Career Overview

Why Mining Engineering?

Mining Engineering offers a truly rewarding and exciting career, taking you practically all over the world, and working closely with a wide range of engineering professionals from mechanical, electrical, geological, chemical, metallurgical, and environmental engineering. This exciting field does not just deal with safe and profitable extraction of valuable minerals form the ground, but also involves very exotic construction challenges and highly specialized projects.

Today's mining engineer travels widely all over the world and is constantly involved in various aspects ranging from design, planning, development, operations, production, environmental compliance, marketing, sales to financial diligence, legal and management issues. So, if you like to work in an intense, team oriented, highly specialized, challenging environment and travel the world, this is the major for you. You will get intimately hands-on with various aspects of drilling, blasting (explosives), heavy earth moving equipment, as well as utilizing state of the art computer aided design and management of operations. Our students in the Mining Engineering program are active in several industry organizations, and also get excellent summer internships. Recent students have worked all over the United States, as well as Bolivia, South Africa and Australia.

Companies hiring recent graduates include: Kiewit, Barrick Gold, Peabody Energy, Cliffs Natural Resources, Newmont Mining, Granite Construction, Goldcorp, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton, Strathmore Minerals, Freeport McMoRan, Caterpillar, US Steel, Baker Hughes, Cloud Peak Energy, Kinross Gold, Lafarge, Cargill
Average starting salary: $66,413 (2012-13)

Placement rate: 98% of 2012-13 SDSM&T graduates are working in their career field or pursuing advanced degrees.

Welcome to Mining Engineering- the world awaits you!