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Mining Technology

Mining Technology is an Associate in Applied Science Degree for students who plan to work in an underground or surface coal mine. Students considering Mining Technology should be capable of working underground in a production environment in proximity to heavy equipment. This course of study specializes in the many facets of coal mining operations, maintenance and safety. Students may find employment in the mining industry as miners or in support roles as technicians for vendors as well as regulating agencies like MSHA (Mine Safety and Health Administration). Wages and benefits for the mining industry have traditionally been excellent, depending on the specific duties and employer.

Degrees & Certificates in Mining Technology



Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 16.5 Credit Hours

First Semester (16.5 Cr Hrs.)

  • MIN 1210 Intro to Mining (2.5)
  • MIN 1220 Mine Atmosphere & Strata Control (3)
  • MIN 1221 Machine Operations (2)
  • INEL 1291 Basic Electronics for Technicians (5)
  • WELD 1270 Intro to Welding Processes (4)

Program Outcomes

Mining Technology

1. Employ mine law, safe work practices, and ethical responsibility in the workplace and demonstrate their practical application.
2. Demonstrate proper velocity measuring techniques with ventilation instruments (anemometers) and calculations in total mine unit air quantities and other ventilation controls required for proper unit ventilation.
3. Explore different types of surface and underground mine machinery and mining methods as well as principles of safe operation therein.
4. Apply roof, rib, and ground control methods and proper techniques during the installation process of said controls.
5. Recognize the importance of mine safety in the aspects of first aid, fire-fighting, and mine rescue.
6. Understand the varied powered systems to include; electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, and maintenance of the same.

Training Dates

Find upcoming classes on our training calendar below. If you need to know more about a class, see the tabs below.
Please call 618-437-5321, Ext. 1261 for information about registering for classes.


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Training Calendar

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Inexperienced Miner Training (Surface and UG)

Inexperienced Miner Training (Surface and UG)

There are several Inexperienced Miner Training for Surface and Underground scheduledEach 40-hour class runs from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The cost of the 40-hour class is $165 (*). It is a pre-pay/pre-register class. Please contact Taylor Atchison at 618-437-5321 x1261 for registration or questions.

* The cost of Surface and Underground Inexperienced Inexperienced Miner Training for the March, April, and June 2019 classes has been reduced to $105 due to RLC's receipt of the 2018-2019 Brookwood Sago Grant. 

 ~ October 5-9 ~ 

Dates are subject to change.


Once registered, in order to receive a refund, you must cancel three days prior to the start of the class.

Annual Retraining

MSHA - Annual 8-hour Surface Refresher

There are no Annual Refresher Training for Surface-Only scheduled at this time. If you are interested in taking this course, please call 618-437-5321 x1261 to be placed on a class notification list.



MSHA - Annual 10-hour Surface & Underground Refresher

There are several Annual Refresher Training for Surface and/or Underground scheduled. Please call Taylor Atchison at 618-437-5321 x1261 if you would like your name placed on the sign-in sheet. The cost of the 10-hour class is $50.

 ~ November 6 ~

Dates are subject to change.

Illinois Basic Electrical Safety Training

If you are interested in taking this course, please call 618-437-5321 x1261 to be placed on a class notification list. To apply for an Illinois Electrical card, you can submit an application to the State of Illinois along with a $50.00 application fee. Applications to the State of Illinois can be obtained on the website: Requirements for students include a current MSHA electrical card or anticipated enrollment in the Illinois Mine Electrical Certification program.

If you have additional questions, please contact David Care at [email protected]

Illinois Electrical Retraining

October 9, 2020

October 23, 2020


24 Hour Surface-Only New Miner Training

There are several Inexperienced Miner Training for Surface Only scheduled. The 24-hour class runs from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. The cost of the 24-hour class is $120. It is a pre-register / pre-pay class. Please call Taylor Atchison at 618-437-5321 x1261 for registration or questions.

~ October 7-9 ~ 

Dates are subject to change.

Faculty & Staff

Dean of Applied Science & Technology
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
M.S. & B.S., Southern Illinois University
Administrative Assistant | Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 139
A.A. & A.S., Rend Lake College | A.S., John A. Logan College

Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1261
Email: [email protected]
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Applied Science
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Applied Science


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