Industrial training

Industrial Training is a great way for engineering students to prepare themselves for what it’s like in the real world of mining. An essential component of all Faculty of Engineering programs at UNSW, Industrial Training provides students with the chance to put what they have learned in lectures – the theory and engineering design principles – into a practical context. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for students to get a clearer understanding of the various roles of a mining engineer – and make better decisions about their own futures.

To qualify for graduation, Undergraduate students in the School of Mining Engineering must complete a minimum of 60 days of Industrial Training in the mining industry. This can be done during one or more of the long vacation periods. Part of this requirement includes the submission of a formal written report about your Industrial Training experience. Faculty Industrial Training Rules can be found here - please note the difference for Mining Engineering students.

There are many different opportunities to work in a variety of locations ranging from the Pilbara, Kimberley and goldfields regions of Western Australia, to northern Queensland, the Northern Territory and the west coast of Tasmania.

Some students have even travelled to mining operations in South America, Canada and Africa.
If you prefer to be closer to home, there are possibilities at coal mines in the Sydney hinterland, in the Hunter Valley and Illawarra. Students are encouraged to find their own Industrial Training opportunities. The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) hosts a Careers and Vac website with a comprehensive careers web portal – which is a good place to start.

Industrial training provides an opportunity for students to put into context much of the knowledge and engineering design principles presented in lectures as well as gain a better understanding of the various roles that a mining engineer can be involved in. Supplementing this training are field studies held in each year of the program which supplement the learning process in the mining program.

Tracking your Industrial Training Days

Your Industrial Training (IT) program requires you to log your placements and submit your final IT report. 

Instructions for self-enrolling into Industrial Training for Mining Engineering Students:

  1. Go to the course home page at
  2. Under "Self Enrolment (Student)", click on the “Continue" button. In the “Enrolment Key” field, type in the following password: ITStudent! (NB: You may be redirected to the Moodle login page first if you are not currently signed in with your zpass).
  3. Click on the “Enrol Me” button. You should now be directed into the course. 
  4. You will be required to view the "Safety First!" video and mark it complete before you can access the rest of the content. Then you will be able to familiarise yourself with the rest of the resources and submission tools.

(NB: For further instructions on how to self-enrol, see the webpage Enrol in a self-enrolment course, and Youtube video Moodle Enrolment Key.)

Students must use the system to:

  • gain prior approval by the IT Co-ordinator of the employer and detail the nature of employment duties before employment begins;
  • provide contact details during periods of industrial training;
  • provide contact details of their workplace supervisor;
  • provide details related to training on completion of employment; and
  • lodge their IT Report. The IT Report must be submitted within 28 days of completing IT. A guide and template for writing IT reports is available.

Find out more about studying mining engineering at UNSW