BCIT offers first-in-Canada Bachelor’s Degree in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering

by Keith Powell
BCIT mining students

BCIT will be offering a new Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering this Fall. — Photos courtesy BCIT Mining Program

BURNABY, BC: Students torn between a career as a Geologist or a career as an Engineer will soon have a much easier decision.

Starting this Fall, BCIT will offer a new Bachelor of Engineering in Mining and Mineral Resource Engineering. This unique degree builds on BCIT’s 50-year track-record of offering the Mineral Exploration and Mining Diploma as well as industry relevant engineering and trades programs.

A unique combination of geology, mineral exploration, and mining, the new degree will prepare graduates to take a leading role in the discovery, evaluation, development, operation, and remediation of mineral resource projects.

Currently, there are no other undergraduate degrees in Canada that combine the critical skills of mineral exploration geology with mine engineering. Graduates will be prepared for a diversity of leading positions in the natural resource sector across BC, Canada, or indeed, around the world.

“This degree will close the knowledge gap that often exists between geologists and engineers,” said Robert Stevens, Associate Dean, Engineering and Natural Resources, BCIT. “By leading the way in our field, BCIT is addressing a direct industry need for Qualified Persons with a diverse skill set.”

The program is now accepting applicants for the anticipated September 2015 start date. Check out bcit.ca/mining for more information.

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