Mining Engineering studies the safe, economic and environmentally responsible recovery, processing, marketing and financial management of mineral resources. In simple terms, mining engineering is about the extraction of natural minerals from the earth and the processing of those minerals into more user-friendly forms. Because extracting minerals from the earth can be destructive, the role of the mining engineer is to figure out how to remove these minerals in the way that minimises the impact on the environment.
With a degree in Mining Engineering from UNSW you could end up working in the field or in the office; at mine sites and in capital cities. Mining engineers enjoy fruitful careers in Australia as well as overseas. You might choose to work in technical roles such as drilling or blasting engineering or in consulting, project management, research and development or government policy and planning.
UNSW's Mining Engineering degree is accredited by Engineers Australia, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the corresponding professional bodies in the USA, UK and other overseas countries. The degree is also accredited for Statutory Mine Managers Certificates, both coal and metalliferous, throughout Australia and overseas.