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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

Prepare for a career in the dynamic mining industry in one of the nickel mining capitals of the world – Sudbury, Ontario.

Our nationally-accredited program is the only one of its kind in Ontario and will provide you with the skills and hands-on experience to become part of underground or open pit mine engineering teams anywhere in the world that are 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.

In your third year, you will further develop practical skills in surveying and GIS, mine ventilation planning, mine design, and project management. This skill set is highly valued by employers across the mining industry and enhances your career opportunities within this exciting sector.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • Accredited by Technology Accreditation Canada
  • The only Mining Engineering Technology program in Ontario
  • Field trips to mine sites and/or mining suppliers
  • Gain a solid foundation in technical reports, project planning and design, surveying, geology, AutoCAD, mine development, environmental management, and more


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).

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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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
Semester 5 - Fall 2018
Semester 6 - Winter 2019

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
GEO 1100Geology I 4
ENG 1002College Communication 3
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
Semester 5
MNG 1001Geoscience Applications 3
MNG 3500Mine Ventilation Planning 5
MNG 3531Scheduling-Estimating/Mine Projects 4
MNG 3625Applied Geomechanics 5
MTH 2332Applied Calculus 3
SUR 3600Surveying III 4
TEC 3501Technical Report Research 1
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 6
GEO 3611Mineral Economics Project Mgmt. 5
GIS 3600GIS Applications 3
MNG 3525Mine Services 4
MNG 3545Applied Mine Design 3
MNG 3611Mine Problems Equipment 4
TEC 3601Technical Report 1
 Term Credits: 20
 Total Credits: 139

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 $800. 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 the operations of all sizes of underground or open pit mines and may be employed in the mine engineering office or in mine production as a supervisor.

Some graduates may work in more specialized areas such as:

  • Rock mechanics
  • Mine ventilation
  • Air conditioning
  • Mine safety

Many technicians/technologists may also work for government agencies or as technical sales representatives with the industrial suppliers who service this large industry. Others may elect to work overseas. A career in mining may offer travel opportunities, varied living environments, and experience with other cultures and people.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

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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