Mining Engineering

What is mining engineering?

Mining is essential to our daily lives. Minerals are the basic inputs for the production of building materials, pharmaceuticals and electronic devices. They are also a sources of fuel for the manufacturing and utility industries. Simply - if it cannot be grown it must be mined. Mining engineers are concerned with developing and implementing safe and efficient mineral resource extraction plans.

The Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Hons) incorporates environment and community, health and safety, project, team and financial management and leadership skills to produce engineers with global impact and vision.

Mining engineers require the application of mathematics, physical science, computer aided modelling, economics and environmental management to be able to manage resources from exploration through to extraction, processing and mine closure. Developing a social license to operate in communities is seen as an integral part of the degree.

Why study mining engineering?

Do you like solving problems? Are you a natural born leader? Have you got an interest in the natural environment around you? Chances are if you have answered yes to any of these questions, mining engineering may be an enjoyable career path for you. Melbourne is the third largest corporate mining centre in the world (behind only London and Toronto).

The Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Hons) was established with significant industry support from our Foundation Sponsors MMG and Newcrest Mining Limited. Monash also has strong links to the CSIRO. It is the only Group of Eight Mining Engineering degree in Victoria and Tasmania.

Where do mining engineers do?

Mining engineers work in all aspects of the resources industry that includes exploration, planning, extraction, processing and rehabilitation. At each of these stages mining engineers work closely with stakeholders to provide sustainable solutions.

Largely employed by mining companies at their operations or corporate head office, the skill set of a mining engineer also provides opportunities in the services industry such as contractors, suppliers, equipment designers, inspectors, advisors, consultants, researchers and technical specialists. Mining engineers are also employed in a range of other engineering professions that include tunnelling, road and railway construction, hydro-electric and water supply projects and in the oil and gas industry.

As a mining engineer you will have a diverse range of potential career paths that include:

  • Evaluation of mineral deposit feasibility studies
  • Designing mine layouts and access routes for people and equipment
  • Preparing production (tonnes and grade) plans
  • Managing mine site operations
  • Co-ordinating safety, efficiency and environmental management plans
  • Developing and implementing innovative technology
"Innovative resources people for tomorrow's world"

Studying mining engineering at Monash

Studying mining engineering at Monash focuses on practical solutions to industry problems to ensure our students are job ready. To provide this practical knowledge we draw heavily upon on industry education partners to deliver the current state-of-the-art knowledge and technology straight from industry. This ensures our course is dynamic and always relevant.

Mining engineering is a specialisation within the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons). After completing the common first year, mining engineering students will enter another shared second year with resources engineering students (geological, oil and gas and renewable energy).  A final decision regarding the exit degree award does not need to be made until the end of second year. Up until this time students can transfer freely between each of the four resources engineering degrees.


Up to eight industry based scholarships are offered each year to mining engineering students.

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Industry links

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to work closely with our industry partners MMG, Newcrest, Orica and the CSIRO to deliver the Bachelor of Mining Engineering (Hons). Students benefit from strong industry links through scholarships, seminars, industry projects and summer work opportunities.

Specialised subjects students complete

  • Natural Resources Engineering
  • Project, Risk and Safety Management
  • Resource Estimation
  • Surface Mining
  • Underground Mining
  • Rock Mechanics
  • Ventilation
  • Drilling and Blasting
  • Planning and Scheduling
  • Instrumentation, Automation and Asset Management
  • Mineral processing