Underground Mine Education Center
Montana Tech is a place where our students learn by doing and the Mining Engineering Department is committed to providing an environment to foster that hands-on experience.
We truly believe this can be achieved with increased utilization of the Underground Mine Education Center (UMEC). While small-scale development continues to progress in the underground workings, there are a number of improvements that would make a step-change in the ability of faculty and students to utilize this amazing facility for teaching, hands-on learning, and research as well as opportunities to make a truly transformative change in the way Montana Tech educates its students and conducts research.
We can bring about this step-change through the provision of a surface building where teaching and disassembly/reassembly of components could take place in a safe environment. This office/workshop and shared-use facility would improve the convenience of using the UMEC facility in addition to aiding the conduct of research and storing of important equipment in close proximity to the facilities where it is used.
Preliminary work has begun on a multi-use surface facility at the UMEC. An architect provided estimates of the order of $1 million for the construction of a metal building, utilities, contractor’s overhead/profit, and A&E fees. The facility would have approximately 6,000 square feet of usable space for a maintenance area for care of mine equipment, classroom for instruction, storage areas for equipment and instruments used for research and change rooms/restrooms.
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