Learn how the industry is branching out into new frontiers
Engineers have unique skills to identify sources of energy or resources that can be used in various ways to meet the needs of society. Mining Engineering is the science of extracting and processing mineral resources from the earth in a safe and sustainable way.
Mining resources helps us generate a range of energy sources, including renewable energy. You’ll learn how this industry is branching out into additional areas to fuel the transition to renewable sources of energy such as natural gas.
Sources of energy and certain resources are integral to daily life. As we become aware of the finite nature of some resources, engineers are racing to find more innovative and efficient ways to power society and meet our needs. Innovation, creativity and exploration are key features of this area. As climate change becomes more and more urgent, individuals working in this area have even greater impacts on the future of our planet.
We’re at the forefront of mining education and research into new and exciting areas including space resources engineering, low emission technologies, CO2 storage and geothermal energy. You’ll be learning with high-tech immersive technology that’ll help you replicate working in these scenarios. Our 3D Virtual Reality theatre will let you explore everything from open cut mines to NASA rovers. We’re UNSW’s top ranked subject - 5th globally for Mineral & Mining Engineering.
This study area will prepare you to work across a wide variety of jobs, all vital to our planet’s future and all heavily in demand. Photovoltaic engineers can work for solar cell manufacturers, research organisations, energy utilities and communication companies and in system design and integration.
Renewable energy is growing in popularity as global awareness of energy sustainability improves. You can work in a wide range of roles designing, installing and operating renewable energy systems.
Mining engineering graduates have many career options available to them. You can decide if you want to work in the field or in the office. You can work in the oil and gas industry, oil service companies, computer-generated modelling, environmental organisations, as well as banking and finance.
Career options include:
Our specialised degree, the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining Engineering) will provide you with strong skills and knowledge to enter the energy and resources engineering industry.
We offer a range of engineering program specialisations that can be undertaken in our Engineers Australia accredited degrees. You can study Energy and Resources Engineering in the following undergraduate degrees/compatible degrees:
Supercharge your Energy and Resources Engineering career with postgraduate study in:
Graduate Certificates and Diplomas
A doctoral degree will allow you to specialise in a specific piece of research.
Environment and Sustainability Engineering is the type of engineering that seeks to undo past damage to the planet and work with the natural environment to create a better future for humanity and the places we inhabit.
Renewable Energy Engineers explore ways to make the best use of renewable energy technologies like solar, wind, biomass, smart grids and photovoltaics, which is the use and manufacture of solar cells to power virtually anything electrical.
Chemical Engineering is essential for many things, like health technology advancements, clean water and climate change processes. Chemical Product Engineering is about understanding product function and performance, and how people use those products.