Sustainably supplying people with mineral resources is an important task for the present and future. Specialists are needed to develop efficient mining and preparation methods as well as intelligent recovery systems, in order to ensure sustainable handling of the Earth's resources. Graduates from the field of mineral resources and disposal engineering contribute greatly to making sure the following generations' need for mineral resources can be met.
Bachelor graduates from the mineral resources field or other engineering disciplines can use a Master's program to go from being an all-around generalist to a specialist: Specialization fields such as mining and recycling are offered. Students advance the knowledge and skills they gained in the Bachelor studies Sustainable Resources and Energy Supply with the specialization fields mining and recycling to work on complex technical and organizational problems. Law and management courses contribute to this advancement.
Students become intensively familiary with their specialization in two years. In an additional internship they are able to implement what they learned in their studies early on. Mineral resource engineerings begin their professional careers equipped with comprehensive technical knowledge, experiences in project and team work, and the awareness for technical and business questions in the mineral resources industry.
This course of study consists of a mandatory and elective component and a specialization. The foundation is formed by the mandatory section, which all students complete together. An elective block enables students to select courses from a catalogue. Although the elective component only makes up 20 percent of the Bachelor course of study, it makes up 80 percent in the Master's studies. A set curriculum is completed in the selected specialization.
Mineral resources engineers specializing in xxtraction study the detection of deposits, extraction of minerals using environmentally compatible and economically feasible technology, and the legal requirements governing mineral extraction. They decide which extraction methods to use in individual projects, and develop efficient extraction systems. Students learn about the characteristics of resources, occupational health & safety, geodata management, marketing the resources extracted, as well as fundamental legal and economic knowledge. Mineral resources engineers specializing in sustainable extraction design underground structures and tunnels in special civil engineering, work as development or sales engineers of machinery manufacturers, as blasting engineers for explosives manufacturers, or they work for business consulting firms.
Mineral resources engineers specializing in the mine surveying elective survey deposits and infrastructures using modern metrology methods, they document and assess geo- and basis data using geoinformation systems, and work on potential georisks in minerals extraction. When choosing the specialization in process technology, students will concentrate on designing and modelling processing systems and deal with the actual processing or conditioning of mineral raw materials.
Mineral resources engineers specializing in recycling work on recycling secondary raw materials. Among others, they are responsible for modeling processing processes as well as designing and commissioning processing systems and plants, they develop and optimize conversion technologies for plastics and paper and recycling of valuable metals such Fe/Ne metals.
Resource-extracting and -processing industries (mineral oil, natural gas, coal, geothermal energy, ores, precious metals)
Due to their interdisciplinary, academic education and training, graduates of the Mineral Resources Engineering M.Sc. course of study often work in management of companies in the resources industry, environmental technology, or in the energy sector. In addition, they can also assume regulatory, expert and consulting functions in the resources industry. They can now also increasingly be found in business consulting firms, insurance companies or banks. Due to an enormous demand for expertise and modern technology in the resources industry, mineral resources engineers are currently highly sought after all over the world.
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