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Built for the Mine

Built for the Mine is an educational partnership between mining industry leaders and the Virginia Tech Department of Mining and Minerals Engineering. It provides hands-on leadership training and mentorship to student leaders earning a mining engineering degree. 

The program prepares students for careers in mining by enhancing goal-setting, improving interview and resume skills, developing professional paths, networking with industry leaders, and giving them access to internships and employment opportunities.  


Advancing technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and robotics and data analysis, are rapidly changing the mining industry. These innovations have made mining more efficient, improving extraction, analysis, transportation, and processing. Our department seeks to incorporate these new frontiers into our educational curriculum, with strong support from our industry partners, to train the mining professionals of the future.


If you would like to be an industry partner, or if you're a student interested in leadership and employment opportunities, reach out to us.

Our partners

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