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Mining Technology

Dig deep with a modern mining tech education you can complete entirely online. Choose a track: electrician, engineering operations, mechanic, operator or supervisor.

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What is Mining Technology?

The Mining Technology program focuses on the knowledge needed to succeed in the coal mining industry. Emphasis is given to the statutory rights and safety procedures in all offerings, including the self-rescuer device, transportation controls, communication controls, mining conditions, mining methods, and mining cycle. You will operate and troubleshoot virtual mining equipment. Upon graduation from the program, you will be knowledgeable of escapeways, emergency procedures, roof control, ground control, ventilation, health hazards, clean-up and rock dusting, health and safety aspects of assigned task, mine gases, explosives, and first aid. Kentucky Coal Academy scholarships are available for Mining Technology students

Students also have a 100% Online Option with scholarships available. 

What are my career choices?

A growing need for experienced employees creates opportunity in a high demand field. Your training and education will allow you to fill positions in multiple areas. 

  • Continious Miner Operator 
  • Roof Bolter Operator 
  • Shuttle Car Operator 
  • Scoop Operator 
  • Excavator Operator 
  • Dozer Operator 
  • Haul Truck Operator 
  • Surface Supervisor 
  • Underground Supervisor 
  • Electrician 
  • Mechanic 
  • Welder 

What degrees and certifications are available?

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

  • Electricians Track (62 credit hours)
  • Engineering Operations Track (61-63 credit hours) ONLINE PROGRAM
  • Mechanics Track (62-65 credit hours)
  • Operators Track (60-66 credit hours)
  • Supervisors Track (62 credit hours) ONLINE PROGRAM


  • Inexperienced Underground Trainee (3 credit hours) 
  • Inexperienced Surface Trainee (2 credit hours) 
  • Mining Technician Assistant II (8-10 credit hours)
  • Mining Technician I (9-12 credit Hours) AVAILABLE ONLINE
  • Mining Technician II (18-22 credit hours)
  • Surface Field Mechanic (11-13 credit hours)
  • Surface Operator ( 9-11 credit hours)
  • Surface Supervisor (13-18 credit hours)
  • Underground Mechanic/Electrician (28-35 credit hours)
  • Underground Operator (7-9 credit hours)
  • Underground Supervisor (16-21 credit hours)

Experiential Credit for Certifications 

Students with mining experience can be awarded class credit, based on the information below. 

  • Underground Miner Card - MNG 160 Elements of Underground Mining
  • Surface Miner Card - MNG 170 Elements of Surface Mining
  • Mine Foreman - MNG 150 Mining Laws, MNG 286 Roof Control and Ventilation, MNG 274 Mine Safety
  • EMT/MET - KHP 190 First Aid & Emergency Care
  • Electrical Card - AIT 1001 Basic Electrical Knowledge, AIT 1002 Power Development, AIT 1101 Electrical Power Distribution, AIT 1201 Electrical Installation
  • OSHA, must be 10 or above - AIT 160 Workplace Safety 

Scholarship Information

Mining Technology majors are eligible for Kentucky Coal Academy full-tuition scholarships each semester. Interested students should contact Bart Allen at for application information. All students must maintain 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for KCA scholarships.

Admission Requirements

This program has no special admission requirements. Please consult MCC s general admission requirements.

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Bart Allen

Mining Technology

Program Coordinator