Mining Engineers design, construct, and manage surface mines, underground mines, and quarries. The Montana State School of Mines was established in 1895 and opened in 1900. In 1900, Butte was the premier mining camp in the US and Tech's mining program focused on hardrock underground mining. Today, however, we train mining engineers in all aspects of mining.
Our objective is to provide a quality education that blends theory and practice to produce a mining engineer who can enter and pursue a successful career in the field of Mining Engineering and is prepared to meet the vigorous demands of natural resource development throughout the world. In addition to a comprehensive engineering background, the program provides training in the mechanics of geologic materials, blasting, materials handling, mine valuation, ventilation, environmental considerations, and the design and operation of surface and underground mines.
Tech is the place where theory meets practice.
Mining Engineering Program Objectives
The Mining Engineering department prepares students for careers in the global mining industry. Graduates are successful in surface and underground mining of all aspects of the industry including metal, non-metal, coal, aggregates, and other industrial materials.
Program Educational Objectives
Mining Engineering graduates are expected within three-to-five years after graduation to:
- Build on their undergraduate education through personal career development through continuing education, advanced degree graduation (both engineering and management focused), professional registration (P.E. or P.Eng.), or other advanced recognition (e.g. as a qualified person).