Resources engineering

Resources engineering covers mining and renewable energy; disciplines that meet the ever-changing global challenges and future demands of industry and society.

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 are:


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.

Renewable energy

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. 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
  • consulting, technical specialists and government policy.
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