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Mine surveying

Mine Surveying

Undergraduate Major


Mine Surveying Major


Mine surveying is a specialist area of surveying and engineering surveying.

Mining students inside a mine

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Mine surveying is a specialist area of surveying and engineering surveying. Mine surveyors measure underground and open-cut mines in detail, helping mining companies locate new mines safely. Engineering surveyors work on construction and infrastructure projects to ensure challenging building specifications are met.

Your studies will expose you to real-world environments and practices where you will develop skills in marking out, measuring and maintaining direction for all surface and underground workings on a mine site. You will also learn how to prepare and update mine surveying plans for open pit and underground workings. In your engineering surveying units, you’ll learn how to ensure civil engineering works are placed in their correct positions and orientations.

This three-year major incorporates the first two years of surveying studies at Perth with a final year of mine surveying at the WA School of Mines, Kalgoorlie campus.

You need to apply through the Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) and switch following the end of your second year, to graduate with the Bachelor of Surveying Technology (Mine Surveying).

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Professional recognition

Graduates of this course meet the education requirements of the Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety for certification as an underground or open-pit mine surveyor.

Career information


  • Engineering surveyor
  • Mining surveyor
  • Surveyor


  • Construction
  • Mining and resources

What you'll learn

  • Apply surveying principles, concepts and methods to mine and engineering surveying tasks and applications
  • Think critically and creatively to generate innovative solutions and apply logical and rational processes to analyse surveying problems by recognising and applying technologies to their advantages and limitations when applied to mine surveying
  • Access, evaluate and generate surveying, spatial and related information from multiple sources, communicate in ways appropriate to the discipline of mine surveying
  • Analyse, describe and engage in Australian and international best practice standards in mine surveying methods and technologies through self-learning skills
  • Recognise and appreciate diverse indigenous knowledge perspectives, cultures, histories as well as apply professional and mine surveying discipline specific tasks and contexts in relation to indigenous peoples, and cultural capabilities
  • Work ethically and professionally, both within a team and independently

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

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Fees & charges

Please view the Bachelor of Surveying (Honours) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

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  • Curtin course code: MJRU-MSURV
  • Last updated on: September 7, 2020