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Geotechnics, mining and geoenergy systems

Study concept

Without a secure supply of energy and industrial raw materials of all kinds, our modern civilisation would be unthinkable. The Geotechnics, Mining and Geo-Energy Systems degree programme trains highly qualified engineers who deal with all aspects associated with the sustainable and environmentally friendly use of the earth's crust.

The Geotechnics, Mining and Geo-Energy Systems

degree programme is divided into a foundation course and a main course.

The foundation course

In addition to the general scientific fundamentals (mathematics, physics, chemistry, electrical engineering, materials science, mechanics, thermodynamics, etc.), the foundation course also teaches special fundamentals such as geosciences and legal and business fundamentals.

The advanced course

In the advanced course, students can choose one of three specialisations. Part of the diploma programme is a work placement of 120 shifts during the course of study, allowing students to gain relevant work experience, establish important relationships with future employers and familiarise themselves with typical areas of work and tasks in their future profession.

Teaching

The professors on the degree programme have relevant professional experience in the relevant branches of industry and guarantee a practical, university-based education.

Professional opportunities after the engineering degree

The demand for our graduates on the Geotechnical Engineering, Mining and Geo-Energy Systems degree programme is correspondingly high and the job opportunities are very diverse. There are particularly lucrative offers on the national and international labour market.

 

Deepening

Underground and surface mining is concerned with the extraction of the diverse solid mineral raw materials without which our lives would be unthinkable. In addition to energy raw materials and the critical raw materials for our modern information society and the energy transition, our economy also requires a significant amount of bulk raw materials such as hard rock, sand, salt, etc. In addition to the exploration, development and extraction of raw materials, the recultivation and reutilisation of former industrial sites is also of great importance. In addition to the supply of raw materials from terrestrial deposits, the environmentally friendly, safe and effective mining of raw materials on the seabed or in space will also be an important field of activity in the future.

 

In contrast to mineral mining, "fluid mining" is concerned with the exploration, development and utilisation of flowable raw materials underground. In the past, these were primarily crude oil and natural gas. These energy resources are still extremely important today and still account for well over half of the world's energy requirements. We will therefore have to continue to deal with this and ensure that these raw materials are provided in sufficient quantities, at reasonable prices - but above all in the most environmentally friendly way possible. This is the task of the engineers we train in our specialisation.

However, other fluid raw materials are also playing an increasingly important role these days! Geothermal energy is one of them. Geothermal energy is a regenerative and therefore green energy that is available in practically unlimited quantities.

In the context of the energy transition, the underground storage of hydrogen, CO2 or compressed air is playing an increasingly important role - the engineers in the specialisation are also responsible for the development and safe operation of such "geo-energy systems".

And last but not least, more and more infrastructure is being relocated underground, for example power lines, media, supply and disposal systems, pipelines, etc. These tasks are also performed by the specialisation. These tasks are also covered by the specialisation, as drilling technology expertise is required here (shallow drilling technology).

Geotechnical engineers are subsoil specialists who deal with the exploration, assessment, evaluation and classification of rock for the purpose of using it as subsoil, construction and excavation space.

In particular, they assess the stability of geotechnical structures, including dams, reservoirs, embankments, landfills, tunnels, shafts, etc. The assessment is based on practical and state-of-the-art theoretical approaches, which in particular also take into account dynamic loads (e.g. from traffic) or the influence of water (precipitation, groundwater) in the subsoil.

Faculty
Faculty of Geosciences, Geoengineering and Mining (Faculty 3)
Degree
Diploma (Dipl.-Ing.)
Standard period of study
10 Semester
Part-time possible
No
Start of studies
Winter semester
Summer semester
Admission requirement

Baccalaureate or subject-specific higher education entrance qualification or an entrance qualification recognised as equivalent

Course language
German
Professional advice
Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Mischo
Institut für Bergbau und Spezialtiefbau, Reiche Zeche
Fuchsmühlenweg 9
helmut.mischo [at] mabb.tu-freiberg.de
Central Student Advisory Service
Central Student Counselling Service
Prüferstr. 2, 3rd floor, room 3.405
studienberatung [at] tu-freiberg.de
Student Council
Student Representatives Faculty 3 (Geosciences, Geotechnics and Mining)
Otto-Meißer-Bau
Gustav-Zeuner-Str. 12
fsr3 [at] stura.tu-freiberg.de
Job opportunities

in the engineering industry: development, field tests and use of innovative extraction and conveying technologies for solid and liquid raw materials

in raw materials exploration: e.g. on-site management of the investigation and exploration of possible ore and energy deposits in mines, on deep drilling rigs and management functions on construction sites

in raw materials extraction: e.g. Planning and approval of raw material projects, construction and operation of mines, drilling rigs and storage facilities, selection and implementation of processes and technologies, dismantling through to final recultivation/post-utilisation

on construction sites: e.g. Site management, expert opinions, optimisation tasks

in research institutions: e.g. development of deep-sea and space mining, autonomous systems, deep geothermal energy, offshore technology

at authorities: e.g. mining authorities, ministries

Why study Geotechnics, Mining and Geo-Energy Systems at TUBAF?

The Geotechnics, Mining and Geo-Energy Systems degree programme is the only professionally qualifying degree program in the German-speaking world that comprehensively covers all aspects of the safe, environmentally friendly and sustainable supply of energy and industrial raw materials to our economy as well as the intelligent use of our subsurface in terms of the energy transition. The Geotechnics, Mining and Geo-Energy Systems degree programme trains highly qualified engineers who can deal with all aspects and develop practical solutions.

It is a small world of its own, but one that is characterized by tolerance and openness. We need mining everywhere and at all times - the industry still has a future!

Elisabeth Broska - Mining engineer; mining councillor at the State Office for Mining, Energy and Geology (LBEG) in Clausthal-Zellerfeld

Above all, the numerous compulsory internships and the balanced mix of practical and theoretical work on the Geotechnical Engineering and Mining course helped me to start my career quickly and purposefully.

Julia Sorgatz - Geotechnical engineer; research assistant at the Federal Institute for Hydraulic Engineering (BAW) in Karlsruhe