Mining and TunnelingMaster

27538
Leoben – Austria
English, German
Master 

Duration: 24 Months



🌐 Leoben University for Mining and Metallurgy
🌐 Mining and Tunneling

COVERED DISCIPLINES / SKILLS IN THIS PROGRAM

Business Management Area

1.1 Mining in a global environment
   1.1.2 Understands mine ecomics and the minerals market and their influence on mining systems
   1.1.3 Understands the impacts of commodity price fluctuations
   1.1.4 Facilitates the implementation of environmental, engineering, mining and social best practices
1.2 Production analysis and mine optimisation
   1.2.3 Conducts simple financial analyses for optimisation projects
   1.2.5 Understands the basic KPI's used in mining (e.g. $ /oz etc.)
1.3 Organisational structures
   1.3.1 Understands the organisational, hierarchy and information flows for typical mining businesses and operations
1.4 Financial operations and production costs
   1.4.1 Understands business development principles applicable to the mining industry
   1.4.4 Identifies the significant cost areas related to the operation
   1.4.5 Delivers cost/benefit analyses
1.5 Managing mining operations – Monitoring and compliance
   1.5.1 Reviews planned operations
   1.5.2 Oversees the implementation of plans and risk management
   1.5.3 Reports outcomes to senior management and defines objectives
   1.5.4 Reports outcomes and recommendations to relevant stakeholders
1.6 Management
   1.6.1 Manages the business, managerial capacities
   1.6.2 Manages change and risk, adapts to new situations
   1.6.3 Manages projects, organisations and teams. Leadership
   1.6.4 Prepare and manages budgets and assets. Allocate resources
   1.6.5 Manages contracts, contractors and consultants
1.7 Risk management
   1.7.1 Develops and implements risk management strategies and plans

Business Geomechanics and Technical Mine Area

3.1 Modelling, analysis and design
   3.1.1 Reviews engineering geology and geotechnical data (including Identifies hazards and modes of failure
   3.1.2 Designs testing programmes for geotechnical studies. Undertake geotechnical testing
   3.1.3 Conducts rock mass and soil classifications
   3.1.4 Understands rock and soil characteristics and identifies failure indications, fundamentals of rock mechanics
   3.1.5 Conducts mine geotechnical mapping
   3.1.6 Incorporates geology and geomechanic information when selecting mining methods
   3.1.7 Provides input on geotechnical issues that influence drill and blast designs
   3.1.8 Designs ground support and stope stability plans (e.g. underground, coal, hard rock)
3.2 Implementing designs and plans
   3.2.1 Procures and installs (or supervises the installation of) ground support
   3.2.2 Assesses risk and implements controls and associated monitoring
3.3 Integrated mine design
   3.3.1 Recommends methods, equipment and processes
   3.3.2 Develops initial design
   3.3.3 Uses simulation and other techniques to optimise designs
   3.3.4 Monitors implementation of mine design
3.4 Mine rehabilitation and closure
   3.4.1 Establishes project and evaluate plans
   3.4.3 Manages rehabilitation including monitoring and reporting processes
3.5 Monitoring ground stability
   3.5.1 Oversees the implementation of plans
   3.5.2 knowledge of how to reviews progress against plans and take measures accordingly
3.6 Drilling, blasting and rock cutting explosives
   3.6.2 Designs drill and blast patterns (e.g. spacing, burden, charge, fragmentation)
   3.6.3 Controls fragmentation size by blasting
   3.6.4 Understands and applies knowledge and experience of production drilling operations and equipment
   3.6.5 Determines the most suitable drill and blast techniques to achieve desired outcomes
   3.6.6 Understands and uses drill and blast software
   3.6.7 Identifies hazards, assesses risk and implements suitable controls

Mining Equipment and Systems Area

5.1 General Mining equipment and systems
   5.1.1 Uses key factors to select suitable mining machines (e.g. operational characteristics, costs, productivity, and performance)
   5.1.3 Evaluates the performance of mining equipment and machines, including to inform scheduling. Monitors equipment delays
5.3 Loading systems
   5.3.1 Understands the characteristics of loading equipment and operations
5.4 Haulage systems
   5.4.1 Designs roads and haul roads with correct cambers, drainage, traffic consideration etc.
   5.4.2 Prepares haulage and trucking plans
   5.4.4 Designs and develops schedule plans for continuous haulage systems (e.g. conveyor systems)
5.5 Mining software
   5.5.1 Demonstrates proficiency in using at least one mining software package (e.g. VULCAN, DESWIK, XPAC)
   5.5.2 GIS knowledge
   5.5.3 Demonstrates proficiency in using 2D CAD software

Mineral Production and Processing Area

7.2 Grade control
   7.2.1 Applies the quality blending and sampling logic of a site. Understands the implications of marginal stockpiles
7.3 Comminution and sizing
   7.3.1 Recognises the characteristics of different comminution and sizing equipment and their limitations
7.5 Further treatment
   7.5.2 Application of thermal, mechanical, chemical processes to optimize material properties
   7.5.3 Materials quality control
   7.5.4 Design, operation and maintenance of processing and treatment plants for minerals, industrial rocks, dimensional stone and waste material
7.6 Recycling and secondary mineral raw materials. Circular Economy
   7.6.5 General knowledge on the renewable sources of energy
   7.6.6 Knowledge on the regulatory barriers for secondary raw materials
   7.6.7 General knowledge of the principles of circular ecomy, climate change and the recycling market

Mining Methods Area

4.1 General mining methods
   4.1.1 General knowledge of mining methods and operations
   4.1.2 Comprehends 3D mine plans
   4.1.3 Understands the importance of cycle time and its impact on mine productivity
   4.1.4 Understands how the planning, geology and mine operations teams work together
4.2 Surface mining methods
   4.2.1 Understands the design methods and standards used in pit, ramp and dump design
   4.2.2 Calculates basic pit/dump designs and overall pit wall angles for given design parameters
   4.2.3 Designs truck and shovel excavations
   4.2.5 Optimises open pit design (e.g. Whittle)
4.3 Underground mining methods
   4.3.1 Selects a mine stoping and method system for a generic ore body
   4.3.3 Designs stope, roof and galleries support
   4.3.4 Conducts underground testing of support elements
4.4 Fill systems
   4.4.1 knowledge of how to designs mine backfilling systems, including delivery and quality requirements
4.5 Reclamation
   4.5.2 Management of residues and effluents: collect, store and reuse

Mining Services Area

6.1 General services and planning
   6.1.1 Measurements, site planning, management and follow-up of engineering projects
   6.1.2 Earth movement control
6.4 Ventilation
   6.4.1 Understands and applies the key principles to mitigate air pollution and toxic gas concentrations in underground mining
   6.4.2 Uses ventilation software to model ventilation systems
   6.4.3 Designs efficient ventilation systems for underground mine designs
6.6 Communications systems
6.7 Surveying
   6.7.1 Undertakes basic mine surveys
   6.7.2 Interprets survey data, plans, maps and photos
   6.7.3 Manages surveying operations

Generic, Health and Social Task Area

8.1 Environment
   8.1.1 knowledge and management of environmental impact assessment studies
8.2 Workplace health and safety
8.3 Communication
   8.3.3 knowledge of a foreign relevant-word wide spread language (English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc.)
   8.3.4 Using internet in a critical manner as communication tool and source of information
   8.3.6 Listens and communicates effectively. Chairs meetings. Prepares documents and reports
   8.3.7 Promotes company, industry and profession
   8.3.8 Ability to communicate Earth Science issues with the wider society
8.5 Sustainability
8.6 Self-management
   8.6.1 Accepts responsibility
   8.6.2 Develops and maintains networks
   8.6.3 Initiative and entrepreneurship spirit
8.7 Working with people
   8.7.1 Works effectively in interdisciplinary and international teams
   8.7.2 Recognises diversity and multiculturalism (knowledge of other cultures and customs