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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.


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Degrees & Certificates in Mining Technology



Occupational Certificate

Gainful Employment Information

► Total = 8 Credit Hours

Academic Plan (8 Cr Hrs.)

MIN 1220 Mine Atmosphere & Strata Control (3)

MIN 1221 Machine Operations (2)

MIN 2225 Repair / Maintenance of Prep Plant (3)

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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. 2373 for information about registering for classes.

note iconINSTRUCTORS WILL ASK TO SEE PROOF OF RESIDENCY. PLEASE BRING TO CLASS A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE, UTILITY BILL WITH YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS, OR OTHER FORM OF PROOF OF RESIDENCY. Anyone 60 years of age and older will have the registration fee waived for the classs they are registering for.

Rend Lake College campuses are smoke-free as of July 1, 2015.

Training Calendar

19 Jun 2017
08:00AM - 12:00AM
Inexperienced Miner Training
29 Jun 2017
08:00AM - 06:30PM
Annual Refresher Training
17 Jul 2017
08:00AM - 04:30PM
Surface-Only New Miner Training
17 Jul 2017
08:00AM - 04:30PM
Surface-Only New Miner Training
17 Jul 2017
08:00AM - 04:30PM
Surface-Only New Miner Training

Inexperienced Miner Training (Surface and UG)

Inexperienced Miner Training (Surface and UG)

An Inexperienced Miner Training for Surface and Underground is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 19, 2017 through Friday, June 23, 2017. The five-day class runs from 8:00 AM until 6:30 PM Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM on Friday. Please call Sally Heathcoat at 618-437-5321 x 2373 or Joy Fitts x 1261 for registration or questions. The cost of the class is $165. Registration and Payment can be taken care of on the first day of class!

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

Annual Retraining

An Annual Refresher Training for Surface and/or Underground is scheduled for Thursday, June 29, 2017. The class will being at 8:00 AM in the Coal Mining Training Center on the Ina campus. Please call 618-437-5321 x 2373 for questions or if you would like to have your name put on the sign-in sheet. The cost of the 10 hour class is $50.

Illinois Basic Electrical Safety Training

If you are interested in taking this course, please call 618-437-5321 x 2373 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 .

Illinois Electrical Retraining

There are no Electrical Qualification Retraining classes scheduled at this time.

24 Hour Surface-Only New Miner Training

A 24 Hour Surface-Only New Miner Training class is scheduled for July 17th-19th. The class runs Monday through Wednesday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. The cost of this pre-pay/pre-register class is $120. Please call Sally Heathcoat at 618-437-5321 x 2373 for registration or questions. Registration will open Monday, June 19.

Faculty & Staff

Dean of Applied Science
Phone Extension: 1292
Building: Advanced Technology Division
Office: 138
Administrative Assistant/Applied Science & Technology Division
Phone Extension: 1261
Building: Advanced Technology Center
Office: 138
Mining Technology Instructor
Phone Extension: 1217
Building: Coal Mining Technology
Office: 104
Mining Technology Instructor
Phone Extension: 1285
Building: Coal Mining Training Center
Office: 103

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

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