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Underground Mining Operations

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Program Description

This program offers students an opportunity to prepare for entry-level employment as underground miners through a combination of theory and practical experience. Students will spend approximately 280 hours in an intensive, hands-on training program at the University of Alaska at the Delta Mine Training Centre, a world-class training and research facility located in Delta Junction, Alaska. The program is structured as a unique '2-week in/2-week out' program that will expose students to what a work cycle at an operating mine actually feels like.

In order to participate in the program all students must attend a career planning program with Yukon Mine Training Association (YMTA), pass a mandatory drug and alcohol test and possess a valid Class 5 driver’s license, as well as a passport or a status card.

At the end of this program, students will:

• Have mastered the fundamentals of the Core Competencies required for an entry-level miner.
• Know the basic safety procedures in an underground setting and know the reasons these procedures are required.

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Admission Requirements

  • Age 18+.
  • Alcohol and drug free (Must pass an alcohol and drug test prior to acceptance into program).
  • Yukon class 5 driver’s license with a clean drivers abstract is preferred.
  • Good health and physically fit.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to work in a fly-in/fly-out work environment and a 2-week in/2-week out rotational work cycle.
  • Good vision and hearing.
  • Passport or Status Card.
  • References (work or personal).
  • It is recommended that students also take additional training courses in Standard First Aid / CPR-C, Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems (WHMIS).

Other Requirements

Successful candidates must pass an industry-led job readiness and aptitude interview to determine if they:

  • Have a desire to work in the mining industry for the long term.
  • Take direction well.
  • Are willing to work 12 hour days in extreme environments.
  • Are acceptable to working in an underground environment.
  • Are safety conscious.


This program has approximately 280 hours of training delivered mostly through hands-on training in Delta Junction, Alaska. Students will attend two, 2-week sessions in Delta Junction, Alaska separated by one 2-week break. This '2-week in/2-week out' structure will expose students to what a work cycle at an operating mine actually feels like.

General Outcomes

In order to graduate, students must successfully complete all courses in the program. Graduates of the program will receive a Yukon College certificate and a University of Alaska certificate.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

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Ancillary Fees   (21 KB)
Course Fee: $4,500
Ancillary Fees include a $100 technology fee.
Additional Costs:

  • If there is a need for students to be in Whitehorse, students will be responsible for covering their food and accomodation costs.
  • Students will be responsible for transportation to and from Whitehorse.
  • Transportation to and from the Delta Mine Training Centre in Delta Junction, Alaska will be provided.
  • Students need to provide steel-toed boots, a jacket that is warm to -50 and a face mask to protect against cold weather. Specific packing lists will be provided to students accepted to the program.
  • Students must be eligible to cross the border to Alaska in order to complete the practical training at the Delta Junction Facility.