Graduate Certificate Programs

Explosives Technology

Department of Mining and Nuclear Engineering (Explosives Engineering Program)

Program Description:
This certificate program is designed to provide formalized education in the area of explosives. Students will be exposed to the theoretical and practical approaches of explosives technology. Students will learn analysis and design of explosive-related systems and both natural and built structure effects.

One of the following four courses is required:

  • EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering
  • EXP ENG 5711 Explosives in Industry
  • EXP ENG 5721 Speciality Uses of Energetic Materials
  • EXP ENG 5914 Explosives Manufacturing

Choose an additional three courses from the list above or below:

  • EXP ENG 5112 Explosives Handling And Safety
  • EXP ENG 5512 Commercial Pyrotechnics Operations
  • EXP ENG 5513 Stage Pyrotechnics and Special Effects
  • EXP ENG 5514 Display Fireworks Manufacturing
  • EXP ENG 5555 Computer Fired Pyrotechnic Show Design and Firing System Operation
  • EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology
  • EXP ENG 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures
  • MIN ENG 5922 Advanced Tunneling & Underground Construction Techniques
  • EXP ENG 6112 Explosives Regulations

*Other courses approved by the explosives engineering faculty may be substituted for any of the above listed courses on a case-by-case basis.

Please check the Schedule of Classes for a current listing of the courses available for distance students.

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EXP ENG 5112 Explosives Handling and Safety (LEC 3.0; Campus only)

Basic handling & safety for explosives, explosive devices and ordnance related to laboratory handling, testing, manufacturing & storage, for both civil and defense applications. Prerequisite: Min Eng 5612. Successful background check.

EXP ENG 5512 Commercial Pyrotechnics Operations** (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)

Provide participants with training preparing for Missouri Licensed Display Operator (Outdoor) License and advanced lead pyrotechnic operator training. Class work will be complemented by practical training in laboratory sessions, culminating in a full pyrotechnic show, from start to finish. Prerequisites: Both Chem 1310 and Chem 1319 or their equivalent; US Citizen or permanent resident, Successful background check, resident enrollment at Missouri S&T.

EXP ENG 5513 Stage Pyrotechnics and Special Effects** (LEC 1.0 and LAB 2.0)

Use of energetic materials in close proximity to audiences. Provide participants with training preparing for Missouri Pyrotechnics Display Operators License. Covers: close proximity indoor and outdoor pyrotechnics and special effects. Working with stage crews and talent, safety and permitting. Prerequisites: Both Chem 1310 and Chem 1319 or their equivalent; US Citizen or permanent resident, Successful background check, resident enrollment at Missouri S&T.

EXP ENG 5514 Display Fireworks Manufacturing (LAB 2.0 and LEC 1.0)

Theory and practice of manufacturing display fireworks. Focusing on safety, chemical interaction, color development, basic theory, state and federal law. The lab will include hands on building of ball and canister shells and other pyrotechnic effects. Prerequisites: Chem 1310, Chem 1319, Chem 1100; one of Econ 1100, Econ 1200, Eng Mgt 1210; Successful background check.

EXP ENG 555 Computer Fired Pyrotechnic Show Design and Firing System Operation** (LAB 2.0 and LEC 1.0)

Students will learn to use music editing, electronic firing system operation and Fire One pyrotechnic choreography and simulation software to design their own pyromusical show programs. Creation of a musical sound track, selecting the fireworks and choreographing to the musical score. Create, setup, diagnose and fire a pyrotechnic show. Shooting of a choreographed display potentially may be off site. Prerequisites: Exp Eng 5512 or Exp Eng 5513 and successful background check.

EXP ENG 5612 Principles of Explosives Engineering (LEC 2.0 and LAB 1.0)

Theory and application of explosives in the mining industry; explosives, initiating systems, characteristics of explosive reactions and rock breakage, fundamentals of blast design, drilling and blasting, regulatory and safety considerations. Prerequisites: Min Eng 2126; accompanied or preceded by Civ Eng 3715 or Geology 3310 or Geology 2611; Successful background check. (Co-listed with Min Eng 5612).

EXP ENG 5622 Blasting Design and Technology (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)

Advanced theory and application of explosives in excavation; detailed underground blast design; specialized blasting including blast casting, construction and pre-splitting. Introduction to blasting research. Examination of field applications. Prerequisites: Min Eng 5612. Student must be at least 21 years of age. Successful background check. (Co-listed with Min Eng 5622).

EXP ENG 5713 Demolition of Buildings and Structures (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)

Provide participants with basics and solid grounding in the equipment, techniques and processes required for the demolition and remediation of mine plant and processing equipment sites and non-mining structures such as buildings, factories, bridges, etc. Field trip required. Prerequisites: Preceded or accompanied by Civ Eng 2200 or Mech Eng 2340; US citizen or permanent resident; Successful background check.

MIN ENG 5922 Advanced Tunneling & Underground Construction Techniques (LAB 1.0 and LEC 2.0)

Advanced topics in mechanical and conventional excavation techniques in underground tunneling and construction. Topics include tunneling layouts design, equipment and performance modeling, ground control systems including support, drainage, and structural integrity. Construction specifications, advance rate and contractual and cost estimation. Students will complete a research paper or project report. Prerequisites: Min Eng 4922 or Consent of Instructor.

EXP ENG 6112 Explosives Regulations (LEC 3.0)

Comprehensive coverage of the federal regulations governing the explosives industry, including those governing storage of explosives (ATF), transportation of explosives (DOT and TSA), the environment (EPA) and use of explosives (OSM, MSHA and OSHA). Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

**Please note in addition to either on campus, off campus, or distance, this course also includes field trips and possible weekend hours.

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The explosives technology certificate program is open to all graduates holding a BA, or advanced higher degree that has a mathematics background through trigonometry (Missouri S&T Math 6 or equivalent) and a minimum of 12-months of post-BA professional employment experience.

The student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in the four courses required for this graduate certificate. Students admitted to a graduate certificate program will have non-degree student status, but will earn graduate credit for the courses they complete. If the four-course sequence is completed with a grade of B or better in each of the courses taken, the student, upon application, will be admitted to the MS degree in explosives engineering, but will be precluded from taking any graduate courses until successful completion of the following prerequisite courses:

  1. S&T Chem 1310 (1) General Chemistry 1 (or equivalent)
  2. S&T Chem 1319 (2) General Chemistry 1 Lab (or equivalent)
  3. S&T Chem 1100 (4) Intro to Lab Safety & Hazardous Materials (or equivalent)
  4. S&T Math 1214 (14) Calculus for Engineers 1 (or equivalent)
  5. S&T Math 1215 (15) Calculus for Engineers 2 (or equivalent)
  6. S&T Physics 1135 (23) Engineering Physics 1 (or equivalent)
  7. S&T IDE 2340 (140) Statics and Dynamics (or equivalent)

The certificate courses taken by students admitted to the MS program will apply toward their master’s degrees. Once admitted to a certificate program, a student will be given three years to complete the program so long as he or she maintains at least a B average in the courses taken.

The applicant must also pass a background check.

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Students applying for a business project management graduate certificate will need the following:

Complete the Online Application. When you start your application select "Graduate Online/Distance" and then select which certificate you are applying for. Don't forget to list your current employer and company location on the application.

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Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education requires that all certificate programs must disclose particular Gainful Employment information to current and prospective students. The information that is provided in the disclosure includes the estimated cost of the certificate program as well as on-time graduation and job placement rates for this particular certificate program. The disclosure information is based on data from the 2016-17 school year (defined as the period between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017)


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Graduate certificates were designed as a gateway to a master’s degree. If a student earns a B or better in each certificate course they may continue for the graduate degree (in the corresponding department), without needing to submit GRE scores, or letters of recommendation*. A student does not need to continue on for the graduate degree, however most do. Graduate certificates were designed for working professionals who have real life work experience and may not have time to take the GRE. Admission requirements for the graduate certificate program are also more relaxed than the graduate degree. This graduate certificate may act as a gateway to the following master’s programs:

Explosives Engineering (MS)
Mining Engineering (MS)

(Applicants must indicate which program they wish to use the certificate as a gateway for when initially applying for the certificate).

*Completion of a graduate certificate program does not automatically guarantee admission into a corresponding graduate degree program. To continue in a master’s degree program, you must apply. Click here for details and check with academic department for program specific details and requirements.

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All courses are offered through distance education in a short condensed format, typically 5-8 weeks in length, over the internet, via live streaming video; collaborative learning software includes WebEx and Blackboard; classes are archived online for review and easy access.

Course Management Software: Blackboard.

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