Mineral Resources Engineering
Programme at Universiti Sains
School of Materials and Mineral
There are 3 programmes within the school:
Mineral Resources Engineering
Prior to 1984, A Bachelor of Applied Science and
Mineral Technology was offered at USM
In 1984, an Engineering programme for the
Mineral Industry was introduced namely the B. Eng
(Hons) Mineral Resources Engineering.
It is a four
year programme. Qualification to enter
is satisfactory result in the HSC, matriculation or
USM started the School of Materials and Mineral
Resources Engineering in 1984 in Pulau Pinang.
In 1986 moved to a temporary campus in Ipoh. In
1990 move to a permanent campus in Tronoh.
Then the whole campus moved to new site in
Nibong Tebal when UTP bought the Tronoh
campus from USM.
Initially the course was run by lecturers in Geology
and Chemistry background. Ironically none from
the graduates of the former B Sc in Applied
Science and Mineral Technology USM formed the
Initially not much input from mining engineers
except from the late Dr Hussin (Director of the
Mines Research Institute of the Department of
Mines Malaysia) and a few other mining engineers
on part time basis.
Mining engineers are not attracted to work at
USM mainly the pay at a government
university are not attractive.
Also many (include some mining engineers)
thought that mining is a sunset industry
USM maybe the only university in the world and
Malaysia that offered a programme in mineral
An external examiner commented the programme
is about equivalent 70% of the Mining Engineering
degree in the University of New South Wales.
Other universities (outside Malaysia) offer courses
in mining engineering, mineral process
engineering or mineral engineering.
In a way it could be a blessing in disguise. In the
80s the word mining in Malaysia is not that
Curricullum for the B.Eng (Hons) Mineral Resources Engineering
Numerical methods and
Strength of Materials
Comminution and Sizing
Introduction to Mining
Ore Microscopy and
Engineers in Society
Mining Methods and Law
Mine and Plant Design
Final year Project
Islamic Civilisation & Asia
English Language for
Occupational Safety and
for Engineering Practice
By looking at the curriculum now, it is the same as
that of any mining engineering course in other
So the mineral resources engineering at USM are
accredited and the PE will be registered under the
mineral resources engineering discipline.
Graduates of Mineral Resources Engineering after
graduation work as:
Mineral Processing Engineer
Drilling Engineer with Petroleum companies
Academic requirement for students to graduate
1 unit or 1credit
hour is defined as 1 contact hour per week
for 14 weeks in 1 semester.
Engineering Accreditation Council Requirement = 120 units
Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) is made up of:
Lembaga Jurutera Malaysia
Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam
Lembaga Akreditasi Negara
A Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0+
Blasting and quarrying
Complains from the quarrying industry is that USM
mineral resources engineering graduates do not
stay long. The main reason is that they are paid
quite low as compared to their peers working in the
mines and factories or even in the government
sector or teachers.
So they don’t focus and try to get jobs at the
industries or being a teacher.
Thus we loss the manpower trained in mining and
quarrying to other industry such as manufacturing.