Mining Engineering is an exciting field for the sheer number of possibilities it presents. It ranges on a broad spectrum of engineering skills including mechanical, electrical, geophysical, computer science, and others. Starting out with high average salaries of $68,000 per year, the Mining Engineer can undertake countless job opportunities including manufacturing, planning, design, management, operations, marketing, and many more.
Put simply, our vision for the Mining Engineering Department is to be internationally recognized as the world’s premier center for education and applied research in the diverse fields of mining and underground construction and tunneling. This vision spans across numerous interdisciplinary areas of study. Through collaborations with other Mines departments, academic institutions, government agencies, and industry, we are committed to expanding the international reputation of the department for excellence in education, research, industry service, and community outreach.
The Mining Engineering Department:
- Is ranked the #1 minerals and Mining engineering program in the world (QS World Ranking)
- Is located in Golden, Colorado adjacent to the Colorado Mineral Belt
- Operates the Edgar Experimental Mine
- Has a well-known high-profile faculty with relevant industry and research experience
- Provides an outstanding hands-on student experience in a small department setting
Mining Engineering Department's DI&A Initiative
Our DI&A Mission
To be a multidisciplinary community that values the intrinsic worth of all of its members, recognizes our shared values, and embraces our differences. We will include all persons in our community, promote wellness among all of our members, foster a spirit of openness and active engagement, and strive to be diverse and inclusive in every aspect of department operation. In doing so, we will ensure a full educational opportunity for all who teach in, learn in, and interact with our department.
The DI&A Vision for the Mining Engineering Department: The commitment to diversity, inclusion, and access is infused into every action taken by our Mining Engineering community, including our words, actions and decisions within department meetings, curriculum and courses (both face to face and online, and external interactions. Our department stakeholders are committed to raising our retention and graduation rates and promoting ally-ship among our faculty, staff, students, and external stakeholders so that we demonstrate equal opportunities of success for all.
Ongoing DI&A Activities
Our MNGN DI&A committee secured a grant from the WEND Collective to hire an external consultant to lead workshops for staff, students, and faculty from our department and the Geology and Geological Engineering Department. A series of 6 workshops are currently in progress where we are examining DI&A related topics in more depth and developing our skillsets to foster more diverse, inclusive, and accessible learning and work environments.
DI&A Resources and News
For more resources, you can find them on the Mines Diversity webpage.
In the news for the Mining Engineering Department’s DI&A Committee members:
- Mining engineering course recognized by UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network
- Doga Cagdas Demirkan: "Mines is the number one ranked school in the mining engineering field—that’s why I chose to come here."
- Mines to build advanced geosciences lab for non-destructive analysis of drill core
- New on The Conveyor podcast: Changing the economics of mining
In 2024, the year of our 150th anniversary, we will celebrate Colorado School of Mines’ past, present and possibilities. By celebrating and supporting the Campaign for MINES@150 you will help elevate Mines to be an accessible, top-of-mind and first-choice for students, faculty, staff, recruiters and other external partners. The Mining department’s goals for Mines@150 include upgrading facilities, scholarships, and continuing to build on student experiences both in the classroom and out in the field. When you give, you are ensuring Mines becomes even more distinctive and highly sought-after by future students, alumni, industry, and government partners over the next 150 years. We look forward to celebrating Mines’ sesquicentennial with you and recognizing the key role you play in making the MINES@150 vision a reality through your investments of time, talent and treasure. Give now