Program overview

4 years
2 Industry placements

Career opportunities

Career opportunities exist in areas such as:

  • Mine production
  • Mine management
  • Engineering design and technology
  • Computer software development
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Environmental engineering
  • Corporate management
  • Merchant banking
  • Civil tunnelling
  • Quarrying
  • Risk management
  • Project management
  • Education and training
  • Consulting
  • Mine design
  • Financial evaluation
  • Feasibility studies
  • Geotechnical design
  • Environmental assessment
  • Government (Inspectors, Policy formulation, Administration)

Australia has a booming mining industry and is a lead exporter of many natural resources such as gold, uranium, aluminium, lead, iron ore and coal. Mining is an exciting career choice with many diverse challenges but with a rewarding outcome.

Mining Engineers design and develop techniques, machines, and equipment fleets, which are used to extract mineral deposits. They ensure that the mines are safe and are fully optimised to extract mineral resources. Mining Engineers then ensure that the mineral deposits are extracted and transported from mines in an environmentally friendly manner using methods like resource rehabilitation after the mining process is complete to improve the ecosystem. Thus, you will find Mining Engineers ensuring workplace safety through inspections and utilising the most effective processing methods for mining excavations.

To me, being offered a Co-op scholarship greatly boosted my outlook on university, as the crucial opportunities it offers will undoubtedly help me out post-university. To be given the opportunity was also relieving, as I now feel as though the work, I had put in throughout high school has paid off. Following my first placement, I saw the technical and soft skills I learnt on the job translate into my university life which I feel gave me a valuable advantage in coursework by enabling me to grasp complex concepts quicker.
Co-op Scholar
Thomas Aquilina
Mining Engineering