Number of mine engineering graduates continues to increase

By |  June 24, 2015

According to the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s (SME) 2015 Guide to Minerals and Materials Science Schools, 356 mine engineering degrees (BS, MS, Ph.D.) were awarded to students graduating from U.S. mining schools in 2014. The number of graduates from U.S. mining and mineral engineering programs has increased steadily since 2004.

Mining is one of a handful of sectors that will add jobs at a fairly constant rate over the next 20 years. Although there has been a decline in the number of mining and mineral engineering programs at U.S. colleges and universities, there continues to be a noticeable increase in the number of graduates in those programs. The industry demand for qualified graduates to enter the workforce will only intensify as vacancies are created by current professionals reaching retirement age.

Pit & Quarry’s Operations Handbook has been used in the curriculum of some mine engineering programs.

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