Canada is a leader in the international mining industry and its post-secondary programs are world class.
More than 25 colleges and nine universities in Canada offer mining programs ranging from certificates to PhDs.
What Kind of Training Do I Need for a Career in Mining?
Professional or technical positions in the minerals and metals industry require a designation from a post-secondary institution. Physical scientists and professional engineers require university degrees, and technologists and technicians require the completion of a two- to three-year diploma program from a college or technical institute. The skilled trades require journeyman certification.
Approximately 59 percent of employees in the minerals and metals industry have completed an apprenticeship or post-secondary education program.
Mining programs are available in BC at the following institutions:
BC Institute of Technology (BCIT) – offers trades programs for the mining industry as well as technology and degree programs.
Camosun College – offers transferable programs in mining engineering.
College of the Rockies – offers mining apprenticeship programs for electricians and heavy-duty mechanics.
Malaspina University-College – offers the first year and selected courses in the second and third year of the four-year B.Sc. in Earth Science that can be transferred to SFU, UBC or UVic.
Northwest Community College – the School of Exploration and Mining offers training in various areas of mining and exploration.
Simon Fraser University – the School of Resource and Environmental Management offers graduate programs in resource and environmental management.
University of British Columbia – the Institute of Mining Engineering offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in mining engineering; the faculty of science offers programs in geology and earth sciences.
University of Northern British Columbia – offers various programs in natural resources management and resource-based tourism.