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Mining Engineering

Traditionally, mining has been one of the broadest engineering fields offering the most general program. A mining engineer is required to be familiar with all of the engineering work involved in the operation of a mining project from the initial discovery stage to the marketing of a final product. For this reason, mining engineers receive some basic training in each of the major engineering fields.


The Mining program consists of three major options - Mining, Mineral Processing and Mine Environment and Mine-Mechanical, however students can also choose not to specialize, but rather gain a broad range of knowledge in all areas related to mining. Courses address a wide spectrum of technical and economic areas relevant to the design and operation of efficient, competitive, environmentally responsible, and sustainable, mining operations.


Career opportunities extend beyond the traditional fields of mining extraction and processing, to encompass the related fields of mining finance, equipment and technology, and all facets of sustainability.




  • Mineral Extraction
  • Mining Finance
  • Management
  • Equipment and Technology


  • Mining
  • Mine/Mechanical
  • Mineral Processing


  • Students 219
  • Masters 35
  • PhD 12
  • Faculty 11
  • Awarded Degrees 150


Learn more about the Mining undergraduate program by exploring the Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining website.

Mining Major Map

Need help finding your way through Queen’s and beyond? Get major-specific advice on academics, extra-curriculars, networking, international opportunities and career development all in one place. This map provides suggestions - you don’t have to follow all the recommendations. Use it to plan ahead, and find your own way at Queen’s!



Career Opportunities

Some of the companies that have hired our grads in the past 10 years:

  • Agnico-Eagle
  • Akara Mining Ltd
  • Alcatel
  • Algoma Steel
  • Altagas Ltd
  • AMEC
  • Anglo American
  • Arab Potash Company Limited
  • Baffinland Iron Mines Corp
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Montreal
  • Barrick Gold
  • Bechtel Inc
  • Bell Canada
  • BHP Australia Coal Ltd
  • Breakwater Resources Ltd
  • Bridger Coal Company
  • Bruce Power
  • BT Bank of Canada
  • Burnet Duckworth Palmer
  • Cameco
  • Canada Salt
  • Cariboo Pulp & Paper Co
  • Castle Gold Corporation
  • Chevron Mining Inc
  • ConocoPhillips
  • Department of Natural Resources
  • Dyantec
  • Gammon Gold
  • GE Infrastructure Water & Process Technologies
  • General Dynamics
  • Georgia Pacific
  • Gibraltar Mines Ltd
  • Global Coal Management
  • Goldcorp
  • Golder Associates
  • Government of British Columbia
  • Government of Canada
  • Government of Indonesia
  • Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Hatch Associates
  • High River Gold Mines Ltd
  • Highland Valley Copper
  • HMZ Metals Inc
  • Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting Co
  • Iamgold
  • Imperial Oil
  • INCO
  • Inmet Mining Corporation
  • J S Redpath Ltd
  • Kidd Creek Mines Ltd
  • Kimberly Clark
  • Kinross Gold Corporation
  • LaFarge Corporation
  • Marshall Macklin & Monaghan
  • Marston & Marston
  • Michelin Tires (Canada) Ltd
  • Mines Accident Prevention Assoc
  • Mining Association of British Columbia
  • Ministry of Energy Science & Technology
  • Nav Canada
  • Naylor Engineer Associates Ltd
  • Newmont Canada
  • Noranda Mining & Exploration
  • Noranda Technology Centre
  • Ontario Graphite Ltd
  • Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Ontario Power Generation
  • Ontario Rock Drillers Co Ltd
  • Osler Hoskins & Harcourt LLP
  • PCS Potash Corp
  • Placer Dome
  • Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • Procter & Gamble Inc
  • R A Warren Equipment Ltd
  • R H Enterprises Ltd
  • RBC
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • RBC Dominion Securities Inc
  • RIM
  • Rio Tinto
  • Runge Mining Canada Ltd
  • Sandvik Mining & Construction
  • Saskatchewan Power Corp
  • SGS Canada
  • Shaw Pipe Protection Ltd
  • Shell Canada Energy
  • Shell Canada Ltd
  • SNC Lavalin
  • SRK Consulting
  • St Mary's Cement Corporation
  • Stantec
  • Stelco Steel
  • Suncor Energy
  • Teck Cominco Corp
  • Toromont Industries Ltd
  • Union Gas
  • Union Pacific Railroad
  • Vale Inco
  • Wardrop Engineering