Mineral Resources

Dalhousie Mineral Resources Engineering students develop economically and environmentally responsible ways of extracting and processing minerals from the Earth. Dalhousie Mineral Resources Engineering provides students with the skills to 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.

Student skills

  • Drafting and surveying
  • Mine modelling, planning and development
  • Petroleum drilling and reservoir engineering
  • Land reclamation
  • Ventilation and environmental control
  • Equipment operation
  • Excavation systems
  • Mineral economics

Industries

  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Metallurgy
  • Prospecting

Past roles

  • Mine Engineer
  • Field Coordinator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Surface Operation Engineer
  • Short Range Planner

Past employers

  • Suncor Energy Services
  • Shell Canada
  • Dominion Diamond Corporation
  • Mosaic
  • Glencore Canada
  • General Liquids Canada

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
3rd year Study Study Work term 1
4th year Work term 2 Off/work Work term 3
5th year Study Study Graduation

Coursework

Courses completed prior to work term 1, 2 & 3

  • Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Engineering Math 1 & 2
  • Engineering Design 1 & 2
  • Physics & Engineering Statics
  • Computer Programming
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physics 2
  • Linear Algebra
  • Biology for Engineers
  • Vector Calculus
  • Probability & Statistics
  • Electric Circuits
  • Thermo-Fluid Engineering 2
  • History of Engineering 1 & 2
  • Differential Equations
  • Geology for Engineers
  • Engineering Economics
  • 1 elective*
  • Engineering in Society 1
  • Introductory Mining Engineering
  • Mineral Processing
  • Mining Geology 1
  • Soil Mechanics 1
  • Surveying & Applied Geomatics
  • Equipment Selection and Materials Handling
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Rock Penetration & Fragmentation
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Technical Elective 1*

Additional courses completed prior to graduation

  • Engineering in Society 2
  • Mining Geology 2
  • Mine Ventilation & Environment Control
  • Mine Excavation Systems (or elective*)
  • Mineral Economics
  • Computer-Aided Mine Planning
  • Materials Engineering
  • Senior Design Project
  • Mine Production Engineering
  • 3 Technical Electives*
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* Technical Electives: minimum 2 of the 5 Technical Electives must be from Mineral Resource Engineering. Mine Excavation Systems; Advanced Topics in Rock Mechanics; Mining Engineering Project; Surface Mine Slope Stability; Petroleum Reservoir Engineering; Advanced Petroleum Engineering; Offshore Drill & Production; Advanced Mineral Processing; Environmental Measurement and Analysis; Environmental Assessment Management; Industrial Safety and Loss Management; Geotechnical Engineering; Engineering Hydrogeology; Construction Planning; Project Management and Control; Decision and Risk Analysis; Other approved courses.

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 23.74
Weekly $ 1,095.00

Department

Faculty of Engineering: Mineral Resources website.