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Building a Second Century of Mining Excellence in Northern Ontario

Apr 20, 2021

The Haileybury School of Mines at Northern College is developing new practices and partnerships to continue to build on our long history of mining excellence as we enter our second century of operations.


Northern has been offering innovative education and well-regarded training for workers in the mining sector since 1912 with the world-renown Haileybury School of Mines – graduates of whom are often called upon to lead mining operations around the globe.  The College also offers Research and Development opportunities through the Northern College Innovation Hub, a state-of-the art facility harnessing the talent of students coupled with the needs of a fast-paced and ever-changing industry on state-of-the-art equipment.

After completing any of Northern’s mining programs, graduates can easily integrate into the mining and extractive sector. To support the need for ready-access to top-notch education, programming is delivered through a combination of instructor-led virtual classroom delivery, leading-edge e-learning experiences, face-to-face labs, and when needed, on-site training at locations across Ontario.

Northern College delivers two main types of mining education programming.

The first is a wide range of responsive industry-based training with over 15 different types of programming including Mining Essentials, Underground Hard Rock Miner, Surface Diamond Driller, Battery Electric Vehicle training, Mill Process Operator, and a variety of trades apprenticeships.  Each program is meant to upskill a workforce or develop needed skills in the community.

The second type of programming is post-secondary education offered through the Haileybury School of Mines at Northern College. One of the current full-time post-secondary programs offered include the Mineral Exploration Techniques Certificate (1-year), designed for those interested in gaining entrance to and/or a competitive advantage in the mineral exploration job market. This program provides learners with the entry-level knowledge and skills needed to function as a valuable member of a mineral team on grassroots projects involving mine-site exploration.

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The Mining Engineering Technician Diploma (2 year) has intakes in both January and September of each year, and teaches students to become technicians as part of engineering teams involved in exploration, planning, development and operation, as well as mineral extraction and environmental control. Recently added courses in Mining Economics, Project Management, and Ground Control and Ventilation bring an even greater number of modern mining issues into the classroom.    

The Innovation Hub, a newly-built mining-centric 23,000 square foot wing of the College is an integral part of Northern’s advanced learning experience, delivering opportunities for learners to work alongside industry professionals using College’s facilities, equipment and faculty to increase productivity, solve a workflow issue, or create a new product or piece of equipment. Coupled with government funding, the College supports industry’s initiatives to respond to this fast-paced sector and integrate new technologies for maximum potential.  The Hub includes manufacturing and prototyping labs, a post-printing space, mining exploration lab, machine shop, alternative energy lab, and a simulated reality lab. With new experiential learning prospects happening in all technology and trades programs, new capacity for research opportunities at Northern is truly limitless.

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