South Dakota Mines Campus At Sunset

Office for Professional Education

The Office for Professional Education (OPE) at South Dakota Mines provides industry partners with continuing education programs and courses to help keep employees current with new technologies, train them in new skills, enable a smoother transition from a different industry and promote life-long learning.  

OPE was created to respond to significant industry demand for professional development courses and certificate programs. The Office for Professional Education develops, administers, and delivers short-courses, workshops, professional development courses and certificate programs intended for industry-specific professionals. 


The team at South Dakota Mines creates a learning environment that is perfect for working professionals interested in learning the mining industry.  They present industry-specific knowledge that has helped my team and I grow, thus allowing us to better serve our mining customers.” 

- Justin Sanchez, Global MineStar Training Manager


Office for Professional Education

Andrea Brickey, Ph.D., P.E., Director​

South Dakota Mines
Office for Professional Education

501 E. Saint Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Current Course Offerings

  • Mining Industry Primer
  • Mining 360
  • Surface Mining
  • Underground Hardrock Mining

Mining Industry Primer

Flyer (PDF)

Start Date

January 18th, 2023

11 Modules

Weekly 1.5 hr Virtual Sessions


$4,000 per Person