Jun 28, 2022  
2020-2021 SLCC General Catalog 

Mining Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 70.5 credits minimum

Natural Sciences and Engineering Division
Taylorsville Redwood Campus SI 241
General Information 801-957-7522
Program Information 801-957-4418
Program Website
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Program Faculty
Professors - Lee Brinton, Holly Moore, Nick Safai
Associate Professors - Sara Farida
Assistant Professors - James Smith, Wesley Sanders, Andrew Vogt, Quentin McRae

Program Description
Mining engineers are responsible for planning, designing, organizing and supervising the development of mines and the related facilities, equipment and infrastructure.  The field is closely related to Geological and Civil Engineering.  The program emphasizes basic science and core engineering principles.  Students who complete the A.P.E. will be prepared to enter their junior year in Mining Engineering at a 4-year institution.

Career Opportunities
Mining Engineers are employed in mining companies, manufacturing companies, state and federal agencies and engineering consulting firms.  

Transfer/Articulation Information
The associate of pre-engineering degree in Mining Engineering is a transfer degree similar to the associate of science degree, but has reduced General Education requirements. Current accreditation board of engineering and technology (ABET) standards require upper-division General Education courses. Engineering students who complete this degree may apply for advanced-placement at an engineering school, but must complete General Education requirements at the senior institution.

Admission into an engineering major program at a transfer institution depends upon the receiving institution’s requirements for that major. Some major programs are restricted and require special application as well as a competitive GPA. See an Academic Advisor at both SLCC and the intended receiving institution for specific articulation information.

Estimates Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Engineering textbooks can be very expensive and range from $30 to $300 apiece. The cost can be minimized by planning ahead to purchase used books or approved back editions. Plan on $300 to $500 per semester for textbooks and course fees.

Estimated Time to Completion
4 to 6 semesters depending on student preparation.  Students who do not enter the program ready to take MATH 1210  will require extra time.

Program Entry Requirements
The Mining Engineering program requires as a prerequisite a science-oriented high school curriculum which includes as much mathematics, chemistry, physics and English as possible. Students who do not qualify to enter MATH 1210 , CHEM 1210  and ENGL 1010  should take prerequisite courses before entering the first semester of their program. Students who need to take preparatory courses to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program. Consult with the academic advisor concerning these courses. It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite courses. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Be prepared for further study in Mining Engineering or a related discipline at a four-year college or university by completing a course of study comparable to that required in the first 2 years at the University of Utah.


Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of physical science, in particular inorganic chemistry, physics and geology.
Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of engineering.


Demonstrate competence in both creating and interpreting engineering drawings, using modern computer tools.

2, 7

Demonstrate an understanding of the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.
Use these mathematical tools and strategies to solve engineering problems.


Solve complex problems in engineering and science using critical thinking skills and an effective problem solving strategy.


Demonstrate the laboratory skills necessary to design and perform scientific and engineering experiments. Interpret experimental data.

3, 4

Demonstrate an understanding of the environmental and social impact of engineering activities and the techniques required to mitigate those impacts.


Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical impacts of engineering decisions and the requirements for ethical behavior of an engineering professional.


Develop engineering computing skills, and use them to solve problems.


Demonstrate competence in technical report writing, other written communication and in oral communication of technical concepts.



General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL) 1 course

American Institutions (AI) 1 course

Distribution Areas (9 credits)

Choose an additional nine credits from two of the following Distribution Areas. We recommend one of the courses should also be a Diversity course (DV).

Advising Notes

We recommend FA 1080 Basic Metal Sculpting (FA)  as a fine arts distribution course for Engineering majors.

Well prepared math students may substitute MATH 1080  for MATH 1050  plus MATH 1060 .

Additional Program Notes

Students may wish to complete general education requirements at SLCC in order to reduce their course load during the junior and senior year at the receiving transfer institution.  Please consult with the Engineering advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.

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