View All Programs

Ontario College Diploma | 4 semesters | Barrydowne

The mining industry is dynamic and ever-changing, and Cambrian's Mining Engineering Technician program challenges 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 will also 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 – 2 semesters
  • Optional 4-month co-op placement
  • Gain a solid foundation in surveying, geology, AutoCAD, mine development, environmental management, and more
  • 10-day field camp at the end of the second semester
  • Field trips to mine sites and/or mining suppliers
  • Annual Mining Day conference provides networking opportunities with industry professionals


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

An optional Co-op Placement is available for 12-16 weeks between the second and third semesters.

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.

Quick Links

How to Apply

Engineering Technology

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

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communication 3
GEO 1100Geology I 4
MNG 1100Introduction to Mining 4
MTH 1050Algebra I 3
SUR 1115Surveying I 4
The following General Education course:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
CAD 1100Computer-Aided Drafting I 2
ENG 1754Technical Communication II 3
GEO 1200Geology II 4
MNG 1200Mining Methods 4
MNG 1014Mineral Resources Field Camp 1
MTH 1250Algebra II 3
SUR 1225Mine Surveying 5
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 3
GEO 2305Geological Field Data Collection 5
GEO 2307Digital Map Making 2
GEO 2434Core Logging 3
MNG 2335Mine Layouts and Planning 5
MTH 2325Technical Math III 3
One of the following Elective courses:  4
Exploration Geophysics 4
Mine Equipment Maintenance Safety 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 4
CHM 1206Chemistry for the Geosciences 3
GEO 2420Intro To Structural Geology 4
MNG 2300Mine Blasting Techniques 4
MNG 3000Ground Control 5
MNG 3505Environmental Management for Mining 3
One of the following Elective courses:  4
Mine Ventilation 4
Introductory Petrology 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Economics 3
Client Comm. Leadership Develop 3
 Term Credits: 26
 Total Credits: 94

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $3,655.48. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $13,614.00 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $1000; including $500  for Personal Protective Equipment.This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

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

Furthering Your Studies

Students successfully completing the Mining Engineering Technician program may enter directly into the Mining Engineering Technology program.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. 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.

Back to Top