Geological engineers work very closely with Mining engineers and Metallurgical engineers. Among other things, they feed Mining and Metallurgical engineers with results they obtain from mineral exploration and analysis to ensure efficient mine operations, safety, maximisation of profits, environmental protection and informed investment decisions. The program merges theoretical and practical geology and commercial skills to equip the graduates with skills needed to drive the extractive industry in Malawi and beyond. The students are equipped with intensive knowledge in Petrology, Geochemistry, Hydrogeology, Mineralogy, Resource Geology, Environmental Geology, Structural Geology, Soil Mechanics, etc. Geological engineering graduates can work with the mineral and petroleum industries, Department of Mines, Energy and Mineral Resources, Department of Geological Survey, groundwater, environmental geology, exploration and resource estimation firms, earthworks, etc.
Mining engineers work closely with other engineers; mechanical, civil, surveyors, geologists, metallurgists and technicians working on a mine site.Mining engineers are concerned with safe mining operations, maximising profits, selection of appropriate mining methods, rock slope stability, etc. The program imparts students with a solid understanding in Mine Geotechnical Engineering, Rock and Soil mechanics, Mine Ventilation, Explosives and Rock Excavation, Mining Methods, Surface and Underground Mine Design, Mine Planning and Financial Technical evaluation of mining projects, Mineral Legislation, Mine Management, Numerical Methods in Geo-Mechanics, etc. Graduates of this program can work with local and international mining companies (mine sites), civil engineering projects, groundwater, Department of Mines, Energy and Mineral Resources,Department of Geological Survey, Petroleum industries, Geotechnical consulting firms, earthworks, etc.
Metallurgical Engineers are mostly concerned with converting the raw materials extracted from the earth into more useable forms such as converting copper ore into copper, iron ore into steel. They refine, recycle, process metals to develop products which are better. The students are equipped with knowledge for metallurgical processing plants, mineral processing, refining processes, such as pyrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy and electrometallurgy through which concentrates are refined into a pure metal form; the extraction, separation, and concentration of minerals from raw ores, purifying metals and alloying them to control several characteristics including strength and corrosion resistance. Graduates of this program can work with Mining companies, manufacturing industries, chemical engineering companies, Mineral processing companies, Energy industries, Department of Mines, Energy and Mineral Resources, Department of Geological Survey etc.