Mining Engineering - Courses, Colleges, Career, Scope and Salary

Mining Engineering is a rapidly growing branch of engineering in India; Image Courtesy:

Mining Engineering is one of the most interesting branches of engineering which teaches general engineering course followed by professional mining classes in drilling and blasting, materials handling, rock mechanics, mine health and safety, mine ventilation, mine cost engineering, ore reserve analysis, operations analysis, mine planning and minerals processing, etc.

Mining engineers are needed in mineral extraction and other fields where the earth’s crust is utilized. The construction industry, with its requirements of developing roads, railroads, tunnels, and underground chambers, and the hazardous waste disposal industry are examples of such applications.

The main function of mining engineers is to put the knowledge of scientific theories, engineering fundamentals and developed technologies to discover and recover natural resources in a profitable manner.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 10+2 Science with Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics is mandatory for admission into the Mining Engineering course.

  • Entrance exams are conducted at the state and national level for admission into B.E. or B.Tech.

  • One can pursue M.E. or M.Tech as well after qualifying GATE and completion of graduation.

  • PhD can be taken up after completion of postgraduate studies. 

National Mining and Development Corporation is the leading company for Mining Engineering graduates; Image Courtesy:

Career and Job Prospects

  • Mining engineers are responsible for locating and safely extracting natural reserves like petroleum, minerals etc.

  • The duties of mining professionals also include designing, planning, excavation of minerals and their transportation, maintenance of mines, air circulation and removal of toxic gases from the mines.

  • Companies like the ONGC, Coal India, Geological Survey of India, HCL, IPCL, Neyvelli Lignite Corp., NALCO, TISCO, TELCO, Reliance and MNCs like British Gas and Schlumberger recruit graduates directly from the top campuses like ISM and IITs.

  • The National Institute of Rock Mechanics, Kolar Gold Fields (Kar), recruits mining graduates/postgraduates as Project Fellows.

  • Diploma-holders in mining engineering with a Mines Foreman’s Certificate of Competency from DGMS are recruited as Sr Operative Trainees.

  • Companies like NALCO pay a decent stipend for the duration of training which is 18 months.

Salary Package

Starting salaries of mining engineers is among the highest in the engineering profession. The average salary of a Mining Engineering graduate is INR 880,000.

The salary increases with skills, experience and performance. Graduates from IITs and NITs get more salary as compared to other engineering colleges.

IIT Kharagpur is the top ranked university for Mining Engineering in India

Top 10 Colleges/Institutes for Mining Engineering 2017

1IIT KharagpurWest Bengal
2IIT – BHUUttar Pradesh
3Indian School of MinesJharkhand
4NIT SurathkalKarnataka
5Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology NagpurMaharashtra
6NIT RourkelaOdisha
7Indian Institute of Engineering Science and TechnologyWest Bengal
8NIT RaipurChhattisgarh
9Anna UniversityTamil Nadu
10Acharya Institute of Technology BangaloreKarnataka


State Wise List of Engineering Colleges


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