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CG24 - Associate Degree of Mine Operations Management (Specialisation)

About Mines Operation Management

Queensland has vast resources of minerals and energy. There are bands of coal rich strata from Collinsville in the north to Milmerran in the south. Queensland is Australia’s largest producer of coal and Australia is the largest exporter of coal in the world. Growth in the minerals industry needs people with technical skills to develop and operate mines in a safe and environmentally sensitive manner. 

Graduates from this program often find employment like:

Underground Mine Manager - On successful completion of the Associate Degree which includes completion of the mandatory Black Coal Competencies to be eligible to sit for the First Class Mine Manager's Certificate ( Underground Coal Mine, Queensland).

Senior Mining Supervisor, Mining Superintendent, Mining Manager - On successful completion of the Associate Degree which includes completion of appropriate Black Coal Competencies at AQTF levels 5 & 6, assures the standard of vocational skills of graduates.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

Graduates would be expected to find employment in underground or surface coal mines (depending on specialisation) throughout Australia. 

For students studying the underground specialisation, the University courses plus the black coal competencies in this program are aimed to meet the educational prerequisites to be eligible to sit for the examination of the Board of Examiners for the First Class Mine Manager’s Certificate of Competency (Underground Coal Mines, Queensland).

For students studying the surface specialisation, the black coal competencies in this program are aimed to assist Site Senior Executives in ensuring mines have persons with appropriate competencies to manage mines safely and efficiently.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - External
Courses/Units of Credit 96 units of credit
Faculty Sciences, Engineering & Health
How to Apply

Domestic - QTAC

QTAC codes: 852335 External

Entry Requirements

Domestic - Prerequisites - All students are required to be employed in the mining industry, in work appropriate to their course of study. In order to complete the required competencies. Those undertaking the Underground Coal specialisation must have their Mine Deputies Certificate or be prepared to gain this qualification during the period study.

Professional Accreditation

not applicable

Residential School

There are 2 compulsory residential schools for both specialisations: ENAG11008 and ENAG11007 . The Underground specialisation also has a compulsory residential school for CHEM11041

See Residential Schools for dates

Practicum/Work placement

not applicable

Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal ADMOM 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes not-applicable

Program Aims

This program aims to provide an integrated education pathway into underground or surface coal mine management. The program incorporates university engineering management and safety, science courses and (dependent on specialisation) statutory black coal competencies. The 4 year part-time program is designed to develop the skills and knowledge to meet the needs of underground or surface coal mine management.

This program has generic, management and technical components that will enable graduates to contribute to and participate in underground or surface coal mine management, depending on the specialisation studied.

Program Structure

96 units of credit 

This program is aimed at the education of mining operations management in 1 of 2 specialisations: 
 

  • underground coal; and
  • surface coal.

This program is only available for external part-time study.

All students enrol in a common first year and then select a specialisation.

Courses Offered

Year 1

The below program structure is valid for students commencing this program in 2008.  For continuing students who entered the program prior to 2006, please refer to the Transition documentation.

All students enrol in a common first year and then select a specialist stream. In the first year of study students complete:

Please note:  * There is a compulsory 3 day residential school for ENAG11008 Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice  held early in Term 1. Non attendance may result in forced withdrawal from the course.

Course Code Course Name
Term 1
MATH11160 Technology Mathematics
ENAG11008 Professional and Sustainable Engineering Practice
Term 2
Black Coal Competencies  
ENAG11002 Energy & Electricity

Students will then enrol in the prescribed courses for a specialist plan. 2 plans are offered.

Underground specialisation

NOTE: Students in the Underground Specialisation are to enrol into CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences instead of CHEM11007 Introductory Concets of Chemical Sciences.

Course Code Course Name
Year 2 - T1
ENAG11001 Engineering Drafting
CHEM11041 Chemistry for the Life Sciences
Year 2 - T2
ENAG11007 Engineering Investigation and Analysis
Black Coal Competencies  
Year 3 - T1
ENAG11005 Mechanics
Black Coal Competencies  
Year 3 - T2
ENAG11003 Engineering Materials
ENAR11001 Resource Geology
Year 4 - T1
ENAR12004 Mine Management and Safety
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
Year 4 - T2
ENEG12003 Engineering Project Management
Black Coal Competencies  
Surface specialisation
Course Code Course Name
Year 2 - T1
ENAG11001 Engineering Drafting
Black Coal Competencies  
Year 2 - T2
OCHS12005 Risk Management and Safety Technology CQ26
ENAG11007 Engineering Investigation and Analysis
Year 3 - T1
ENAG11005 Mechanics
Black Coal Competencies  
Year 3 - T2
ENAG11003 Engineering Materials
ENAR11001 Resource Geology
Year 4 - T1
ENAR12004 Mine Management and Safety
OCHS13008 Human Factors CQ26
Year 4 - T2
ENEG12003 Engineering Project Management
Black Coal Competencies  

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