The study program of Mining Engineering studies everything associated with the extraction process, especially of precious minerals and coal. To carry out the mining process, there are pre-requisite provisions such as the knowledge of minerals subject to extraction, i.e. the properties, the values, and how to process the minerals for human benefit.
Before mining for gold, it should be known whether or not the mining process to be performed is beneficial. That is, the properties of the minerals, their uses, how to mine them, also how to process them economically for human consumption should be taken into consideration. Therefore, in this study program, the students are given the economic course associated with the mineral mining process.
In the mining process, there are three major activities, namely: exploration, exploitation, and processing. Exploration is the search for precious minerals. Exploitation is the process of extracting these minerals, and processing is the activity to separate the precious minerals from other particles.
In this study program, the students will also learn of how to exploit precious minerals. What are precious minerals? Why does Mining Engineering only cover the extraction of precious minerals? What about oil? Precious minerals include gold, silver, platinum, and others. The study in oil and natural gas extraction is conducted in another study program, namely Petroleum Engineering. Different properties between crude oil and precious minerals make the mining process to be also different.
The Mining Engineering study program helps the students to develop their knowledge in mining science by providing supporting facilities and endorsing various learning methods. Mining Engineering students also have the opportunity to apply their knowledge through apprenticeship and/or final assignment in the form of research. Both can be done at the mine site.