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Mining Engineering Technology - Diploma

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
68 weeks
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Mining Engineering Technology - Diploma

Mining is one of the fastest growing sectors in Saskatchewan. In the next 10 years, estimates predict over 1500 new workers will be needed in the industry—including mining engineering technologists.

Mining engineering technologists work in hard and soft rock mining operations here in Saskatchewan, across Canada and around the world. It’s a well-paying career that can involve surveying, ventilation, ground control, mine planning or supervision. You need to be a team player, good at problem solving, comfortable working with new technology and committed to workplace safety.

Mining Engineering Technology is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. In the classroom and in the lab, you’ll learn to apply scientific principles to basic mining engineering situations.

You’ll develop knowledge and skills in:

  • basic geology, geophysics, electricity and instrumentation
  • computer applications in mining
  • fluid mechanics
  • ground control
  • mine hydrology and environmental concerns
  • mine ventilation
  • ore processing and transportation
  • project management
  • safety
  • soil, concrete and shotcrete testing
  • surveying and drafting

Hands-on learning involves everything from computer simulations, to geology and surveying labs, to mechanical and materials testing labs. Second year projects will help you build skills in mine design, blasting and ventilation. You’ll also carry out an applied research project. This emphasis on learning by doing ensures you’re ready to work from day one after graduation.

Admission requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Mathematics
  • Mine Safety
  • Computer Applications in Mining
  • Technology Seminars
  • Surveying 1
  • Workplace Communication
  • Terrain Evaluation

Semester 2

  • Integral Calculus
  • Applied Mechanics
  • Introduction to Mineralogy and Ore Deposits
  • Mining Concepts
  • Ore Transportation and Processing
  • Soils and Concrete
  • Surveying 2
  • Technical Communication

Semester 3

  • Fluid Mechanics
  • Fluid Mechanics Lab
  • Introduction to Rock Mechanics and Ground Control
  • Introduction to Rock Mechanics and Ground Control Lab
  • Mining Methods
  • Mining Hydrology and Environmental Management
  • Blasting
  • Mine Ventilation
  • Project Management

Semester 5

  • Basic Electricity
  • Geophysical Data Collection and Analysis
  • Ground Control Design
  • Mine Design and Planning
  • 3D Drafting and Underground Software
  • Mine Ventilation Planning and Design
  • Project
  • Underground Surveying
  • Applied Research in Technology

Program delivery

Length and Start Date

  • Start Date(s): August
  • Length: 68 weeks


The Tuition fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

  • Year 1 - $11,150
  • Year 2 - $7,430

Please contact the college for more information about the tuition fees.


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnicoffers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at everycampus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

Career paths

Mining engineering technologists are prepared to work in both surface and underground mining operations. Saskatchewan mining companies are eager to recruit graduates. You could also work for a testing lab, an engineering consulting firm or a mine equipment company. As you build experience, you could advance into design work, supervision and project management.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized around the world for our international engagement and development projects. With campuses located in the province's four largest cities (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon), and through extensive distance education opportunities, we offer career-focused, applied education...

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

1130 Idylwyld Dr.
S7K 3R5 Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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