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Mining Engineering in Canada

  1. Jun 25, 2008 #1

    The time for me to start thinking about my further education has come. After looking over various Engineering fields, Mining Engineering definitely seems like the best/most interesting choice. Ever since I was little I have been fascinated by documentaries on The Discovery Channel here in Norway, especially those involving mines and/or tunnels. Now, I want to get the best education my Norwegian student loan will let me. That excludes UK and USA (Generally too expensive, and the Norwegian student loan won't cover the first year in the US), leaving me with Canada and possibly Australia. I haven't really considered Australia, but if I should be doing that, please tell me. Include some university names, as well :)

    Anyways, on to what was originally my question: Which university has the best Mining Engineering program in Canada, both on undergraduate and graduate levels? University of British Columbia seems to have a nice Mining Engineering department, and Vancouver would really be my first choice when you look away from the academic factors. The climate, the nature, the beautiful campus just by the sea, lots of rain.. It's perfect :smile:

    Well, that turned out to be a long post.. Anyways, could y'all please let me know which school has the best Mining Engineering program? It has proven to be really hard to find any information/university rankings on this particular branch of Engineering.

    Best Regards,
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  3. Jun 28, 2008 #2
    No-one? :(
  4. Jun 28, 2008 #3


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    Vancouver is pretty much the perfect city - don't know how much mining there is here.
    BCIT have a one year course in petroleum extraction and SAIT (calgary) have somethign similair.
    Most of the mining is either in northern alberta (oil sands) or ontario (everythign else)
  5. Jun 28, 2008 #4
    Thanks :) Yeah, Vancouver looks like a very nice city to study in, and the UBC campus is beautiful. Just need to know that the education is up to par. I don't want to pay $23,000 a year for 5-8 years if the school isn't "the best," since pretty much all Canadian schools cost the same, at least for international students.

    The cost will be rather steep for me, as I have to pay $23,000 in tuition, and live there the whole year (16 hour flight home. I'm 1.95m tall, I HATE flying coach, and I can't afford anything else, heh).
  6. Jun 28, 2008 #5


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    I would contact the mining companies for either their opinions and any internship/studentship schemes available.

    Big ones are probably, Teck Cominco, BarrickGold, Cameco, Rio tinto - most of these companies are international and a lot of them work in Canada and Australia. I meet a lot of students on internships in mines - most are West African and >2m tall so easy to spot!

    Canada is currently desparate for mining engineers. One possible warning, like oil, mining is very cyclical - who knows what demand will be in 5 years? You might want to consider a more general civil engineering degree with a mining specialisation.
    Another factor for Canada - engineering here is very strongly registered and so the profession of engineer is very strong.
  7. Jun 29, 2008 #6
    Good idea, I'll have to do that.

    And yeah, it is indeed cyclical. However, the degree called "Mining Engineering," IF you specialize in mine security, mine ventilation or anything like that rather than mineral production, does have other applications. Tunnels, Geothermal powerplants... Basically any underground facility.

    Thanks for all your help, I truly appreciate it.
  8. Jun 29, 2008 #7
    After researching a bit, it seems I can only attend Queen's, UofT and UBC. I need this "extended student loan" feature to cover the tuition at almost all unis, and those three are the only Canadian universities covered by the feature. Oh well...
  9. Oct 28, 2008 #8
    All three have great reputations for their programs. I'm in third year Mining at Queens. If you have questions, let me know.
  10. Oct 13, 2011 #9
    hey Sinoed , i want to chat with you personally about Mining engineering.Can i have your email id of facebook or skype etc.
  11. Oct 22, 2011 #10
    I just sent you a PM.
  12. Nov 5, 2011 #11
    hi, Sinoed
    I am a student from china, and wanna apply for a mining school, can you give me some advise? does the mining school in UBC good??
  13. Nov 5, 2011 #12
    hi Chris,
    are you apply for the mining engineering in UBC??
    why do you choose UBC? do you know some top mining schools in canada?
  14. Nov 8, 2011 #13
    I have applied the Queen's in mining engineering. can you give me your e-mail? I have some questions about the program. thank you very much
  15. Nov 8, 2011 #14
    Moreover, the University of Saskatchewan could be another good option as Saskatchewan is in the midst of a boom, and there are copious mines in the Saskatchewan area.
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