Mining Engineering

Bachelor's Degree Program

If you like getting your hands dirty and would have fun running some of the largest man-made equipment in the world, the degree in mining engineering at UAF is for you.

Our mining engineering program is one of only 13 ABET accredited mining programs in the United States, and the only one of its kind in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. Whereas the majority of larger schools focus mainly on coal, we are a hard-rock focused program and are uniquely positioned to prepare mining engineers for working in the Arctic. All of our graduates quickly find employment or go on to pursue advanced degrees.

This program offers numerous opportunities for hands-on learning and research, with access to state-of-the-art labs, mineral processing facilities and our student-run Silver Fox Mine. There are also scholarships available specifically for mining engineering students.

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Why Study Mining Engineering at UAF?

Prepare for high-paying, high-demand mining engineering jobs in Alaska and around the world. These are some of the opportunities you’ll have when you study mining engineering at UAF.

Get specialized training for mining in Alaska and the Arctic

  • We are a hard-rock focused program with expertise in Arctic-related issues. We are also one of only a few programs that can offer expert help with unique placer mining (mining of stream beds) needs and other mining-related topics.

Take part in unique hands-on learning opportunities

  • In the mining engineering program at UAF, you’ll have access to a real silver mine, where many classes conduct hands-on activities, such as surveying and rock bolt installation. Learn more about the Silver Fox Mine.
  • We also offer internship opportunities every summer, both in Alaska and out of state.

Engage in undergraduate research

  • You can participate in faculty research projects that involve field work, laboratory testing and specialized computer modeling. One of our undergraduate students recently conducted his own research through URSA while interning at Fort Knox.

 

Work in state-of-the-art facilities

  • Facilities include a mineral processing laboratory as well as state-of-the-art ventilation and rock mechanics laboratory facilities. The Mineral Industry Research Lab (MIRL) also has a well-equipped coal lab for conducting cutting edge coal-based research.

 

Participate in mining engineering professional organizations

  • Our student chapter of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) offers opportunities to present research, attend presentations, meet and network with professionals and vendors and find internship opportunities.

 

Work closely with award-winning faculty

  • Our faculty have won nationally competitive research grants, conference paper awards, professional awards and teaching awards. Our faculty also have a strong national presence and regularly serve on various committees within SME and on Journal Editorial Boards.

 

What Can You Do With a Degree in Mining Engineering?

Alaska has the second highest concentration of mining and geological engineering jobs of any state in the nation. In the mining and engineering program at UAF, you’ll gain the unique skills and hands-on training to succeed in this growing job market. It’s why all of our graduates find jobs or go on to graduate school after earning their bachelor’s degrees.

We also provide our graduates with the skills and knowledge needed to work in a variety of other fields related to geological engineering.

Mining engineering jobs

Our graduates work for both coal and hard rock mining companies, in Alaska and around the world. Many also find jobs with federal and state government agencies. Alumni include mining engineers with Fort Knox Gold, Northern Star and Murray Energy as well as a former CEO of global mining giant Rio Tinto.

 

Mining engineering salary

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Alaska is one of the top paying states in the nation for mining and geological engineers, with an annual mean wage of $112,110. The average salary nationally is $98,420.

 

 

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