Underground engineering and management


The Mining Engineering Minor focuses on future uses of underground resources. This industrial field is deeply rooted in the history of the Ecole des Mines de Paris and has proved more active than ever.
From depths varying from a few tens of centimetres to several thousand metres, underground resources are the subject of three types of industrial activities:
- the exploitation of mineral resources, the historical field for this Minor, which covers the whole range of depths referred to (open cast mining to gold mines at more than 2000 m below ground in South Africa);
- crude oil extraction, which is conducted in increasingly complex technical conditions (horizontal boring or boring in deep water);
- and, more recently, the development of underground space management which makes use of the immediate subsoil for installing utility networks (gas, water, etc.), transport infrastructure, and even living space in urban areas and also uses the at medium depths for overcoming obstacles (tunnels under the English Channel, under the Alps, under the Straits of Gibraltar) or for implementing underground storage facilities for hydrocarbons or waste.


The mining professions are fundamentally pluridisciplinary as they involve both underground experience and the exact sciences (defining a rock formation can only be partial). Consequently, the Minor is principally aimed at teaching an approach to the analysis of a problem in a field that is virtually unknown to the student, rather than an in-depth study of a scientific discipline. It is a matter, first and foremost, of observing in order to conduct a personal analysis of a problem, to confront that analysis with that of the various participants and to move on, step by step, to the modelling of phenomena, the validation of the model and, ultimately, to its implementation within an industrial framework. The scope of this approach extends well beyond the framework of underground working, and there is no shortage of opportunities for implementing it in the career of an engineer (who has regularly to face issues hitherto completely unfamiliar).

Program Language Duration Supervisors
French 266 Hours Jean-Alain Fleurisson
Damien Goetz
ECTS Credits : 42

Last modification :Wednesday March 6 2013