For a UBC Mining Engineering Graduate...
Can you tell us more about the mining engineering profession?
Mining engineering is the discipline that deals with extracting valuable minerals from the ground, and a good mining engineer will need to figure out the most cost and time-effective way to do so. I actually made a short 2 min video on this topic: https://youtu.be/3CFVGU9WJUo
What is some advice you would give high school students when applying to your program?
Know the pros and cons of the mining engineering career before you jump into it. While the pay can be very lucrative and the work is intellectually stimulating as you'll be required to draw knowledge from a variety of engineering and some business disciplines, the main drawback is that you'll likely spend a good chunk of your time away from big cities in the first 5-10 years of your career. Depending on the mine that you're working at, you may be stationed there to work Monday - Friday, or you maybe work shift schedules such as 1 week on, 1 week off, in which case you can travel back to your home city, but live in camp while you're on shift. There will likely be some lifestyle sacrifices early on in your career.
Do you feel there's a good support/transition program for freshman students?
No, I don't think there was, although I think UBC is starting to ramp up the tutorial and mentoring available to students.
How would you describe your first year at UBC?
The first year was tough as we had to take the fundamental engineering courses in math, physics, chemistry, and English. The courses were dry, and the transition from high school to university was very difficult even though I did the IB diploma program and got course credits for one of the first-year elective courses.
A very special thank you to our interviewee...
Mining Engineering Graduate from UBC 2019
Hello! I graduated from UBC in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in mining engineering, and am currently working as a mining engineer with Suncor Energy. I chose to study as a mining engineer since it is a very integrated discipline that draws from many engineering fields, as well as mineral economics/finance, not to mention the opportunity to work outdoors and great career mobility. In my free time, I am an avid travel photographer, a volunteer with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and a big fan of Overwatch. I am also passionate about bringing mineral literacy to the general public through Mining2Me (https://www.youtube.com/c/mining2me) and showcasing the mining engineering career through my YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/kwanfung).