Mineral Engineering Program
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, University of Toronto
The Mineral Engineering Program at the University of Toronto is an interfaculty and interdepartmental course of study offering a comprehensive undergraduate education in all aspects of the mineral sector from exploration and geological engineering, through mine and mineral process engineering, and operations to site closure. The Mineral Engineering Program is designed to ensure graduating students have a world-class education in mineral and geological engineering which embraces not only the technical aspects of the industry, but also the financial business side.
What is Mineral Engineering? Mineral Engineering is a branch of geomechanics, the science of man's interaction wtih the earth: the use of math, physics, geology and environmental science to understand and shape the natural world around us. Mineral Engineering is the interdisciplinary study, development and design of subsurface space for a host of applications: mining, oil and gas exploration, hydroelectric projects, tunnels and subways, subsurface storage facilities, underground urban and shopping spaces.
Mineral engineers design subsurface infrastructures that rely on a comprehensive understanding of complex rock mechanics problems. Mineral Engineers are also talented, computer savvy and adventurous individuals who work across the globe to discover and develop valuable mineral resources, who design the excavation and blasting methods, and who engineer the plants and facilities, all in an environmentally responsible manner.
Instruction in engineering subjects is given by several departments in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, particularly the Department of Civil Engineering, the Department of Materials Science Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and the Department of Chemical Engineering. The core of geological study is provided by the Department of Geology (Faculty of Arts and Science). Students obtain hands-on experience with real examples of engineering science and design through laboratory study, field camps of several days’ duration and a number of field trips in and around the greater Toronto region, through northern Ontario and farther afield.
You will find our graduates well-rounded, competent, and skilled in a wide range of academic areas.