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Training and Preparation for Mining Careers


Training and Preparation for Mining CareersCanada 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.

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