Mining Engineering Technician

Post-Secondary Programs
Credential Earned: College Diploma (2 Year)
Campus: Haileybury, Kirkland Lake, Timmins, Distance
Program Length: 4 Semesters

Program Codes
M002 (HL) – Haileybury Campus
M037 (KL) – Kirkland Lake Campus
M044 (PC) – Timmins Campus
M042 (CH) – Distance

Mining Engineering Technicians work with mines’ engineering teams in all aspects of mining from exploration, planning, development and operation, to mineral extraction and environmental control. Mining Engineering Technicians have a broad skills set that allow for a diverse career in the field.

What began as a training program by the Haileybury School of Mines in 1912 due to the cobalt silver boom in the area with the goal to train people to do everything needed in the mines evolved to our current Mining Engineering Technician program with the same values and goals. In our program, you will learn all the skills and knowledge for the mining industry, including mineral processing, geology, mine design, surveying, environmental sustainability, and more for both open-pit and underground mines.

Our program is taught through a combination of virtual theory classes with our experienced and passionate instructors and in our two-week field school where the concepts and skills learned in the virtual classroom are further developed through hands-on and applied learning opportunities. We have carefully crafted the online delivery to preserve the curriculum, skills learned, and overall experience.

The distance education format allows you to take courses from the comfort of your home, maintain your employment, as well as develop sound communication and computer skills while you complete our specialized course.

The mining field school components are held at the Haileybury Campus during the spring of each semester for two-weeks and are comprised of visits to mines, demonstrations, 

Graduates may find employment as: surveyors, planners, production supervisors, assayers, process operators, metallurgical technicians, exploration or mine geological technicians, government mine inspectors, mine technicians (ventilation, ground control, environmental, projects), and/or sales and technical representatives.

 

Contact Information

Jim Kendal, Program Coordinator
705-672-3376 ext. 8866
kendallj@northern.on.ca
mining@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements

Program Specific Requirements

Mining Field School Supplies

 

Domestic Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C, U)
Grade 12 Math (C, U) (MCT4C preferred; MAP4C is accepted with a minimum GPA of 60%)
Grade 12 Chemistry (C, U) recommended
Grade 12 Physics (C, U) recommended

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading on any of Northern College’s campuses.

Semester 1
GN1033 Health and Safety

This course introduces the student to health and safety in their home, in society and within an occupational setting. Students learn about the social and personal benefits of safe work practices and the methods to best prevent accidents or injuries. Students will review the role, right and responsibilities of an individual in today’s health and safety conscious world. Students also learn how to read and interpret the Occupational Act and Regulations.

MA1100 Mathematics I

This course covers basic algebra properties, graphing the straight line, basic geometry and trigonometry, and solving a system of equations graphically and algebraically. It also covers vector addition by components and by the cosine and sine laws.

CH1033 Chemistry

This is a course in general chemistry designed to provide a fundamental background for students to understand chemical concepts and to appreciate the applications and implications of chemistry in technology and society.

MI1003 Mineralogy and Geology I

The geology of the Precambrian, Palaeozoic and Cenozoic eras is introduced in this course. Students are introduced to mapping techniques and the “art” of visualization. Topics include basic geological structures, historical geology and physical processes such as glaciation. Mineralogy is introduced through the physical properties of minerals.

MI1033 Introduction to Mining

This course discusses the origin and history of mining and its contributions to ancient and modern civilizations. Students are introduced to basic geological and mining terminology, mineral reserve estimation, the mining sequence and to some of the legal requirements governing mining activities.

MI1103 Surveying Principles I

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of mining surveying. Basic measurement and calculation techniques are introduced. Principles of measurement theory, error propagation and error analysis are also introduced. The course objective is to give students transferable generic surveying skills and concepts that have application no matter what technology they encounter.

Semester 2
CM2903 Communications II – Model A

Communications II is a one-semester course which applies the oral and written communication tools learned in the first semester to specific business/technical applications as required by industry today. The student will enhance writing skills acquired in CM1903 and learn to produce effective documents including business letters, memoranda, emails, employment documents as well as reports and problem solving documents as applicable to their field of study. The course presents the theory and practice necessary for the planning and presentation of short informal and formal reports and introduces the dynamics of planning and participating in meeting situations. Students will participate in mock interviews (as applicable), so that they are prepared to sell themselves as they transition into the competitive employment market. Students will continue to review grammatical structures and apply editing strategies to business/technical documents through both in-class activities and the usage of the customized online grammar tool. As with CM1903, the content will be inclusive and reflect the diverse workplace that students will find themselves in in the future.

IN1224 Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) I

This is an introductory course designed to teach students the basics of using the AutoCAD drafting software to create 2 dimensional drawings. Lessons include using the draw, modify, layering and annotation commands.

MA2104 Mathematics II

The second course in the math stream for students in an Engineering Technician / Technology program focuses on solving equations relating to quadratics, logarithms, exponentials, with sections on factoring, fractional equations, manipulating exponent and radical expressions, and complex numbers, and for some programs studying systems of linear equations and determinants. Applications of the basic concepts, to particular fields of study, will be covered. The second semester Mathematics course is designed to give the student the mathematical tools required to function in his/her special field of study. Students are encouraged to seek help after class hours if problems are encountered in the course. Every effort will be made to identify problem areas to the student, but in the final analysis, it is the responsibility of the student to ask for help.

Prerequisite: MA1100 – Mathematics I (with 60%)

MI1004 Mineral Processing I

This course will introduce the student to mineral processing theory, equipment and process. It will look at the steps involved in basic mineral processing of ores, from extraction to the disposal of tailings.

MI1032 Mining Physics

This half-semester course reviews concepts of metric and British systems of units, conversions, vectors, statics, motion, force, work, and energy. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the basic principles of physics that have application in many of the technologies associated with mining, geology and metallurgy.

MI2004 Mineralogy and Geology II

This course is the continuation of the study of minerals including native elements, sulphides, arsenides, and some oxides. Also physical geology is studied with topics including maps, an introduction to air photos, mineral exploration, processes affecting and forming the earth, and some qualitative geochemical analysis.

MI2043 Mining II (Surface Mining)

This course introduces basic engineering principles used for the design and development of surface mines. The various types of methods and material handling systems used in the exploitation of surface mines are also discussed.

Mining Field School I

The Mining Engineering Technician program requires two Field School components to be completed on-site in Haileybury. The Field Schools are typically two weeks in length and take place in May.

Field School I includes MI3043 Surveying II and MI3163 Mineralogy and Geology III.

Semester 3
General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

MA3033 Mathematics III

This course is teaches students how to solve exponential and logarithmic functions. Students will also study methods for solving equations of higher degree as well as expanding their knowledge of trigonometry. The course ends with the study of variation and an introduction to statistics.

Prerequisite: MA2104 Mathematics II

MI3033 Mining III (Underground Mining)

This course starts with a review of basic mining nomenclature, calculations, processes, planning and guiding tools and other activities performed at the exploration & evaluation stages of the mining sequence. Next, rules-of-thumb and basic engineering principles used for the design, development and exploitation of underground mines are introduced. Various types of underground mine development openings, mining methods, rock breakage and material handling systems used in underground mining are also discussed.

MI3093 Surveying III

The survey course is project oriented with the objectives of making the student familiar with differential leveling methods, the operation and care of optical theodolites, as well as the application of basic underground surveying procedures and calculations.

MI3103 Safety and Loss Control II

This half-semester course examines the concepts of Safety and Loss Control in organizations. Students will review the elements of a well-designed Occupational Health and Safety program, the principle of due diligence, the basic causes of accidents and/or injuries as well as practices used to identify, control and evaluate hazards in the workplace.

MI4093 Mineralogy and Geology IV

This course is designed to continue field mapping techniques, specifically on a detailed grid, as well as traverse mapping. Concurrently, students will cover a course in Exploration Geochemistry (concepts, practical computer exercises and limited field work), as well as be introduced to GPS systems. Advanced topics in Plate Tectonics will also be introduced. These skills will be practiced in Mineralogy and Geology IV.

MI6053 Ground Control

This course covers intact rock properties, rock mass characteristics and classification. Other topics include: geo-technical data collection, rock stress distribution and failure, induced stresses around openings, underground opening and pillar design, rock reinforcement and support, ground support systems, such as mesh, bolt, cable and shot Crete, and ground system design.

Semester 4
General Education Elective

General Education Courses are selected online each semester by the student from a list provided and exposes students to a related area of study outside of their immediate academic discipline. Certain programs have predetermined electives. 

IN4052 AutoCAD II

This course first reviews the basic drawings, editing and display commands used in Release 2013. Advanced drawing, editing and display commands relating to blocks, Xrefs, attributes, and hatching are learned. Commands for drawing and modelling in 3-D are introduced. Practical assignments relate to office plans, wireframing, geology plans and cross-sections, 3-D visualization and a milling flow sheet.

MA4013 Mathematics IV Statistics

This is an introductory course in statistics with applications to mining and geology. Topics include: construction of frequency distribution, tendency of variation measures, descriptive statistics, probability rules and distributions, sampling and estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, regression and correlation analyses, non-parametric tests and basic geostatistics.

MA6022 Statistics

This course will cover such topics as classification of data using Excel, x-y graphs, bar graphs and pie charts, organization of data into frequency distributions, calculation of the mean, weighted mean, the median and the mode, variance and standard deviation, calculation of the probabilities for frequency distribution (binomial and normal), estimation of population means, standard deviation and proportions within a given confidence interval, control charts for statistical process control.

MI2053 Effective Supervision I

This course briefly reviews the history of the managerial concept and discusses organizations and modern managerial functions. Students are introduced to the roles and duties of supervisors in modern organizations and some of the legal requirements and liabilities associated with supervisory activities.

MI3053 Mining Economics

This half-semester course reviews basic financial mathematics and introduces the concepts of discounted cash flows, rate-of-return, sensitivity and risk analyses. Evaluation of equipment replacement alternatives, including “buy versus lease” and the effects of taxation and capital expenditure depreciation on mine project cash flows are also discussed. 

MI3083 Environmental Principles

This half-semester course briefly reviews potential environmental impacts of mining. Students are also introduced to environmental regulatory requirements, best practices, monitoring and reporting.

Mining Field School II

The Mining Engineering Technician program requires two Field School components to be completed on-site in Haileybury. The Field Schools are typically two weeks in length and take place in May.

Field School I includes MI4013 Surveying IV, MI4043 Mineral Processing II, and MI4093 Mineralogy and Geology VI.

MI4083 Mineralogy and Geology V

This course extends the study of fundamental Mineralogy into the systematic study of the principal rock-forming mineral families (especially silicates and secondary silicates), including properties and uses, as well as introducing petrology. Students will learn to identify major rock types. Also, students will be introduced to geochemical exploration and hydrology.

MI4093 Mineralogy and Geology IV

This course is designed to continue field mapping techniques, specifically on a detailed grid, as well as traverse mapping. Concurrently, students will cover a course in Exploration Geochemistry (concepts, practical computer exercises and limited field work), as well as be introduced to GPS systems. Advanced topics in Plate Tectonics will also be introduced. These skills will be practiced in Mineralogy and Geology IV.

MI6044 Mine Ventilation

This half-semester course briefly reviews fundamental design principles of underground mine ventilation such as air flow and resistance estimation, fan selection and mine air quality. Students are also introduced to mine ventilation monitoring, control techniques and legislated requirements.

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