Although there are no degree options in explosives technology, bachelor's and master's mining engineering programs include elective courses in the area.
Bachelor's degree curricula cover mining techniques, geology, engineering and mathematics. Students learn how to use explosives to expose minerals and locate and extract natural resources in accordance with environmental regulations through simulations and hands-on projects. Applicants must have a high school diploma and submit American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores.
Graduate studies are more advanced, emphasizing the chemical and physical properties of minerals, mining design methods and mining output statistical analyses. Pupils gain research and equipment-handling skills completing a thesis paper and utilizing current mining engineering technology. A relevant bachelor's, a personal statement and letters of reference are required for admission consideration. Online courses and programs are available.
Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering
Bachelor's degree classes involve engineering design and environmental protection. Some of the related aspects discussed are:
- Sustainable development in mining
- Surface mining
- Underground mining techniques
- Explosives in mining
Master of Science in Mining Engineering
Master's degree students learn about mineral exploration in-depth with courses in:
- Mine planning
- Environmentally sustainable mining
- Resource location
- Mine reclamation
- Mining explosives design
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov), employment for mining and geological engineers is predicted to grow at a rate of 6% over the 2014-2024 decade with a median salary of $94,040 as of May 2015.
Continuing Education Information
Mining engineers need to be licensed before they can work in public or private sectors. Most states require mining engineers to graduate from an accredited program and work under supervision for several years before taking a written exam. Some states mandate continuing education credits for renewal.
Explosive technology programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels teach students engineering and mining techniques.