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Surface Mining Technology


Surface Mining Technology courses are not being offered at this time due to limited activity in the Southern Arizona mining industry.  Please check back.

This degree covers a broad range of knowledge and professional skills in industrial plant, electrical or diesel technology.  Gain experience working in a surface mine. 

Program/Major Codes: AASSMT/SMT

What can I do with this degree?

Career Options:  Work in the Mining Industry as a surface miner.

Academic Options: While this program was not designed to transfer to a 4-year university, it may apply toward Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) or other programs. See Pima’s Transfer Partnerships page to determine which universities offer BAS programs, and research how the universities may accept this program in transfer.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements

This section lists general education requirements that are not fulfilled by core or support courses. Select a course to fulfill the C or G requirements.*

Communication Requirement 6
Analysis and Critical Thinking Requirement 6
Humanities and Social Science Requirement 6
Computer and Information Literacy Requirement 1-3
Subtotal 19-21

Required Core Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
SMT 101 Mine Safety 1
SMT 106 Basic Rigging for the Mines
SMT 190 Surface Mining Technology Internship I 2
SMT 191 Surface Mining Technology Internship II 2
SMT 290 Surface Mining Technology Internship III 3
SMT 291 Surface Mining Technology Internship IV 3
SMT ELEC SMT Electives: select 100-level courses 17
Subtotal 29

Required Support Courses

Course # Course Title Credits
SMT ELEC SMT Electives: select 100-level or higher courses 12
Subtotal 12
Total 60-62

 * In the general education categories, select a course marked "C" (Cultural diversity) or "G" (Global diversity).