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Everything You Should Know About Mining Engineering

Planning to take Mining Engineering in college? Here’s what you need to know!

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced that 206 out of 274 passed the Mining Engineer Licensure Examination given by the Board of Mining Engineering in Baguio, Cebu, Cotabato, and Legazpi this month. 

The members of the Board of Mining Engineering who gave the licensure examination are Rufino B. Bomasang, Officer-In-Charge and Augusto C. Villaluna, member.

The top-performing school in the August 2021 Mining Engineer Licensure Examination is the Bicol-University Legazpi with an 85.29% passing rate. 

But what is mining engineering, really? 

What is Mining Engineering?

Some of the new minerals were created in large mines in particular (Photo from Reuters/Romeo Ranoco/Jakarta Globe)

Some of you may not be familiar with this course, here’s an easier way to explain it. The field of Mining Engineering involves science and application of extracting and processing minerals from a natural environment. It is a combination of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering.

Mining Engineering is a five-year course that provides knowledge and skills in mineral deposit assessment, mine feasibility, and mine development by applying techniques in natural and applied sciences, geology, physics, chemistry, environmental studies, mathematics, humanities and economics. 

“You’ll acquire knowledge about the exploration and production of mining processes, including related management and environmental considerations. You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the main areas of the subject, such as geomechanics, ventilation, mine planning and mineral processing,” QS Stars University Rankings said.

Those who are interested in Mining Engineering programs are encouraged to take the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) strand. 

Nature of work

Photos from Collins Dictionary, Geology Page, and University of Alberta

Mining engineers work with varieties of minerals, including industrial minerals such as clays, granites, and limestone. They are also responsible for locating natural reserves of minerals, petroleum, and other useful natural resources and lay out the plans for the safe extraction of these resources. 

According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Mining Engineers are concerned with the efficient construction, equipment, and operation of mines. They plan mine working, hoisting mechanisms, power supplies and systems for drainage, ventilation, and lighting. They also deal with the operation of extracting ores and other minerals from the earth and handling them to the point of delivery for processing.

Career opportunities

Graduates of Mining Engineering may pursue a career in various development companies or government agencies that need specialized Mining Engineering services. Several heavy construction industries are also in need of Mining Engineers, particularly in areas like tunneling, mining, and gas and water supply.

“They may apply for roles such as a mining engineer, process refinery plant engineer, static equipment engineer, instrumentation and control engineer, instrumentation and control engineer, and mining consultant,” Edukasyon PH stated.

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Universities that offer Mining Engineering programs

For students who want to pursue a degree in Mining Engineering, here are the universities that offer Mining Engineering courses:

  • Adamson University
  • Bicol University-Legazpi
  • Caraga State University-Butuan City
  • Cebu Institute of Technology-University
  • Palawan State University
  • St. Louis University-Baguio City
  • St. Paul University-Surigao del Norte
  • University of the Philippines-Diliman
  • University of Southeastern Philippines-Davao City

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