Resources engineering covers the disciplines to meet the ever-changing global challenges and future demands of industry and society, such as mining, geological, oil and gas, and renewable energy engineering.
From third year you’ll develop expertise in your stream of choice and be provided with the opportunities to enhance your skills in leadership and management, opening up a wide range of exciting career opportunities to choose from. Graduates will take a leading role in solving complex, multidisciplinary engineering problems to help sustain the future supply of the world’s natural resources.
Resources engineering streams
Geological engineering is an interdisciplinary field in which theoretical and applied science of the mechanical behaviour of rock and soil materials are used to solve engineering challenges for tunnelling, slope stability, deep foundations, underground excavations, mining and reservoir geomechanics, hydropower and geothermal projects. With many new major projects and significant industry investment, there’s high demand by employers both in Australia and internationally.
Mining engineering aims to provide sustainable solutions for the safe extraction and processing of minerals with a minimal environmental and energy footprint. As a practical discipline with strong industry engagement, it covers exploration, resource estimation, mine design, mineral processing, financial, economic and risk assessment, and management. Mining companies often provide career opportunities to fill their managerial positions with mining engineers experienced in the life cycle of mining projects and day-to-day operations.
Oil and gas
Oil and gas engineering graduates will work in a variety of areas associated with exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons. Oil and gas engineers are involved in locating oil and gas reservoirs, drilling and well completion, geomechanics, production and development planning, process control, design, installation and maintenance of production processing equipment, and unconventional resources to optimise the production of hydrocarbons in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
Renewable energy engineering focuses on the fundamental conversion of solar radiation, wind, hydro and bioenergy resources into electricity by designing, building and operating energy plants such as wind farms, solar farms and hydro power facilities. These engineers run the large-scale energy system incorporating renewables, and they provide expert advice in the development of energy policy to facilitate the transformation of the energy system, both domestically and internationally.
Careers in Resources Engineering
Resource engineers are in high demand and there’s a diverse range of potential career paths available in Australia and overseas. You could work in:
- mining, exploration and feasibility studies
- tunnelling, deep foundations and underground excavations
- project, risk and safety management, sustainability
- specialist geomechanics and numerical modelling
- hydropower, wind and solar farm project design and operation
- emerging technology research and design
- oil and gas exploration, and drilling and well completion
- consulting, technical specialists and government policy.