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The University of Queensland

UQ LogoEngineering at The University of Queensland

The University of Queensland offers engineering students the largest choice of study areas, a wide range of quality resources and access to more award-winning teachers and researchers than any other university in Queensland. The University’s reputation for excellence and world-renowned engineering curriculum ensure graduates are highly sought after by employers and research institutions within Australia and overseas.

The UQ Bachelor of Engineering is a four-year degree program that provides students with:

  • Sixteen engineering study areas
  • Excellent employment opportunities strengthened by UQ’s world-class reputation
  • A general first year (optional) for students who haven’t decided in which area of engineering they want to specialise
  • Award-winning lecturers and researchers
  • Hands-on experience (60 days of industry experience minimum)
  • Advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills to meet industry needs.

UQ is particularly well regarded for its strong links with industry, which means that engineering students get access to expert industry knowledge, practical experience and opportunities to develop relationships with employers prior to graduation.

Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Metallurgy)

What is chemical and metallurgical engineering?

Metallurgical engineers play a key role in ensuring the sustainability of our modern society. Almost everything in our material world, even our major energy sources, is derived from minerals or from recycled materials.

UQ ImageIt is the role of the metallurgical engineer to develop, design and operate processes that transform these low value raw materials into useful, high value mineral and metal products.

If you are looking for an interesting career which offers variety, hands-on problem solving, major high-tech projects, high salaries with prospects for international travel, you should find out more about this option.

The industry provides generous, well-paid vacation work to enable you to obtain practical experience in the industry before you graduate, and scholarships to assist you to pay tuition fees.

Where will I work?

Metallurgists find employment in a wide range of companies; employment prospects are excellent. Metallurgists are in demand and are well-paid. Positions for metallurgical engineers are available in production operations, engineering design, consultancies, laboratories, marketing, finance and commerce, and in research and development. There is a choice of locations; mine sites, regional or capital cities throughout Australia and overseas. This is a truly international profession with a choice of employment and lifestyle opportunities.

Bachelor of Engineering (Mining)

What is mining engineering?

Mining engineering is concerned with the extraction of valuable ores from the ground for processing and utilisation. It covers all phases of mining operations, from exploration and discovery, through feasibility, development, production, processing and marketing, to final site rehabilitation. Mining engineers assess if a new mineral discovery is of sufficient size and quality to warrant the costs of extraction, transportation and marketing. The mining industry is highly mechanised, highly automated and capital-intensive and uses the most sophisticated technology available. Some mining engineers choose to specialise in basic engineering sciences, such as rock mechanics, excavation engineering, ventilation or transportation.

Where will I work?

The employment prospects for mining engineers are excellent. Mining graduates from UQ are in high demand and highly paid. Most mining engineers are employed by mining companies, initially at the mining centres where minerals such as gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc, uranium ores, and coal are extracted. Some mining engineers choose to specialise in operations while others, such as technical specialists and senior managers move to the major cities where head offices of companies tend to be located.

Mining engineers often work for international companies, leading to opportunities for overseas travel and employment. A large number of the remote mine sites operate on a fly-in-fl y-out basis (FIFO). The facilities at most remote mine sites are second to none. Mining students have access to a wide range of scholarships and get well-paid, industry-based vacation work throughout their study programs.

Since 2007 UQ has joined forces with the universities of NSW and Curtin (WASM) to deliver a common year 3 and 4 mining engineering curriculum. This exciting development, known as Mining Education Australia (or MEA), is funded by the Australian Minerals Industry through the Minerals Council of Australia.

More information

More information on the range of programs available at UQ can be found at The University of Queensland website.

For more information about UQ’s programs in engineering, please visit the School of Engineering website.

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