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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 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.

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 (when available)
  • 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 fourth and fifth 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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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

Advanced Standing

Graduates of Cambrian's Mining Engineering Technician (MNTN) program or equivalent may apply to enter directly into Semester 5 of the Mining Engineering Technology (MNTY) program.  This is a competitive process.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Winter 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Spring 2018
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2018
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2019
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2019
  6. SEMESTER 6 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
GEO 1100Geology I 14
ENG 1002College Communications 3
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
Semester 5
MNG 1001Geoscience Applications 3
MNG 1016Mine Ventilation Planning 14
MNG 1017Applied Geomechanics 14
MNG 3531Scheduling-Estimating/Mine Projects 4
MTH 2332Applied Calculus 3
SUR 3600Surveying III 14
TEC 3501Technical Report Research 1
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 6
GEO 1005Mineral Economics Mining 3
MNG 1020Mining Project Management 3
GIS 3600GIS Applications 3
MNG 1018Mine Problems Equipment 13
MNG 3505Environmental Management for Mining 13
MNG 3525Mine Services 14
MNG 3545Applied Mine Design 3
TEC 3601Technical Report 1
 Term Credits: 23
 Total Credits: 138


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

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.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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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