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.

Faculty members will guide your progress and understanding through examples gained from industry experience, field trips in the renowned Sudbury basin and surrounding area, and hands-on demonstrations. You will benefit from a variety of experiential learning opportunities, including activities at an active mine site (if available) to gain a broad understanding of the various aspects of mining engineering as well as communication and leadership skills.

In your third year, you will complete advanced courses virtually to further develop skills in scheduling and estimating, mine design, mine ventilation and services, 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

Fieldwork/Placement

There is a field camp for 10 days following the end of the second semester.  Students complete applied projects related to study areas within the mining program.

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.

Accreditation

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) or (U)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U) (MCT4C is highly recommended)

Recommended:

  • Any grade 12 physics (C) or (U)
  • Computer competency in relevant software
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Program Delivery

2022-2023

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2022
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2023
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2023
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2024
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2024
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2025

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

Program of Study for 2022-23 Academic Year 

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
GEO 1100 Geology I 1 4
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
MNG 1100 Introduction to Mining 1 4
MTH 1050 Algebra I 3
SUR 1116 Surveying I 5
One General Education course. 2 3
 Credits22
Semester 2
CAD 1001 Engineering Graphics 3
ENG 1754 Technical Communication 3
MNG 1014 Mineral Resources Field Camp 1 1
GEO 1212 Geology II 3
MNG 1200 Mining Methods 4
MTH 1250 Algebra II 3
SUR 1225 Mine Surveying 1 5
CHM 1206 Chemistry for the Geosciences 3
 Credits25
Semester 3
GEO 2305 Geological Field & Data Collection 1 5
MTH 2325 Technical Math III 3
MNG 1019 Maintenance Planning 4
MNG 2335 Mine Layouts and Planning 5
MNG 2301 Mining Health and Safety 3
MNG 2340 Technical Computer Applications 3
One General Education course. 2 3
 Credits26
Semester 4
GEO 2420 Intro To Structural Geology 1 4
MNG 1015 Ground Control 1 4
MNG 2425 Mine Services and Vent I 3
MNG 2435 Applied Mine Survey and GIS 3
MNG 2430 Mineral Resources and Economics 4
MNG 2300 Mine Blasting Techniques 1 4
One General Education course. 2 3
 Credits25
Semester 5
MNG 1017 Applied Geomechanics 1 4
MNG 3531 Scheduling-Estimating/Mine Projects 4
MTH 2332 Applied Calculus 3
TEC 3501 Technical Report Research 1
MNG 3501 Mine Services and Vent II 4
MNG 3547 Applied Mine Design 4
MNG 3508 Mining Project Management 4
 Credits24
Semester 6
TEC 3601 Technical Report 1
Course TBD 12
 Credits13
 Total Credits135

Fees

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 an estimated $650 for mandatory 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
  • Project Management
  • Mine safety
  • Technical sales
  • Mine supervision
  • Mine administration/contracts

Graduates 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.