AMIT 130: Course Schedule

Week Topic   Assignments
Class # 1 Syllabus, Blackboard, Introduction

Ft Knox Mine Tour

See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 2 Ft Knox Review, Process Unit Tracing and Drawing of System See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 3 Process Unit Control Systems Startup and Shutdown Procedures See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 4 Operations, Work Permits and LOTO See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 5 POGO Mine Tour See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 6 Mill Operations: Mill Flowsheets, Normal & Emergency Operations See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 7 Mill Operations: Responses to Abnormal Operations See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 8 Mill Operations: Basic Mill Troubleshooting See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 9

 

Mill Operations: Variables that Can Affect Performance, Circuit Efficiency & Recovery See Blackboard course, under Assignments
Class # 10 Graduation See Blackboard course, under Assignments

AMIT 130: Syllabus

COURSE INFORMATION:

Title: Surface Mining Operations

Department/Number: AMIT 130

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: N/A

Instructor: Brian Ellingson, Tathagata Ghosh

Office Location: Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center

Office Hours: by Appointment

COURSE READINGS/MATERIALS:

Course Textbook: Wills’ Mineral Processing Technology, 8th edition

B.A Wills, James Finch PhD, Butterworth-Heinemann publisher, 2015

Supplementary Readings: as provided

Any Supplies Required: Notebook or 3 ring binder to store handouts

COURSE DESCRIPTION

An overview of mill operations safety, typical mill circuits and their operation, variables controlled, and mill efficiency & recovery.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF GOALS

The goal of the student is to gain broad knowledge of the role of a mill operator as it relates to safety, environmental compliance, and operation of circuits and equipment.                                                                                  .

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES/OBJECTIVES:

Upon completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the variables that affect performance of ore processing and preparation.
  2. Review the principles, operation, and basic trouble-shooting of ore processing and preparation circuits in the mill.
  3. Describe general responses to abnormal operations of mill circuits.
  4. Demonstrate required safety and environmental regulatory compliance required of the mill operator.
  5. Describe the safety concerns and safety systems applied to these mill circuits.
  6. Describe normal and emergency operations of mill circuits
  7. Explain mill circuit efficiency/recovery
  8. Demonstrate procedures used by mill operators to monitor and maintain equipment.
  9. Demonstrate proper sampling techniques and sample handling
  10. Demonstrate troubleshooting of mill systems
  11. Express an appreciation for the role of the individual and teams in the mine mill operations.

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS:

Instructional methods will include lectures, reading assignments, homework, labs, the use of the Blackboard system, and other digital media.

COURSE CALENDAR:

See attached for Draft of material covered at each class meeting.

CLASS ASSIGNMENT SCHEDULE:

Assignments and due dates will be provided through the Blackboard system. 

COURSE POLICIES:

Students are expected to comply with the University Student Code of Conduct available for review at:

http://www.uaf.edu/catalog/current/academics/regs3.html#Student_Conduct

CLASS POLICIES:

Classroom Ground Rules:

  1. Turn off cell phones during class. If you must maintain cell phone contact, put the ringer on vibrate and leave the class room to receive a call.
  2. No laptop computers are allowed during class without instructor’s permission.
  3. If you are late for class by over 15 minutes you will receive .5 attendance point. Please find a vacant seat and be seated with a minimum of disturbance to the class.
  4. Respect instructor and classmates.
  5. Restrict talking or conversations that do not include the entire class or add value to the class discussion.
  6. If you do not understand a concept, idea, or explanation, you should ask the instructor or classmate to explain it in a different manner.
  7. All tests will be administered in a closed book- no notes format.

Homework, Class Notes, Power Point presentations, notebooks and Blackboard:

Students are expected to submit legible homework written in a manner suitable for the assignment. Shorthand answers will not be accepted. Answers must communicate the content of the question. The process of writing out both the question and the answer helps the student to retain the information. As an employee you will be expected to communicate clearly in your written communications and this class expects the same level of communication.

As a student you are responsible for taking notes and making certain you understand the information presented. A notebook is a good way to capture and retain this information. Information not covered in your assigned reading will be made available in lecture, in a digital format, or in hard copy. All Class assignments will be initiated from Blackboard. (You may be directed away from Blackboard but you will start in the Blackboard Assignments folder.)

Class Attendance and Participation:

Class attendance and participation is very important for meeting the course objectives. Attendance will be taken at the start of each class. Students who are working a rotating shift schedule or missing class on a regular basis need to make prior arrangements with the instructor. The student’s participation portion of the grade is based on the quality (not frequency) of your participation. Those receiving high grades in class participation are those who:

 

  1. Have prepared for class by completing reading assignments prior to the lecture.
  2. Understand and have completed all assignments neatly, accurately and on-time.
  3. Participate in class discussions by sharing experiences or asking/answering questions.
  4. Present Safety Huddle discussions.
  5. Are willing to volunteer for in-class demonstrations and exercises.
  6. Class participation will be an earned grade for each scheduled class. If you are late you will lose .5 point for class participation. If you are absent you lose the entire point.
  7. Unexcused absences will lose one attendance point. Excused absences will lose .5 attendance point. Excused means that you notified the instructor before the beginning of class. (As you would do if you were notifying an employer.)

Make Up work Policy

Homework and assignments turned in later than the test covering the assignment will receive zero credit and may not be evaluated. Keeping up with class work is expected. If you cannot be present for a test you should contact the instructor beforehand and schedule a time to make up the test. Tests not scheduled for make-up within a week will be scored as a 0.

 

EVALUATION:

Grading Scale                                               Evaluation System

A = 100-90%                                                  Exams                                     30%

B =   89-80%                                                  Homework                              10%

C =   79-70%                                                  Attendance/Participation          30%

D =   69-60%                                                  Final Exam                              30%

F =   59% or less

 

* Plus and minus grades will not be submitted

* The Final exam is comprehensive and will be drawn from material covered over the entire semester.

SUPPORT SERVICES:

Extensive support services are available for the student and can be found on the web at: www.uaf.edu/sssp/. Students are encouraged to form study groups with their peers. The instructor is available to assist students on an as scheduled basis. Students are encouraged to take full advantages of all these services

DISABILITIES SERVICES:

UAF has a Disability Services office that operates in conjunction with the College of Rural and Community Development’s (CRCD) campuses and UAF’s Center for Distance Education (CDE). Disability Services, a part of UAF’s Center for Health and Counseling, provides academic accommodations to enrolled students who are identified as being eligible for these services.If you believe you are eligible, please visit http://www.uaf.edu/chc/disability.html on the web or contact a student affairs staff person at your nearest local campus. You can also contact Disability Services on the Fairbanks Campus at (907) 474-7043, fydso@uaf.edu.

UAF Title IX

University of Alaska Board of Regents have clearly stated in BOR Policy that discrimination, harassment and violence will not be tolerated on any campus of the University of Alaska. If you believe you are experiencing discrimination or any form of harassment including sexual harassment/misconduct/assault, you are encouraged to report that behavior. If you disclose sexual harassment or sexual violence to a faculty member or any university employee, they must notify the UAF Title IX Coordinator about the basic facts of the incident.

Your choices for disclosure include:

1) You may confidentially disclose and access confidential counseling by contacting the UAF Health & Counseling Center at 474-7043;

2) You may access support and file a Title IX report by contacting the UAF Title IX Coordinator at 474-6600;

3) You may file a criminal complaint by contacting the University Police Department at 474-7721

AMIT 130: Surface Mine Operations

This course covers safe operations of a surface mine and plant (placer gold, sand and gravel, coal, and open pit metal mines and processing plant). It provides an overview of mill operations safety, typical mill circuits and their operation, variables controlled, and mill efficiency & recovery.


Course Information

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Placement in Mill Operations OE program

Instructional Goals

  1. Explain the variables that affect performance of ore processing and preparation.
  2. Review the principles, operation, and basic trouble-shooting of ore processing and preparation circuits in the mill.
  3. Describe general responses to abnormal operations of mill circuits.
  4. Demonstrate required safety and environmental regulatory compliance required of the mill operator.
  5. Describe the safety concerns and safety systems applied to these mill circuits.
  6. Describe normal and emergency operations of mill circuits
  7. Explain mill circuit efficiency/recovery
  8. Demonstrate procedures used by mill operators to monitor and maintain equipment.
  9. Demonstrate proper sampling techniques and sample handling
  10. Demonstrate troubleshooting of mill systems

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following:
Assessment Procedures
This outcome will be assessed by one or more of the following:
Students demonstrate an understanding of safety as applied to working in a mill facilityPerformance answering identified mill safety test questions
Students demonstrate proper safety practices around rotating equipmentObserved performance demonstrating proper (general) safety practices required around rotating equipment
Students demonstrate knowledge of variables controlled/monitored in crushing and grinding circuitsPerformance answering identified crushing and grinding circuit controls test questions

Observed performance identifying variables of crushing and grinding circuits
Students demonstrate knowledge of the proper pumps and classifiers operation Performance answering identified pump and classifier operation test questions

Observed performance identifying normal and abnormal operation of pumps and classifiers
Students demonstrate knowledge of variables controlled in flotation circuitsPerformance answering identified flotation controls test questions

Observed performance identifying normal and abnormal operation of flotation circuits
Students demonstrate knowledge of variables controlled in various dewatering circuitsPerformance answering identified dewatering circuit controls questions

Observed performance identifying normal and abnormal operation of dewatering circuits
Students demonstrate knowledge of general mill operator duties and responsibilitiesPerformance answering identified mill operator task test questions

Observed performance identifying mill operator duties and basic procedures
Students demonstrate knowledge of mill operator sampling duties and responsibilitiesPerformance answering identified mill operator sampling test questions

Observed performance identifying mill operator sampling procedures
Students demonstrate knowledge of mill operator regulatory compliance duties and responsibilitiesPerformance answering identified mill operator regulatory compliance test questions

Observed performance identifying mill operator duties to maintain regulatory compliance
Students demonstrate general knowledge of mill operations economics and recoveryPerformance answering identified mill operations economics and recovery test questions

Observed performance identifying mill operator duties as they apply to recovery and efficiency

Course Outline

  1. Mill Operations Safety
    1. Mill Operators role in safety
    2. Rotating equipment safety
    3. Mill environment safety concerns
    4. Mill operations emergency actions
    5. Electrical safety
  2. Mill Safety Systems
    1. Mill safety system terminology
    2. LOTO safety standards
    3. Work permits
    4. Job hazard analysis
    5. Hazcom
  3. Mill Operations Variables – Principles
    1. Crushing/Grinding Circuits
    2. Screens/Hydrocyclones
    3. Flotation circuits
    4. Dewatering circuits
    5. Water Treatment circuits
  4. Mill Circuits – Performance & Efficiency
    1. Crushing/Grinding Circuits
    2. Screens/Hydrocyclones
    3. Flotation circuits
    4. Dewatering circuits
    5. Water Treatment circuits
    6. Comminution & Particle Size Analysis
  5. Mill Circuits – Normal and Abnormal Operations
    1. Crushing/Grinding Circuits
    2. Screens/Hydrocyclones
    3. Flotation circuits
    4. Dewatering circuits
    5. Water Treatment circuits
  6. Mill Operator Duties – Sampling & Regulatory Compliance
    1. Sampling Techniques and Sample handling
    2. Environmental and Safety compliance (operations standards)
    3. Monitoring and maintenance
    4. Startup/Shutdown procedures
    5. Emergency Procedures

Suggested Text

Wills’ Mineral Processing Technology, 8th edition
B.A Wills, James Finch PhD, Butterworth-Heinemann publisher, 2015

Bibliography

DACUM Research  Chart for Mill Operator
Produced for Teck Alaska Inc. Red Dog Mine – June 2015
Prepared by John P. Hakala
ApprenticeshipUSA United States Department of Labor