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Mineral Resources Engineering
Programme at Universiti Sains
Malaysia

School of Materials and Mineral
Resources Engineering

There are 3 programmes within the school:



Mineral Resources Engineering


Materials Engineering


Polymer Engineering

History

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
Diploma.

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
teaching staff.


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
resources engineering.


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
popular.


Curricullum for the B.Eng (Hons) Mineral Resources Engineering

1
st

Year

2
nd

Year

3
rd

Year

4
th

Year

Basic/Core Courses

Engineering
Mathematics

Engineering Mechanics

Engineering Materials

Engineering Geology

Engineering Drawing

Numerical methods and
Engineering Statistics

Physical Chemistry

Electrical Technology

Strength of Materials

Engineering Practice

Fluid Mechanics

Mineral Deposits

Mineralogy

Geomatics Engineering

Computer

Mining Engineering
Laboratory

Comminution and Sizing

Introduction to Mining
Engineering

Ore Microscopy and
Petrology


Engineers in Society

Physical Mineral
Processing

Mining Methods and Law

Hydrometallurgy

Analytical Chemistry

Materials Transport
Engineering

Mineral Economics

Geochemical Exploration

Pyrometallurgy

Mineral Processing
Laboratory

Industrial Training

Mine and Plant Design

Geomechanics

Environmental
Engineering

Blasting Technology

Final year Project

University
Requirement

Preliminary English
Language

Bahasa Malaysia

Academic English
language

Ethnic Relations

Islamic Civilisation & Asia


English Language/Option

Bahasa Malaysia

Cocurriculum/Option

Skill courses/Option

English Language for
Technical and
Engineering

Elective Courses

Mineral Chemistry
Laboratory

Characterization of
Engineering Materials

Engineering Geophysics

Process Control

Industrial Minerals

Occupational Safety and
Health

Petroleum Engineering

Environmental Chemistry
for Engineering Practice

By looking at the curriculum now, it is the same as
that of any mining engineering course in other
universities.


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:

Mining Engineer

Quarry Engineer

Blasting Engineer

Mineral Processing Engineer

Extractive metallurgist

Drilling Engineer with Petroleum companies

Safety Engineer


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.


Core Courses


108 units

University requirement


15 units

Elective Courses



12 units

Total




135 units


Engineering Accreditation Council Requirement = 120 units


Engineering Accreditation Council (EAC) is made up of:


Lembaga Jurutera Malaysia


Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam


Lembaga Akreditasi Negara



To graduate


A Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0+
is requred.

Short courses

Industrial minerals

Geology

Blasting and quarrying

Cement processing

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.



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