Diploma in Mining Engineering Technician


Program Description


The mining industry is dynamic and ever-changing, and Cambrian's Mining Engineering Technician program will challenge you to explore why and how things work and to find innovative solutions to problems.

As you learn and live in one of the mining centres of the world, you will prepare to become part of mining engineering teams responsible for a wide range of projects involving surveying, drafting, design, environmental studies, industrial geological and geophysical fieldwork, ventilation, ground control, and supervision.

Industry-experienced faculty members will guide your progress and understanding through examples gained from industry experience, field trips in the renowned Sudbury basin, and hands-on demonstrations. You will benefit from a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including activities at an active mine site to gain a broad understanding of the various aspects of mining engineering as well as communication and leadership skills.

You may be required to participate in Service Type Common Core training (requires an employer sign-off for registration) as part of your practical underground learning experience.

Program Highlights

  • 2 years – 4 semesters
  • Optional 4-month co-op placement (depending on availability of positions)
  • Gain a solid foundation in surveying, geology, AutoCAD, mine development, mine ventilation, and more
  • 10-day field school at the end of the second semester
  • Field trips to mine sites and/or mining suppliers when available
  • Annual Mining Day conference provides networking opportunities with industry professionals


There is a field school for 10 days following the end of the second semester.

An optional Co-op Placement is may be available for up to16 weeks following the fourth semester.

4D Learning Opportunities

Mining Day Conference – Each year, Cambrian College, Laurentian University, and Collège Boréal students spend the day networking with industry guest speakers and hearing about the latest trends and issues in the mining industry.


Cambrian's Mining Engineering Technology program is accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC), which includes the curriculum of the Mining Engineering Technician program.

In addition, our graduates are recognized by The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT), which will give you access to career development opportunities and a national network of engineering professionals.

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)


  • Any grade 12 physics (C) or (U)
  • Computer competency in relevant software

Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian. This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1 Credits
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
GEO 1100 Geology I 1 4
MNG 1100 Introduction to Mining 1 4
MTH 1050 Algebra I 3
SUR 1115 Surveying I 1 4
CHM 1206 Chemistry for the Geosciences 3
The following General Education course: 3
BUS 1015
Negotiation & Labour Relations
Credits 24
Semester 2
CAD 1001 Engineering Graphics 3
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
GEO 1200 Geology II 1 4
MNG 1014 Mineral Resources Field Camp 1 1
MNG 1200 Mining Methods 1 4
MTH 1250 Algebra II 3
SUR 1225 Mine Surveying 1 5
Credits 23
Semester 3
GEO 2305 Geological Field & Data Collection 1 5
GEO 2307 Digital Map Making 2
MNG 2335 Mine Layouts and Planning 5
MTH 2325 Technical Math III 3
One of the following Elective courses: 4
GEO 2311
Exploration Geophysics 1
MNG 1019
Maintenance Planning
One of the following General Education courses: 3
POL 1500
Canadian Political Studies
SOC 1007
Introduction to Indigenous Studies
BUS 3585
SSC 1000
Media and Current Events
Credits 22
Semester 4
GEO 2420 Intro To Structural Geology 1 4
MNG 1015 Ground Control 1 4
MNG 2300 Mine Blasting Techniques 1 4
MNG 2310 Mine Ventilation 1 4
One of the following Elective courses: 4
CHM 1109
Mineral Processing 1
GEO 2434
Mineral Resource Evaluation 1
One of the following General Education courses: 3
ECN 1002
PSY 2700
Client Comm. & Leadership Develop
BUS 3585
SSC 1000
Media and Current Events
Credits 23
Total Credits 92

Course with Lab Component

Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates of Cambrian's MNTN program may apply to enter directly into Semester 5 of the Mining Engineering Technology (MNTY) program. This is a competitive process.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in mineral resources exploration or in the operations of surface or underground mines. Graduates may be employed in a mine engineering office or in mine production. Some graduates may find work in more specialized areas such as:

  • Mine Surveying
  • Ground control
  • Mine ventilation
  • Mine safety
  • Field exploration
  • Mine Geology
  • Mine Planning

Graduates of this program may apply to continue into Cambrian College's Mining Engineering Technology advanced diploma program or seek job opportunities in the mining and mineral resources industry.

Last updated Oct 2019

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