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Why Mining Engineering?

  • The average starting salary for a graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mining engineering is $64,338*—a starting salary that ranks as the fourth-highest nationwide
  • A mining engineering degree opens up numerous career paths with mineral corporations, federal and state agencies and engineering firms
  • The diversified needs within the mining industry means students can choose a specialty from a variety of interests, whether mine design, excavation or safety
  • Responsible mining of the earth’s resources requires engineers who can employ environmentally sound practices

Top salaries, plenty of opportunity in a strong field and a part in safely and responsibly delivering our needed natural resources…why not mining engineering?

*Source: National Association of Colleges and Employers 2015 Salary Survey

Why Mining Engineering at UK?

  • The University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering is one of only 13 such programs in the nation
  • Get hands-on experience through summer internships with real mining companies throughout the country
  • Students who earn scholarships and participate in the summer internship program can graduate from UK without student loan debt
  • Student organizations, national conferences and research field trips provide incredible opportunities for national and even international travel
  • Small class sizes allow for individual attention from faculty members
  • Companies come to our campus to recruit you for summer internships and full-time employment
  • Summer employment opportunities pay anywhere from $10,000-$15,000 per summer and employers often cover travel and lodging expenses

The Department of Mining Engineering at UK offers a unique education filled with stimulating classes, fascinating travel destinations and unbeatable internships—and that’s all before graduating debt free and landing a salary of over $60,000 per year. This is one program every student with an interest in engineering should seriously consider.