May is Mining Month! In one form or another, mining has existed since the beginning of civilization. Many parts of the world, including our own Kootenay region rely on mining as a major generator of wealth and employment. Mining also provides materials for things we use every day, like buildings, vehicles, cell phones, transportation networks, and food production.
College of the Rockies programming supports the vital mining industry through many of our Trades programs, our Haul Truck Operator program, and our newest program – Wireless Systems Technician. But careers in mining are not limited to driving giant haul trucks or maintaining equipment and technology.
University Science courses at the College, including Geography, Geology, Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science are also important areas of knowledge for the mining industry. The College provides both first- and second-year university-level courses in these areas as well as an Associate of Science degree and an Associate of Science in Environmental Science.
Additionally, our Engineering certificate provides the Common Core Engineering curriculum for BC and can be transferred into a second-year Engineering degree at many universities. Some of the degree options include Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Electrical or Mechanical Engineering. Any of these options can support the mining industry. In fact, WorkBC lists mining engineer as a high opportunity occupation.
Of course, the mining industry, like most industries, is also reliant on support professionals who help keep things running efficiently and effectively. Administrative professionals are so important, they have earned their very own “day” (the Wednesday of the last full week of April). College of the Rockies Office Administration program, available fully online, prepares students to fill these vital roles by introducing students to the office, business, and technological skills needed to make an impact.
So, if you’re thinking of a career in mining, don’t limit your opportunities. There are many paths to a fulfilling mining career. Happy Mining Month!