Oct 02, 2022  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Mining Engineering: APE (CTE)

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Associate of Pre-Engineering | 68.5 credits minimum

Program Division Natural Science
Program Location Taylorsville-Redwood Road Campus, Room SI 241
General Information (801) 957-7522
Program Information (801) 957-4418
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Professors - Nick Safai
Associate Professors - Holly Moore, Francis Afghan, Lee Brinton, 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 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.

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.

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested sample schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

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.

Understand the fundamentals of physical science, in particular inorganic chemistry, geology and physics.

Understand the fundamentals of engineering, in particular statics, dynamics, and strength of materials.

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

Demonstrate competence in both creating and interpreting engineering drawings.

Understand the mathematical tools necessary to perform engineering calculations - in particular Vector Calculus, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations.

Develop an effective problem solving strategy.

Use these mathematical tools and strategies to solve engineering

Be able to solve complex problems in engineering and science using critical thinking skills.

Develop the laboratory skills necessary to design and perform scientific and engineering experiments, and to be able to interpret collected data.

Understand the environmental and social impact of engineering activities and the techniques required to mitigate those impacts. 5
Understand the ethical impacts of engineering decisions and the requirements for ethical behavior of an engineering professional. 6
Develop engineering computing skills, and use them to solve problems. 7


General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Quantitative Literacy (QL)

American Institutions (AI) Choose One Course (3 Credits) from the Following

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).

Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Social Science (SS)   3


Advising Notes

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

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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