The Mining Engineering program celebrated 150 years in 2021. We look forward to another 140 years of educating the next generation of Mining Engineers through our work-integrated-learning (Co-op education) program. 

Labour market forecasts show that Mining Engineers are highly desirable in the workforce in Canada and around the world for a variety of career options such as field work, management and academia. This is especially true since many Mining Engineers will retire in the next decade, increasing demand for new graduates.

If you are a prospective student and you have questions on what is Mining Engineering, the admissions process, and what kind of co-op work terms and careers are available following graduation, we hope you will find this website helpful. The CMEUS (undergraduate society) news is also helpful!

What is Mining Engineering?

Mining Engineering is a complex and interdisciplinary field involving elements of geological, civil, mechanical and materials engineering.



Are there women studying Mining Engineering?

From a perspective of a female Mining Engineering Co-op student, check out Stephanie's blog!

Engineers Canada is actively engaged in promoting women in Engineering.

Many female McGill Engineering students, including Mining, are members of POWE!

What do Mining Engineers Do?

A Professional Mining Engineer can plan, design, organize and supervise the development of mines, mine facilities, systems and equipment. Moreover, Mining Engineers can also prepare and supervise the extraction of metallic or non-metallic minerals and ore from underground or surface mines.

Graduates of the McGill Mining Engineering Co-op program often get employed by a wide spectrum of careers – worldwide:
- mining, oil/gas or energy companies
- service/suppliers, e.g. consulting engineering firms or banks
- Government
- graduate studies

Experiential Learning

The McGill Mining Engineering Co-op Program (accredited by the CEAB, Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board) will give you 12-16 months’ worth of paid and relevant job experience integrated with your studies. The McGill Engineering Career Centre and the Co-op Liaison Officer assists students  to find co-op work terms. There are several career workshops and On-Campus Recruitment activities throughout the academic term.


The Faculty of Engineering offers information sessions to inform students of study exchange opportunities. McGill Mining Engineering students usually go to Australia or Chile or select universities in Canada, including École Polytechnique here in Montreal.

Visit the Outgoing Exchange Students webpage for details on how to apply. U2 students in the Mining Engineering program must attend the information session (Fall 2015) then start the application process to go on exchange in U3 (2016 or 2017).

A small, diverse community

Students in this program particularly appreciate the small program size. Close bonds are formed and relationships develop through the 4-year program. Friendly faculty and staff know the students by name, and assist in co-curricular activities throughout the year.

McGill Mining Engineering students are well known through their active involvement within the community. Many competitions take place throughout the year and students of various years have the chance to get active, get involved. For details of what's happening now, visit the Current Student Life pages. See yourself in our small, diverse community.


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