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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 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
  • 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 available for 12-16 weeks following 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.

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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


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

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 1Credits
ENG 1002College Communications 3
GEO 1100Geology I 14
MNG 1100Introduction to Mining 14
MTH 1050Algebra I 3
SUR 1115Surveying I 14
CHM 1206Chemistry for the Geosciences 13
The following General Education course:  3
Negotiation Labour Relations 3
 Term Credits: 24
Semester 2
CAD 1001Engineering Graphics 3
ENG 1754Technical Communication 3
GEO 1200Geology II 14
MNG 1014Mineral Resources Field Camp 11
MNG 1200Mining Methods 14
MTH 1250Algebra II 3
SUR 1225Mine Surveying 15
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 3
GEO 2305Geological Field Data Collection 15
GEO 2307Digital Map Making 2
MNG 2335Mine Layouts and Planning 5
MTH 2325Technical Math III 3
One of the following Elective courses:  4
Exploration Geophysics 14
Maintenance Planning 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Entrepreneurship 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 4
GEO 2420Intro To Structural Geology 14
MNG 1015Ground Control 14
MNG 2300Mine Blasting Techniques 14
MNG 2310Mine Ventilation 14
One of the following Elective courses:  4
Mineral Processing 14
Mineral Resource Evaluation 14
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Economics 3
Client Comm. Leadership Develop 3
Entrepreneurship 3
Media and Current Events 3
 Term Credits: 23
 Total Credits: 92


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $1,500, 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.

Graduate Options

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. 

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.

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