Mining is an important industry that uses advanced technologies, providing the raw materials and energy resources needed to sustain our standard of living.
The global minerals industry is experiencing unprecedented growth. And with that growth comes a pressing need for engineering professionals who are committed to high standards and are prepared to handle the important health, safety, and environmental issues facing this critical industry. Mineral industry professionals use their knowledge of engineering, geology, and mining to solve complex problems associated with the safe extraction of resources from the earth. Engineers and scientists explore for valuable resources, design surface and underground mining operations, and reclaim sites when operations cease. They help to enhance the health and safety of these operations and diminish potential environmental impacts. Pennsylvania is home to large, state-of-the-art mines; government research laboratories; and suppliers where new mining technologies and work practices are continually being developed and refined. While these companies and laboratories offer exciting, high-paying jobs for talented professionals, they have had difficulty finding professionals with a background in mining engineering. To address this issue, the Swanson School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh has created a Certificate in Mining Engineering for undergraduates and graduates. These programs are designed for current engineering and science students within the Swanson School of Engineering and for professionals with science and engineering degrees already working in the mining industry. Developed in consultation with mining industry stakeholders, these programs prepare engineering and science graduates to excel in a field ripe for growth and critical for meeting societal needs.