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Mineral Resource Engineering Program

Shape the basis of modern industrial society

Mineral resource engineers develop economically and environmentally responsible ways of extracting and processing minerals from the Earth. Mineral resource engineers evaluate the economics of mineral deposits; develop plans for surface mines, roadways and tunnels; design underground mine plants and ventilation systems; ensure mine safety and environmental protection; and develop innovative mine technology.

Your first two years of study

All first-year students will complete the core engineering program and you will apply to the Mineral Resource Engineering discipline in your second year.


Co-op and non co-op options

You may choose to complete the five-year co-op program or the four-year non co-op program.

Co-op students take the same academic program as the non co-op program; however, our co-op option gives you an opportunity to complement your studies with three paid work terms.

Learn more about each option:

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Mineral Resource - Co-op Program (5 years)

Gain invaluable real-world experience and pay for your studies at the same time.

Our Bachelor of Engineering Co-operative Education program integrates academic study with university-approved industrial experience. Graduation from this program requires satisfactory performance in both areas.

As a co-op student, you will complement your studies with three paid work terms. Work terms begin in your third year and typically last four months.

Co-op program schedule

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Free
2 Study Term 3
Study Term 4
Free
3 Study Term 5 Study Term 6 Work Term 1
4 Work Term 2 Free    Work Term 3
5 Study Term 7 Study Term 8  

Program curriculum

Years 1 and 2 follow the core Engineering program. See the For Current Students section to view the full program curriculum.

How to apply for co-op

You must be a current Dalhousie student to apply for co-op. Visit the For Current Students section for information on applying to co-op.

Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Mineral Resource Engineering - Non Co-op Program (4 years)

Non co-op students take the same academic program as the co-op students; however the program can be done in a total of four years.

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Study Term 1 Study Term 2
Free
2 Study Term 3
Study Term 4
Free
3 Study Term 5
Study Term 6
Free
4 Study Term 7
Study Term 8
 

Program curriculum

The curriculum is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamental principles of Mineral Resource Engineering through lecture, tutorial, and laboratory activities. Visit the For Current Students section to view the full program curriculum.


Associated University program

Students who have completed the degree requirements for a Diploma of Engineering or a Certificate of Applied Science through the Associated University program are admissible to the Upper Division in the Faculty of Engineering.

What can I do with a degree in Mineral Resource Engineering?

Dalhousie mineral resource engineering graduates have pursued successful careers within the Atlantic region, throughout all regions in Canada and North America, and overseas, including with employers from the following areas:

  • Mining
  • Petroleum
  • Government
  • Government and industry research facilities
  • Consulting companies
  • Financial institutions

Many of our graduates quickly advance to senior management and company executive roles. Some graduates have pursued advanced degrees both at Dalhousie and at other universities, which prepares them for careers in research, consulting and specialized project management.