This course will include the material covered in the Introduction to Underground Mining Methods and the Introduction to Mine Safety courses and expand the topics to provide a more detailed investigation of the processes and systems involved in the physical extraction of mineral resources from the ground. Underground mining methods currently being used at operating mines in the north will be highlighted including mining terminology, equipment used and careers possibilities. Students will gain valuable experience in the operation of underground equipment through the use of a full-scale mining equipment simulator. Other topics covered will include ground control, ventilation, engineering, and blasting with aspects of mine safety emphasized throughout. Field exposure and guest speakers will be incorporated at every opportunity to provide current, up-to-date industry information. Career and employment opportunities will be investigated.