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Center for Mine Training

Training the next generation of Alaskan underground mine mechanics.

Center for Mine Training

World-class workforce training in occupational fields leading to employment in the mining industry, with special emphasis on expanding an Alaskan workforce for underground Mine Mechanics.

The Center for Mine Training at UAS is here to help put you to work in Alaska's mineral extraction and processing industry. As holding one of our nation's richest reserves of minerals, Alaska needs a strong, smart and responsible workforce to fill these roles. Let us help you get in on the ground floor of a highly lucrative and in demand career at UAS today.  

  • High school students are encouraged to apply to take the Center for Mine Training's introductory course - "Introduction to Mining Occupations and Operations", which is held each Spring semester. With support and thanks to Hecla Greens Creek and Coeur Alaska Kensington, many students receive scholarship support each year, ensuring no cost for the interested student.  The course offers students a broad overview of Alaska's mining industry as presented first hand from industry experts. This course also includes a field trip to an operating mine - students will see first hand how minerals are industrially extracted from the ground, processed into useable products, and how mine's reclamate to make sure the waste left behind is fully and responsibly accounted for.  
  • Post-Secondary students and those already in the workforce interested in a career in mining are encouraged to enroll at UAS in the Applied Associate of Science degree or Occupational Endorsement certificate program, concentrating on Mine Mechanics/Heavy Duty/Diesel or Fixed Plant Mechanics. The Occupational Endorsement can be completed in as little as 1-year, while an Associate's Degree typically takes 2-years and includes courses in Writing, Math, and other General Education Requirements.  Students on track to complete either credential will both receive a thorough and in-depth education regarding diesel mechanics as necistated by industry standards across Alaska. Course topics will include diesel engines; hydralics; electric; transmissions; brakes; welding and more. With support from Hecla Greens Creek Mining Company, 6 selected applicants will receive scholarship support each semester in support of their education. Selected applicants will also have the opportunity to serve as paid interns over their first summer as students if selected by the mine. This scholarship is competitive, so apply early. Please see below for more information about degree programs and scholarships at the Center for Mine Training. 

For more information: Center for Mine Training - 907.796.6427

Hecla Mine Mechanic Scholarship

Have deep interest in pursuing a career in mine mechanics at Hecla Greens Creek? Consider applying for the Hecla Greens Creek Mine Mechanic scholarship! Hecla Greens Creek and UAS want to help and put you to work. Space is limited and not all who apply will recieve support. Students interested in this scholarship should be enrolled as AAS Power Technology, Mine Mechanic or Heavy Duty Diesel majors.     

View more details on the HECLA Scholarship application.