Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering

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Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering Graduate Certificate

Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering (UCTE) is an established area of engineering that is growing in popularity both in the US and internationally.

Mines provides a unique graduate certificate that no other university in North America can offer. The UCTE grad certificate program pulls coursework from our traditional UCTE graduate degree program and makes it available to professionals in industry. Students will gain real-world experience from the Underground Construction and Management, Underground Construction Engineering in Soft Ground and Underground Construction Engineering in Hard Rock courses.

The UCTE grad certificate program also provides an opportunity for recent graduates to pursue a specialization in UCTE. There are many strong mining, civil and geological programs in the US and internationally, but the vast majority of them do not have expertise in UCTE.

Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate

  • Bachelor’s Degree: Required
  • GRE: Not Required
  • Letters of Recommendation: Not Required
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV): Required
  • Statement of Purpose: Not Required. Suggested if GPA is less than 3.0/4.0
  • Transcript(s): Required. Must be submitted for all schools attended (unofficial transcripts accepted for admissions review and must show successful completion of any required prerequisite course(s).
  • For international applicants or applicants whose native language is not English, please review the English Proficiency requirement


For additional information about these admissions requirements, please refer to the Admissions Requirements page



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Investment You Can Count On

$7.55 Billion

Projected Value of Tunnel Boring Machine Market by 2027, Allied Market Research


2021 Average Annual Salary for Tunnel Engineers, ZipRecruiter


Career Return on Investment,
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U.S. Department of Education

Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering Faculty

Mike Mooney

Mike Mooney

Rank - Grewcock Chair Professor
Program Director

Email - mmooney@mines.edu

Phone - 303-384-2498

David Grimm

David Grimm

Rank - Adjunct Professor

Email - dfgrimm@mines.edu

Reza Hedayat

Reza Hedayat

Rank - Associate Professor

Email - hedayat@mines.edu

Phone - 303-273-3401

Rennie Kaunda

Rennie Kaunda

Rank - Assistant Professor

Email - rkaunda@mines.edu

Phone - 303-273-3772

Priscilla Nelson

Priscilla Nelson

Rank - Professor

Email - pnelson@mines.edu

Phone - 303-384-2606

Jamal Rostami

Jamal Rostami

Rank - Professor and Alacer Gold / Haddon Endowed Chair

Email - rostami@mines.edu

Phone - 303-273-3041

Gabriel Walton

Gabriel Walton

Rank - Associate Professor

Email - gwalton@mines.edu

Phone - 303-384-2235

Wendy Zhou

Wendy Zhou

Rank - Professor

Email - wzhou@mines.edu

Phone - 303-384-2181

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