Mine Automation

Gaining expertise in advanced mine automation, through courses in machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data analytics, will place engineers at the technological cutting edge of our future mining and resources industry.

The mining sector is in the midst of a profound digital transformation—known as "Mining Industry 4.0"—encompassing mobile computing, cloud data storage, big data and analytics, advanced process control and automation. Consequently, there is high demand for engineers with the capability to plan, design, and manage these high-tech operations.

Mine automation

You can major in Mine Automation in our:

A major enables you to specialise by completing a series of courses within your degree in an area of interest. The University of Adelaide is the only university in Australia currently offering a Mine Automation major. It includes courses in: artificial intelligence; machine learning; big data analytics; autonomous systems; and robotics.

The Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Mining) is closely aligned with industry. The University of Adelaide is one of four Australian universities delivering a common curriculum in years 3 and 4 of the degree, in collaboration with Mining Education Australia.

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Careers in mine automation

Mining, resources and energy is one of Australia's highest paid industries. As a mining engineer you may be employed by mining and resources companies. For example, graduates have been employed by BHP Billiton, Hillgrove Resources and Rio Tinto, as:

  • geotechnical engineers
  • environmental engineers
  • drilling and blast engineers
  • mine planning engineers
  • geostatisticians.

Set on engineering but don’t meet the entry requirements?

We want to ensure everyone with a passion for engineering can pursue it. If you don’t have the prerequisites to directly enter an engineering degree, but attained a Selection Rank of 70 or above and completed SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent), consider our engineering pathway program. Successful completion will guarantee you a place in your preferred Adelaide engineering degree. Find out more about the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) – Engineering Pathway.