Collège Boréal Offers New Program in Response to Mining Industry Needs

Collège Boréal Offers New Program in Response to Mining Industry Needs

In addition to its Civil and Mining Engineering Technology program, Collège Boréal will offer a new Prospecting and Exploration Technician program in Sudbury as of January 2015.

The two-year program, which leads to an Ontario College Diploma, prepares students to work in the prospecting and exploration stages in the life of a mine. Students will learn about various functions related to mining activities in the field and underground. The program covers activities within mining exploration, development, and operation. The technicians’ tasks range from the preparation of exploration projects, geological surveys, and drilling supervision.

Prospecting and Exploration technicians will work under the supervision of geologists, geological engineers, and site managers. They will work in collaboration with drilling and surveying workers, mine operators, and blasters.


“Launching this program demonstrates once again that Collège Boréal is committed to offering a variety of programs based on the needs of the labour market. We are proud to support the mining sector by helping to develop a skilled workforce. ”

Pierre Riopel, President, Collège Boréal

“The mining industry has always had a significant impact on the economy of Greater Sudbury and many other communities in Northern Ontario. We are pleased to offer this new program and contribute to the economic development of these regions.”

Brian Vaillancourt, Dean of the School of the Environment and Natural Resources

Quick facts

Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Ontario mineral production was valued at $9.8 billion in 2013, which accounted for 23 per cent of the national total. In 2013, 26,000 Ontarians were directly employed in the mining sector, with an additional 50,000 in related manufacturing and processing industries. In 2011, the mining equipment and services sector contributed approximately $6.2 billion to Ontario’s economy.

Collège Boréal

Established in 1995, Collège Boréal is a French-language postsecondary training and learning institution dedicated to the development and growth of French communities throughout the province. For the second year in a row, Collège Boréal has the highest graduation and graduate satisfaction rates of all 24 community colleges in Ontario. Moreover, 100% of all surveyed employers would recommend hiring Collège Boréal graduates!

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For more information on Ontario’s mining industry, download the Ontario mineral and exploration statistics for 2013 at


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