B.Tech in Mineral Engineering is a 4- year long undergraduate course. The program is divided into 8 semesters with each semester lasting a period of 6 months. In each semester, students are trained by means of both theoretical subjects and practical lab sessions.
The course is offered in India for an average annual tuition fee ranging between INR 3 to 8 lacs, variable with difference in colleges offering the course.
Upon graduation, successful graduates are placed in sectors such as education, mining industry, processing industry, capital equipment, locomotive platform and mining equipment. Such graduates can also choose to work as Consulting Engineers, Rock Engineers, Mining Managers or Mine Designers.
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Listed below are some of the major highlights of the course.
|Examination Type||Semester System|
|Eligibility||10+2 with science subjects|
|Admission Process||Based on counselling after clearing Entrance Tests (JEE Main, AIEEE, UPSEE, KCET, COMEDK) or Direct Admission for few.|
|Course Fee||INR 1.8 Lakh p.a.|
|Average Starting salary||INR 3 to 8 Lakh|
|Top recruiting companies||TATA, Ford, Hyundai, ONGC etc|
|Job Opportunities||Consulting Engineer, Rock Engineering, Mining Manager, Mine Designer.|
The course primarily focusses on interdisciplinary aspects of both sciences and engineering including mine-surveying, mining mechanization, role of robotics engineering in mining, along with emerging themes of learning related to mine environment, sustainable mining, mineral quality analytics, India-specific placer deposits, open cast coal/ iron/ aluminium/ potash/ fluorite/ and other industrial minerals.
Mining starts with survey for finding mineral deposits, executed by geologists and surveyors. Mining engineers in collaboration with geologists discover minerals. After the identification of minerals and conduction of feasibility studies, mining engineers get involved in the mining process that includes blasting and explosives. It is the responsibility of mining engineers to maximize efficiency and safety. Mining engineers are responsible for deciding and selecting the site of explosion.
B.Tech in Mineral Engineering is the branch of engineering which involves the study of techniques employed for extracting minerals from natural environment such as energy sources, non-metallic and metallic ores and solid fuels. Mining techniques include blasting, production, processing, drilling, marketing, extraction and development. Apart from these, another task of mining engineers is to check whether the project they are working on is environmentally safe and not detrimental to the natural environment. Mining engineers are skilled and competent in underground and opencast coal and ore mining.
Since India is rich in natural resources, this field of specialization offers a wide range of job prospects in the country.
Listed below are some of the top institutes offering the course in the country with the corresponding locations and fees charged by each.
|Name of Institute||City||Average Annual Fees|
|IIT||Dhanbad||INR 2. 8 Lakh|
|UPES||Dehradun||INR 2.8 Lakh p.a.|
|BPUT||Orissa||INR 1.4 Lakh p.a.|
|Anna University||Chennai||INR 2 Lakh p.a.|
|Dynamic Institutes of Aeronautical Engineering and Technology||Hyderabad||INR 1.8 Lakh p.a.|
|ICFAI||Jharkhand||INR 4.3 Lakh|
|RIMT||Punjab||INR 4.0 Lakh|
Eligibility for B.Tech in Mineral Engineering
Candidates wishing to pursue the course are required to satisfy some minimum criteria of eligibility which are all listed here.
B.Tech in Mineral Engineering: Admission Process
Admission to the course is based on rank obtained in the All India Manipal University Online Entrance Test (MU-OET), GATA (Goenka Aptitude Test for Admission), UPESEAT, JEE Main etc. and subsequently, performance in the round of personal interview.
Even though every institute follows a unique selection process, most of them accept the scores obtained in the relevant entrance tests. Colleges generally admit students based on performance in the entrance exams and in personal interviews.
For candidates belonging to Foreign/NRI category, admissions are based on score obtained in the qualifying examination.
Candidates may choose to apply under any of General and Foreign/NRI categories. Change of category from Foreign/NRI to General after admission is not entertained.
Successful graduates of the course are recruited in industries such as global mining enterprises, and in capacities like Consultants and Services Providers, Techno-Entrepreneurs, Techno- Economists at mineral mines and ore deposits. Their job positions involve responsibilities like developing freelance expertise in reliability engineering, feasibility studies in robotic applications, geo statistical evaluation of complex ore deposits, developing innovative approaches in mine-surveying, mine planning, mine ventilation designing, mineral deposit assessment, techno-managerial strategies for rover fabrication for mining at both on-land and off-land mineral deposits.
Mining Engineering figures among the most lucrative career areas and promises considerable growth opportunities in India. Successful graduates of the course can find employment in a variety of departments related to the mining industry such as operations, sales, management and engineering. Mines & Minerals Development Corporation and Mining Department of the union and State governments are constantly in need of experienced mining engineers. The range of subjects covered in the mining curriculum open doors to additional opportunities in allied fields.
Mining Engineers also have the option of working with geologists for exploring and assessing new ore deposits and conducting researches to create new and effective mining procedures and techniques. Professionals in this career can also opt for teaching jobs in universities and colleges. Private sector firms, just as well as State and central organizations, rely on the services of mining engineers.
Top recruiting industries:
Some of the top private recruiting firms in the industry are listed below:
Also listed are some of the leading government organizations that recruit successful graduates of the course.
Successful graduates of B. Tech in Mineral Engineering are placed in job positions such as the ones listed below. Also specified are the corresponding job descriptions and salaries offered for the roles.
|Job Profile||Job Descriptions||Annual Pay Scale|
|Lecturer||Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Mineral Engineering, conduct and produce results of scholarly work, actively involving students at B. Tech and post graduate levels.||Avg. 3.0 Lakh p.a.|
|Senior Mining Engineer||Mining Engineers oversee construction processes and manage technical aspects of production once the pit is open for business. They are in charge of closing mines and filling in mine shafts and also designing, developing and maintaining mining equipment, such as ventilation and extraction systems.||Avg. 3.1 Lakh p.a.|
|Short Term Mine Planner||A Short Term Mine Planner is responsible for covering all planning stages from the monthly production plan to the individual drill and blast plan on a mining bench, and to ensure a safe working environment for all technical services staff and to comply with all HSE policies issued by the company or regulatory bodies.||Avg. 4.0 Lakh p.a.|
|Mining Safety Engineers||Work involves conducting preliminary surveys of deposits or undeveloped mines and planning their development; examining deposits or mines to determine whether they can be worked at a profit; making geological and topographical surveys; evolving methods of mining best suited to character, type, and size of deposits; and supervising mining operations.||Avg. 3.5 Lakh p.a.|
|Coal Preparation Plant Manager||Working closely with the Director, Power Production & Supply and managing the Power Generation Plant, and all aspects that go along with it i.e. staffing, goals, objectives, as well as keeping up to date with training and regulations, and maintaining a top-notch leadership team.||Avg. 6 Lakh p.a.|
Some of the other profiles for B.Tech in Mechatronics engineering graduates are as follows:
|Job Positions||Job Descriptions|
|Plant Supervisor||A plant supervisor plays the role of monitoring and coordinating plant operations, as well as supervising the work activities of subordinates|
|Mine Supervisor||Supervises a staff that prepares, inspects, and works in mining projects such as underground or surface mining. Ensures the staffs perform project research, design calculations, and records accuracy of mining activities.|
|Chief Mining Engineer||The Chief Mining Engineer is responsible for the development and implementation of practical mine plans which allow for orderly development and exploitation of economically minable ore reserves.|
Remunerations of professionals depend mainly on factors such as the hiring company, job profile, qualification, skills and work experience. Successful graduates of the course can expect an average monthly starting income ranging between INR 20, 000 to 25,000. Candidates with higher qualification, more reputed colleges or more experience can expect higher salaries.
The number of jobs in mining and geological engineering is expected to expand by 6% by 2024, in line with the national average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov).
A semester- wise breakup of the course spread over 4 years and 8 semesters is given in the table below.
|Semester I||Semester II||Semester III||Semester IV|
|Physics I||Physics II||Mathematics III||Methods of Surface Mining|
|Mathematics I||Mathematics II||Mining Geology||Exploration Geophysics|
|Design Thinking||English Communication||Introduction to Geology||Mine Machinery|
|Environment Studies||Engineering Graphics||Mine Development||Mine Planning & Design|
|Engineering Mechanics||Basic Electrical & Electronics||Mine Surveying||Mineral Economics & Exploration Risk|
|Workshop Technology||Computer Programming||Open Elective I||Mine Ventilation|
|Chemistry||Electrical & Electronics Lab||Mine Surveying lab||Open Elective II|
|Engineering Workshop Lab||Physics II Lab||Mining Geology Lab||Mine Planning Lab|
|Physics Lab I||Computer Programming Lab||-||Mine Machinery Lab|
|Chemistry Lab||-||-||Ventilation Lab|
|Semester V||Semester VI||Semester VII||Semester VIII|
|Methods of Sub Surface Mining||Mine Environmental Engineering||Mining Hazards and Rescuing Operations||Mine Legislation & Safety|
|Rock Mechanics||Underground Coal Mining||Underground Metal Mining||Program Elective IV|
|Mineral Processing Technology||Geostatistics||Mine Management||Commercial Polymetallic Mining & Simulation|
|Open Elective III||Program Elective II||Program Elective III||Mining of Deep- seated Deposits|
|Program Elective I||Mineral Exploration and Strategic Decision Analysis||Occupational Health & Safety||Mine Hosting|
|Application of Remote Sensing in mining||Applied Rock Mechanics & Numerical Modelling||Material Handling System||Program Elective V|
|Solid Fuel and Clean Coal Technology||Sustainable Mining & Geopolitical Negotiations||Environment Impact Assessment||Mine Plant Design|
|Rock Slope Technology||Placer Mining||Secondary Mining||Collaborative Mining & Legal Due Diligence|
|Extra Terrestrial Mining||Petroleum Exploration||Hydrogeological Management||Radioactive Mineral Deposits & Validation|
|Rock Mechanics Lab||Sand Ming||Major Project I||Major Project II|
|Mineral Processing Lab||Minor Project II||Industrial Training||-|
|Minor Project I||Industrial Visit||Comprehensive Viva II||-|
|-||Rock Mechanics Lab||-||-|
|-||Mine Ventilation & Engineering Lab||-||-|