Utah Not Graduating Enough Miners

Utah Not Graduating Enough Miners

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Tom Callan, KSL Newsradio Will there be anyone left to turn out the lights in the state's mines? One mine specialist worries that all of the mining engineers are leaving the state.

Mine specialists, especially mining engineers, are leaving Utah for the far ends of the Earth. That's what worries Tom Faddie, assistant director of minerals at the School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration. "Most of the people that I work with in the technical areas of the mining industry are working in South America right now; some in Africa, some in Mongolia," he said.

He says the University of Utah graduated only two mining engineers last year, five the year before.

What to do to keep them down on the farm? Faddie says two words: more training.

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