AMIT 145: Introduction to Mineral Benefication

This course provides an overview or introduction into the field of mineral beneficiation and comminution, systems and equipment used for the mineral processing industry.  Fundamentals of basic separation and mineral beneficiation, environmental concerns,  safety and terminology will be explored.


Course Information

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Placement in Mill Operations OE program

Instructional Goals

  1. Describe and explain the liberation and concentration principles of mineral recovery
  2. Describe particle size analysis and its importance for recovery
  3. Describe the reagent process and how it is used.
  4. Describe flotation circuit processes and its basic operation
  5. Describe the different types of dewatering circuits and their basic operation.
  6. Describe the water treatment process and its basic operation.
  7. Explain mill circuit capacities vs efficiency/recovery
  8. Explain efficiency of mineral processing operations

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 various types of liberation and concentration equipmentPerformance answering identified liberation and concentration circuit equipment test questions

Observed performance identifying various types of liberation and concentration equipment components
Students demonstrate knowledge of various types of dewatering circuitsPerformance answering identified dewatering equipment circuit test questions

Observed performance identifying various dewatering unit components
Students demonstrate knowledge of various types of froth flotation systemsPerformance answering identified froth flotation test questions

Observed performance identifying froth flotation unit components and associated equipment
Students demonstrate knowledge of reagents and their applicationsPerformance answering identified reagent application and performance questions

Observed performance identifying reagent performance and application
Students demonstrate knowledge of water treatment circuits/systems used in mill operationsPerformance answering identified water treatment process test questions

Observed performance identifying water treatment circuit components and associated equipment
Students demonstrate knowledge of efficient mill operations involving liberation, concentration, and water treatmentPerformance answering identified mill process operation and efficiency test questions

Observed performance identifying proper operation of mill processes, and ability to summarize efficiency

Course Outline

  1. Liberation and concentration principles
    1. Liberation (comminution) system terminology
    2. Comminution system components
    3. Comminution principles/targets (particle size analysis)
    4. Concentration system terminology
    5. Concentration methods/principles
  2. Flotation Circuits
    1. Froth flotation terminology
    2. Froth flotation system components
    3. Froth flotation principles of operation
    4. Froth flotation normal operation
    5. Froth flotation analysis/control parameters
  3. Dewatering circuits
    1. Dewatering equipment types
    2. Dewatering terminology
    3. Principles of dewatering/efficiency
    4. Dewatering system normal operation
    5. Dewatering system abnormal operation
  4. Reagents
    1. Reagent terminology
    2. Reagent principles/applications
    3. Reagent performance measures
    4. Reagent application methods
    5. Reagent safety and environmental concerns
  5. Mill water treatment
    1. Water treatment terminology
    2. Water treatment system components
    3. Water treatment principles/methods
    4. Water treatment environmental/efficiency concerns
  6. Communition & Concentration analysis and efficiency
    1. Guidelines for proper communition operation/efficiency
    2. Guidelines for proper froth flotation circuit operation/efficiency
    3. Guidelines for proper dewatering circuit operation/efficiency
    4. Guidelines for proper water treatment operation/efficiency
    5. Mill circuits process variables

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

AMIT 135: Introduction to Mining Systems and Equipment

An overview to the field of mining beneficiation and comminution, systems and equipment used for the mining and mineral processing industry. Fundamentals of basic separation and mineral beneficiation of surface and underground mining, economic planning, environmental concerns, safety and terminology will be explored. This course is an introduction course for technical mineral recovery and ore treatment.

Course Information

Credits: 4

Prerequisites: Placement in the Mill Operations OE program

Instructional Goals

  1. Describe the different types of crushing and grinding circuits and their basic operation.
  2. Explain the principles, operation, and basic trouble-shooting of crushing and grinding circuits.
  3. Describe conveyor systems and their basic operation.
  4. Describe screen and classification processes used in mill operations.
  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 capacities vs efficiency/recovery

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 facility.Performance answering identified mill safety test questions
Students demonstrate proper safety practices around rotating equipment.Observed performance demonstrating proper (general) safety practices required around rotating equipment
Students demonstrate knowledge of various types of crushing equipmentPerformance answering identified crushing circuit equipment test questions

Observed performance identifying crusher components
Students demonstrate knowledge of various types of grinding equipment circuitsPerformance answering identified grinding equipment circuit test questions

Observed performance identifying grinding unit components
Students demonstrate knowledge of various types of conveyors systems.Performance answering identified conveyor test questions

Observed performance identifying conveyor components and associated equipment
Students demonstrate knowledge of various types of screen applications.Performance answering identified screen application and sizing questions

Observed performance identifying screen deck components and associated equipment
Students demonstrate knowledge of various types of material classifiers.Performance answering identified hydraulic, mechanical, and hydrocyclone classifier test questions

Observed performance identifying classifier components and associated equipment

Course Outline

  1. Conveyors
    1. Conveyor system terminology
    2. Conveyor system components
    3. Conveyor safety systems
    4. Normal conveyor operations
    5. Emergency conveyor operations
  2. Industrial Screen Systems
    1. Industrial Screen system terminology
    2. Industrial Screen system components
    3. Normal Industrial Screen system operation
    4. Emergency Industrial Screen operation
    5. Industrial Screen safety concerns
  3. Classification equipment and systems
    1. Classification equipment types
    2. Classification terminology
    3. Principles of classification
    4. Hydraulic, Mechanical classifiers
    5. Hydrocyclones, Hydrocyclone operation
  4. Crushing & Grinding Circuits
    1. Crusher circuit terminology
    2. Crusher circuit components
    3. Crusher circuit operation
    4. Grinding circuit terminology
    5. Grinding circuit components
    6. Grinding circuit operation
  5. Mill Equipment Safety
    1. General safety standards with rotating equipment
    2. General equipment LOTO safety standards
    3. Specific safety concerns with Crushers & Grinding units
    4. Specific safety concerns with screens & classifiers
    5. Mill equipment electrical safety
  6. Mill Operation and Efficiency (Stockpile through Grinding Circuit)
    1. Guidelines for proper conveyor operation/efficiency
    2. Guidelines for proper crusher circuit operation/efficiency
    3. Guidelines for proper grinding circuit operation/efficiency
    4. Mill circuits process variables
    5. Mill capacity vs Mill efficiency/recovery

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
Apprenticeship USA United States Department of Labor

AMIT 129: Surface Mine Safety

Welcome to AMIT 129. This course includes the rights of miners, an introduction to the work environment, ground control, hazard  recognition, first aid and explosive safety. This course fulfills the Mine Safety Health  Administration requirements for surface miner training. Students are awarded MSHA  certificate upon completion of the class. (1+0)

Course Information

Credits: 1

Prerequisites: None

Instructional Goals

  1. Identify the role of a mill operator technician/miner in safety.
  2. Explain the terminology utilized by mill operator technicians with mining safety systems.
  3. Explain safety issues related to mine transportation.
  4. Explain safety issues related to fires and firefighting.
  5. Explain and demonstrate Hazard Recognition as applied by MSHA.
  6. Explain safety issues related to mine explosives and blasting.
  7. Describe the safety concerns and safety systems applied to conveyor system
  8. Explain safety issues related to Health
  9. Explain safety issues related to mine electrical hazards.
  10. Explain safety issues related to chemical hazards.

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 facility/minePerformance answering identified mine safety test questions
Students demonstrate proper safety practices around open pit mine siteObserved performance demonstrating proper (general) safety practices required
Students demonstrate knowledge of mine transportation systemPerformance answering identified mine transportation systems test questions

Observed performance identifying hazards of transportation
Students demonstrate knowledge of dust control,
housekeeping
Performance answering identified types of dust test questions

Observed performance identifying causes of dusts
Students demonstrate knowledge of conveyor systemPerformance answering identified conveyor test questions

Observed performance identifying conveyor parts
Students demonstrate knowledge of mine blastingPerformance answering identified explosives test questions

Observed performance identifying blasting procedures
Students demonstrate knowledge of crushing equipmentPerformance answering identified crushing equipment hazard test questions

Observed performance identifying crushers
Students demonstrate knowledge of ground control typesPerformance answering identified methods in ground control test questions

Observed performance identifying ground failures

Course Outline

  1. Mine intro
    1. Mine terminology
    2. Mining methods
    3. Mining equipment and their function
    4. Ground Control
    5. Mining Hazards
  2. Open pit mine
    1. Open pit mining terminology
    2. Size of open pits
    3. Importance of proper design
    4. Personal Protective Equipment
    5. Employee responsibilities
    6. Types of PPE
  3. Mine Entering
    1. Check-in and Check-out procedures
    2. Safety in Mine transportation system
    3. Signs
    4. Mine communication system
  4. Health, Clean up and Housekeeping
    1. Airborne particles and their effects
    2. Dust Control
    3. Hazards from toxic materials
    4. Housekeeping procedures
    5. Spillage hazards
  5. Hazard Recognition
    1. Mining hazard and accident prevention
    2. Analysis of accidents and contributing factors
    3. Causes of accidents
  6. Conveyor system
    1. Conveyor
    2. Conveyor lock out and tag out system
    3. Conveyor pull cords
    4. Visible signs of bad conveyor
  7. Mine explosives
    1. Hazards in use of explosives
    2. Safe work procedures with explosives
  8. Mine maps, Emergency Evacuation
    1. Mine map
    2. Causes of mine emergencies
    3. Mine emergency warning system
    4. Escapeways and emergency evacuation
  9. Mine Fires and Fire Fighting
    1. Types of fires
    2. Firefighting equipment and methods
  10. Mine Ground Control
    1. Causes of ground failure
    2. Types of ground failure
    3. Methods in Ground Control
    4. Responsibilities for back and ground control
  11. Mine Electrical Hazards
    1. Electrical circuit
    2. Effects of electricity on humans
    3. Factors contributing to electrical accidents
    4. Rescue Techniques
    5. Lock-out and Tag-out procedures
  12. Crusher and mill operations safety
    1. Crusher blockage
    2. Crusher and mill maintenance
    3. General hazards
  13. Chemical hazards
    1. Health hazards
    2. Material Safety Data Sheet
    3. Label color
  14. General hazards
    1. Noise
    2. Vibration

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
Apprenticeship USA United States Department of Labor