines or
Master of Engineering Degree
mineral prospects are located, UBC alumni
knowledge and Master of Applied Science Degree
are working with mining and exploration
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
companies, and government agencies.
hands-on skills • Certificate in Mining Studies.
End result:  An innovative, industry-
to succeed responsive and internationally recognized
program of the highest caliber.
in the industry.
Graduates will be technology smart, innovative and responsible leaders.

The NBK Institute is committed to creating All UBC Engineering students complete Third year coursework provides opportu-
an environment that generates highly a common, foundation year consisting of nities for students to develop an in-depth
qualified people who have practical training courses in general engineering, math, understanding of rock mechanics, rock
and experience using new technology and chemistry and physics. fragmentation, surface and underground
innovative mining practices. In second year, mining students are in- mine design, physical mineral processes,
troduced to key principles in Mining and flotation, mineral deposit modeling and
Mineral Processing in addition to other engineering economics.
core engineering principles from other

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In the final year of the program, students Every year, graduating students in the
complete coursework in ventilation, mine Mining Engineering Undergraduate
management, industrial automation and Program undertake an international
robotics, waste management, mining and field trip to learn about the industry in
environment, as well as mine and plant a different part of the world. Past trip
feasibility study. destinations have included Australia,
Electives include mining, processing or Brazil, Chile, China, Nevada, Poland,
maintenance engineering options. Portugal, Spain, and Turkey.

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Know your options ... drive and motivation are key.
Men and women from all around the world and from diverse backgrounds.

Graduate studies at UBC are intellectually The NBK Institute offers an innovative Master of
challenging, global in scope, interactive in Engineering Program in Mining Engineering,
process and interdisciplinary in content. providing a world-class professional develop-
Graduate students, men and women from ment program akin to an MBA. It is designed for
all around the world and from diverse back- professionals and engineering graduates eager to
grounds, work and study in small groups, upgrade skills to build a strong foundation for a
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class facilities. industry.
Why select this option? Schedule: Specializations include:
• Learn state-of-the-art mining technology, Typically students complete a one • Mining
theory and practice in one of the world’s month orientation, two academic terms • Mineral Processing
leading mining departments. of coursework (eight-months), two • Mine Environment and Sustainability
• Study with classmates from across co-op paid work terms (eight-months), • Mine Economics and Finance.
Canada and around the world. and a final academic term (four-months)
• Be immersed in a North American during which they complete their
educational and industrial culture. engineering project. The program
• Gain paid work experience with a wide typically takes 21-months to complete.
range of companies in the mining sector.
• Capped class size ensures an intimate
and interactive learning environment.
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Providing a world-class professional development program.


These degrees are research-oriented and Each student needs to secure the support
intended for students wishing to become of a faculty member to advise him/her
involved in advancing either the “state- during their studies.
of-the-art” or the “state-of-practice” in a A written thesis describing his/her original
wide range of mining, processing, environ- research is required. Upon completion,
mental and social sciences. M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. candidates perform an
Both degrees allow a student to engage in oral defence of their thesis.
the innovative and dynamic research areas
shaping the industry today.

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Why select this option? Schedule:
• Explore problems related to mining and Typically M.A.Sc. students complete their See “Research Focus” for a list of the
mineral processing technology, social degree in 2 years. The degree requires NBK Institute’s diverse research
aspects of mining or sustainability. 30 credits consisting of 18 credits of strengths.
• Participate in research activity at course work and a 12-credit thesis.
working mines. The Ph.D. degree is usually completed
• Funded (paid) or self-funded investigations. in 4 years. All doctoral students are
• Program supervision from enthusiastic required to successfully complete a
leading faculty members with ongoing comprehensive examination. The major
research and strong ties to industry. requirement is the completion of a
• A collegial learning community. research thesis which meets the Faculty
• State-of-the-art mining lab facilities. of Graduate Studies requirements.
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Global values ... we traverse the globe in the service of industry and society.
RESEARCH FOCUS: Sustaining Balance … Make a Difference!
The NBK Institute is a global leader in multi- • Corporate Social Responsibility
disciplinary research in such areas as mining • Energy Efficient Comminution Technologies
and sustainability, mining and communities, • First Nations Engagement
and mining and aboriginal engagement. This • Integrated Mining and Processing Systems
fosters the development of effective and ethi-
• Maintenance Engineering
cal leadership, teamwork, networking and
• Mine Project Financing and Valuation
interpersonal skills that are the hallmark of
• Mine Waste Management
a global mining professional.
• Mineral Beneficiation
Our research strengths include:
• Mining and Communities
• Automation and Virtual Intelligence • Mining and the Environment
• Carbon Sequestration • Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering
• Coal Processing • Surface Chemistry and Flotation
• Underground Bulk Mining.

through research
Faculty experts conduct research to Our research initiatives include:
promote industry advances as well as • Centre of Environmental Research in Minerals,
is a collaborative
to teach and support graduate students. Metals and Materials (CERM3)
Funding for research comes from two • Centre for Industrial Minerals’ Innovations (CIMI) effort with results
main sources: • Chair in Mining and the Environment
• industry • Chair in Mining Sustainability that benefit the
• government. • Global Mercury Project
• Mining Geomechanics Group mining industry
• Sustainability Working Group
• Canadian Business Ethics Research Network. in this generation

and the next.

Integrate academic studies with industry work experience.


The Co-operative Education Program formally Co-op programs alternate classroom and
integrates academic studies with industry work site experiences according to set
work experience. Benefits of participating in schedules of four to eight month work terms.
the Co-op program are: Students have the option of participating in
• engaging, applicable work, rather than the Co-op program through the:
observation. • B.A.Sc. Program
• work experience that complements the
• M.Eng. Program.
learning environment.
• competitive remuneration.

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• supervision and evaluation provided by
both the Co-op office and the industry
The CMS is designed to meet the requirements of the global mining community.


The Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) is The CMS is also designed to the require- Qualifying courses are available in six mining
a continuing education program of accred- ments of the global mining community. streams:
ited short courses, webcasts and online It minimizes the need for travel and time • Exploration - Geology - Reserves
courses for lifelong learning in mining. It away from the job and allows the student • Geotechnics - Rock Mechanics - Hydrology
is designed for those seeking professional flexibility to complete the program at his/ • Environment - Social Issues - Health + Safety
development, career advancement, cross her own pace. • Mining Methods - Mine Planning
training in different disciplines, or just an Students can structure their own CMS • Management - Risk - Financial
introduction to mining. program from a range of courses to suit • Mineralogy - Mineral Processing.
their career objectives.

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UBC Mining Engineers are in great demand People are attracted to this industry
in the global job market. They work in the because of:
field, as well as in research, management • travel - work anywhere in the world
and consulting. All over the world, UBC • careers that range from pure teaching
mining engineers are employed by: and research to senior management
• mining companies extracting metals • financial rewards - high salaries
industrial minerals, coal and oil • opportunities for critical thinking and
• mineral exploration companies problem solving
• engineering design, contracting • opportunities for life-long learning and
and consulting companies continuing career advancement
• provincial or federal governments • high demand
• banks, financial and legal corporations • access to state of the art technologies.
UBC prepares students to be Global Citizens • equipment manufacturers and suppliers.
The Mining Program at UBC prepares
who are adaptable and able to apply their techni-
cal knowledge to a variety of changing situations.

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