Geoengineering, Mining and Technical Business Management
The Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, Mining and Technical Business Management gets to the bottom of things – literally. With a curriculum that ranges from geotechnical engineering, opencast mining, processing and refining to land surveying and business administration, the Faculty prepares students for many different occupations.
The roughly 200 students at the Faculty are taught by eleven full-time and 30 part-time teachers from academia and industry. Six researchers and support staffers assist them with courses, internships and field trips. Well-equipped laboratories and survey instruments provide students with a comprehensive, hands-on education.
Everything begins with mining. After all, we couldn't live our modern lives if it weren't for raw materials. Here's an example: Statistically speaking, every man, woman and child in Germany consumes 460 metric tons of gravel and sand in their lifetime – enough to fill around 23 trucks. Likewise, mineral materials such as granite, limestone, basalt, clay, sand or gravel are used by the processing industry to manufacture glass, ceramics or semiconductors for computer chips and solar cells. Extracting and processing these materials is what opencast mining is all about.
Geotechnical Engineering, on the other hand, deals with foundation design, levees, tunnels and water extraction. Scientists at TH Georg Agricola perform environmental impact assessments, and test the strength of soils, riverbanks and dams so that buildings, bridges, tunnels and roads will always have the support they need.
Survey and mapping the Earth – that's what surveyors do. It doesn't matter whether a structure is being built or expanded, or whether the client is a government or a business – surveyors calculate plots and parcels, analyze soil or building shifts, record and model spatial data, and maintain existing databases.
Today's engineers are expected to think and act like entrepreneurs. Many of the decisions they make in their careers inextricably link engineering problems with their financial consequences. To address this need, TH Georg Agricola has added a major in Business Administration and Engineering to its existing engineering programs. The new major prepares students to handle the complex challenges of a management position.