Top Choice for Career-Oriented Mining Engineering Students
A BS in mining engineering from the University of Arizona is your ticket into a competitive, high-paying global industry and your chance to help ensure sustainable development of mineral resources.
Mining engineers work worldwide on all phases of mining. They are involved in mineral exploration and discovery, mine design, construction, production and operations, mineral extraction and processing, and land restoration.
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Undergraduate tracks span mine operations, geomechanics, sustainable resource development and mineral processing. The curriculum is well integrated with overlapping disciplines – environmental engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, geological engineering, electrical engineering, public health, information systems, system administration and resource economics.
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Outside the Classroom
MGE activities outside the classroom reinforce the department’s family atmosphere, foster camaraderie and prepare students for successful careers. Students get invaluable hands-on experience in the University’s San Xavier Underground Mining Lab. And the department encourages all students to complete at least one paid industry internship, do a senior design project and participate in club activities – such as Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration competitions, professional development and outreach.
Starting salaries for graduates of the mining engineering program are among the highest of UA alumni. MGE graduates are working at places like Caterpillar, Freeport-McMoRan, Geovic Mining Corp., Barrick, Arizona Mining, Newmont Mining and the Peace Corps.
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Students in the Spotlight
Mining Challenges and Success
MGE Students Earn First Place In Mine Design CompetitionThe University of Arizona’s mine design teams have been consistently ranking in the top three for the past several years. We have a tight-knit group of undergraduate students who are passionate about everything they do. - Moe Momayez, Interim Department Head and David and Edith Lowell Chair in Mining and Geological Engineering
Christopher Deuel was on a team of six students that took second place in a 2018 international student design competition. Eighteen teams developed mine plans for the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration/National Sand, Stone and Gravel Association event.One of the things about any industry is you’re not always going to have help. You’re going to have to rely on what knowledge you have, what experience you have and your ability to research to produce a plan.
Business of Mining
Alyssa Hom interned with global mining consultant Behre Dolbear and Arizona-based Sundt Construction before graduating in 2016. Now she’s a project engineer at McCarthy Building Companies.My UA classes provided a general understanding of the U.S. mining industry, but it wasn’t until I completed my internship that I understood the financial aspects of global mining.