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  • Practical experience
    In the fourth semester, students eligible for graduation may receive mine training at a local mine, subject to industrial participation. This training, known as "Basic Underground Common Core" supports the educational experience at Cambrian.
  • Academic Title
    Mining Engineering Technician Diploma
  • Course description
    Semester 1
    # ENG1551   -   001   -   Writing Fundamentals: Ind. Study

    This course is required in the first semester of most post-secondary programs at Cambrian. The purpose of the course is to allow students to develop their independent learning skills and to review the fundamental conventions of Standard English.

    # ENG1552   -   002   -   Technical Writing I

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 This is the first communication course for technology at Cambrian. Students practice the fundamentals of technical writing by preparing short documents, researching technical information, and presenting oral reports. In this course, students meet General Education requirements by researching the growing impact of technology on society and by heightening their critical thinking through research.

    # GEO1100   -   004   -   Geology I

    This course provides an introduction to mineralogy, igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks, weathering and erosion, structure of the earth, and geologic time.

    # MNG1100   -   004   -   Introduction To Mining

    This course deals with a discussion and description of major operations in mining and the various techniques used in these operations. An examination of the development work that prepares the ore for mining will also be covered. A general description and study of all underground processes, as well as surface methods, including placer mining, open pit, and stripping will be included.

    # MTH1050   -   003   -   Technical Mathematics I

    This course covers applications of basic mathematics to the solution of problems involving physics and engineering technology. Basic ideas of physics and use of mathematical methods to solve problems in these areas are introduced. Topics include computational methods, basic algebra, linear equations and right-angle trigonometry.

    # SUR1115   -   004   -   Surveying I

    Students will learn the use and care of surveying equipment and instruments, theory and measurement of horizontal distances, theory and practice of differential levelling using various types of levels, theory and measurement of horizontal and vertical angles using different styles of theodolites, format for recording of field notes and related calculations, errors and corrections in surveying, determining azimuths, bearings, latitudes, departures and coordinates, and an introduction to traverses.

    # TCA2301   -   002   -   Intro to Geoscience Computer Appl'n

    Students apply computer applications to solve engineering and mathematical problems and to create and enhance reports and presentations. Software include file handling, spreadsheets, databases, graphics manipulation, and Internet applications including e-mail, browsers, and search utilities.

    Semester 2

    # CAD1100   -   002   -   Computer-Aided Drafting I

    Prerequisite: IMM 1155 (for IMTN students only) This is a hands-on course utilizing a computer to perform computer-aided drafting using the latest version of AutoCAD. Topics include drawing construction, scaling, editing, dimensioning, layering, entity controls and blocks, with the objective of producing industry-standard drawings.

    # ENG1751   -   001   -   Job Search Skills: Ind. Study

    Prerequisite: ENG 1551 Through guided independent study, students will explore the job search process in detail and gain a comprehensive understanding of the theories and practices that lead to successful job searching and career planning. This course will also encourage further development of the independent learning skills and strategies practiced in ENG 1551 and 1581.

    # ENG1752   -   002   -   Technical Writing II

    Prerequisite: ENG 1552 In this course, students refine their technical communication skills by preparing written and oral responses to a variety of work related situations. As well, students complete a resume and other projects to assist them with their employment search. In the context of Cambrian College's General Education program and Generic Skills Standards, the course provides the opportunity for students to develop an understanding of work and the economy and of the relationships among individuals and society.

    # GEO1200   -   004   -   Geology II

    Prerequisite: GEO 1100 This is an introduction to geologic time, structural geology, topographic and geologic maps, earth structure, and Sudbury area geology. Lab exercises will be related to these same topics and will include lab identification of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks.

    # MNG1200   -   004   -   Mining Methods

    Prerequisite: MNG 1100 This course is a study of the basic surface and underground mining methods, which are applied in the mining industry. An emphasis upon modifications to and techniques used within the various methods are reviewed. Underground mining includes metalliferous mining methods with a hard rock mining context for different types of ore deposits. Open pit and open cast mining methods will be reviewed. An introduction to coal mining and novel methods in both an underground and surface context will be included.

    # MNG1211   -   001   -   Mineral Resources Field Camp

    All first year mining students attend an one-week intensive field camp in late April. They complete a variety of geophysical, geological, surveying, and mining related exercises at multiple locations in and around the Sudbury Basin. Students will generally work in groups to apply a broad array of problem solving skills learned during the first two semesters of the program.

    # MTH1250   -   003   -   Technical Math II

    Prerequisite: MTH 1050 This course will strenghten the student's ability to apply algebra and trigonometry in technical applications. Topics covered include algebraic factoring, algebraic fractions and fractional equations, formula manipulation, graphing and interpreting sine and cosine waves, the trigonometry of a circle, exponents and logarithms, exponential and logarithmic equations, and an introduction to statistics. The course will emphasize the solution of word problems related to the electrical field.

    # SUR1220   -   005   -   Surveying II

    Prerequisite: SUR 1115 This course covers locating and installing survey stations, traverse and coordinate calculations, determination of irregular areas, calculations and field location of circular curves, field determination and plotting of profiles and cross-sections, cross-sectional area and quantity determination, contours, alignment techniques, introduction to electronic distance measurements, computer applications for various survey projects, in addition: for civil - vertical curves, route surveys, grade stakes, and slope stakes, for geology and mining - line and grade, drill hole layout and pick-up, raise location and control.

    Semester 3
    # GEO2301   -   007   -   Field Geology Lab

    In this course, students will gain an understanding of the skills necessary for field and underground mapping, including use of Brunton and Silva compasses, pacing, plotting, sketching, layout and use of a field grid, use of maps and/or photos for control and the use of GPS for navigation and location. Conversion of field maps to digital maps using scanning and digitizing technology and software will be covered. Drawing of finished maps and interpretive sections will be completed manually and on computer. Preparation of a technical report will also be included.

    # GEO2433   -   002   -   Core Logging

    This course covers the role of the drill geologist as well as drillhole layout and drill set-up guidelines. Hands-on lithological and geotechnical core logging, data management and interpretation are also covered. Students are introduced to a framework for the collection of data from the drill core in order to minimize the possibilities for errors and maximize the information collected from the core.

    # MNG2305   -   007   -   Intro to Mine Geology & Design

    This is an application of mining, geological and surveying knowledge to produce working layouts for production and development openings typical of most mines. Both conventional and CAD based techniques will be applied. Mine and geology engineering procedures and selected industrial problems will be examined as well. An introduction to elements in the mine planning process including elementary mine production scheduling will be covered. An introduction to SURPAC Vision will be made to illustrate definition drilling and ore deposit modeling. The Occupational Health and Safety Act of Ontario (with Regulations for Mines) will be examined as it applies to this key area.

    # MTH2325   -   003   -   Technical Math III

    This course is designed to cover the application of statistics to engineering problems. It covers and introduces the student to the collection and analysis of data, sampling methods, the use of the normal curve, confidence intervals for means and proportions, tests of hypothesis for means and proportions, the determination of sample size and regression analysis.

    ANY 1
    # GEO2311   -   004   -   Exploration Geophysics

    This course is an introduction to the application and use of the most common types of geophysical surveys including magnetic, gravity, and frequency and time domain EM. Each technique will be covered using a combination of lecture and fieldwork.

    OR
    # MNG2330   -   004   -   Mine Equipment Maintenance & Safety

    This course will introduce mining students to the Mine Mobile Equipment Maintenance program used in different mines. The importance of Preventive Maintenance will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to various pieces of equipment, company maintenance organization, and safety standards related to mine mobile equipment.

    Semester 4

    # CHM1206   -   003   -   Chemistry for the Geosciences

    This study of the structures of elements and compounds and how they relate to crystal structure is designed specifically for mining technicians. Practical application of chemistry will consist of mineral processing and refining techniques of chemistry, stoichiometry in chemical reactions, and corrosion, and pollution control. Laboratory work stresses the analysis of mineral by instrumental means.

    # GEO2420   -   004   -   Intro To Structural Geology

    Prerequisites: GEO 1100 and GEO 1200 In this descriptive study of folds, faults, and joints, the application of structural geology in mineral exploration and mine development is stressed. Lab work is based on the solution of three-dimensional problems in structural geology that are related to mineral exploration, diamond drill programs, and mine development.

    # MNG2300   -   004   -   Mine Blasting Techniques

    Prerequisite: MNG 1200, MNG 1100 This course is intended to prepare the student to cope with the problems encountered when blasting in the mining industry. Students will learn to select explosives and make blast designs with proper layouts for development production drilling. Troubleshooting techniques will allow for the solution of blasting performance problems. Troubleshooting and adjustment to blast design will use observational methods as well as blast vibration monitoring technology. The emphasis in this course is on the effective use of a modern blasting technology to operate efficiently and effectively in the mining environment.

    # MNG3000   -   005   -   Ground Control

    Prerequisites: MNG 1100, MNG 1200 This is a common sense, practical approach to underground mine opening stability. Major emphasis will be on rock mass conditions, opening shape, selection and evaluation of support systems, effect of mining methods, and instrumentation. Emphasis will be on the hard rock underground mining environment dealing with both structural and stress driven opening stability problems and support solutions.

    # MTH2400   -   003   -   Technical Math IV

    Prerequisites: MTH 1050, MTH 1250 The foundations of differential calculus are introduced through a review of functional notation, the graphing of functions, and the determination of slope using the two-point method. The concept of limits is developed to determine the slope of the tangent to a curve and to derive the value of e. The formalized derivatives of common algebraic, exponential, and trigonometric functions are then applied to applications such as related rates and determination of rates of change, maxima and minima, and related rates and differential.

    ANY 1

    # MNG2310   -   004   -   Mine Ventilation

    Prerequisites: MNG 1100, MNG 1200 This is an introduction to mine ventilation and the mine environment, including practical experience in measuring airflows and common contaminants. The occurrence of contaminants in mine air and their control will also be studied at the introductory level.

    OR
    # GEO2410   -   004   -   Sedimentary Rocks And Stratigraphy

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