BEng Mining Engineering UP

By | January 5, 2021

BEng Mining Engineering UP

The profession of the mining engineer encompasses a wide spectrum of engineering work, from mine evaluation to industrial control. For instance, he may undertake the evaluation of a new mining project as soon as the discovery and geological confirmation of a mineral deposit have been completed. If such a mineral deposit is found to be viable, mining engineers will design the mine to exploit the mineral deposit. Where the mineral deposit is close to the surface, an open-cast mine will be preferred, but for deeper deposits, an underground mine will be planned. A mining engineer will co-ordinate the construction of such a mine and bring it to the stage where it starts producing. A typical mine has a lifespan of 20 to perhaps 100 years. The design of the mining excavations with their equipment and services, the planning of all the activities and the management of the operation at all levels are the responsibility of the mining engineers. They will also provide expert advice or control drift building, rock breaking, rock drilling, blasting, mechanical tunnel development, mine climate control, mine ventilation, air conditioning, air purification, water purification, studies of rock mechanics, support of excavations, devising mining methods as well as design and development of equipment.

BEng Mining Engineering UP

   Since its inception in 1961 the Department of Mining Engineering at UP has contributed hugely to the mining industry by providing it with world-class mining engineering leaders. The Department has established a sound foundation for future development of its teaching, research and community service. It is actively involved in the community with staff participating in the activities of professional societies, as well as through expert consultation and community projects within the Faculty.
Developing our students to become future managers, leaders and technical specialists remains a priority and students are actively encouraged to hone their life skills and responsible leadership abilities through participating in student activities. Mentorship and coaching as part of experiential leadership add to the quality of the fourth-year academic programme. Students’ behaviour and practices are monitored as part of our support strategy. Shortcomings are addressed through a personal development plan drawn up for each individual student.

BEng Mining Engineering UP

Chemical and Mining Engineering
Mr MJ Makhasa
012 4202142
joseph.makhasa@up.ac.za