Short Courses and Conferences

Introduction to Mineral Processing

July 18-21, 2017

Course Description

This course is designed for engineers, scientists, and others working in the mineral or particulate processing industries. It is intended to provide an overview of each of the important unit operations used in particulate processing of minerals. The fundamentals are introduced but are not overly emphasized in this course, so the course is suitable for individuals associated with the mineral industry, such as those in technical sales, regulatory agencies, and related fields. The course will also be a useful refresher for those already engaged in mineral processing activities.

The course will emphasize the unit operations utilized in industry and their application to operations. Topics covered will include:

  • Characterization (mineralogy, size, liberation)
  • Analysis of separation efficiency
  • Size reduction
  • Separations based on particle size, density, floatability, magnetic susceptibility, conductivity
  • Solid-liquid separations
  • Materials handling

The final session will concentrate on integration — how the various processes relate to each other and how they are controlled — so that the total operation can be optimized. The course will provide copies of the presentation materials. Included in this course are laboratory demonstrations of some of the processes discussed.

Upon Completion...

Colorado School of Mines will award 2.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon completion of this course.


Patrick R. Taylor is the George S. Ansell Distinguished Professor of Chemical Metallurgy and Director of the Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy at the Colorado School of Mines. He has more than 40 years of experience in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy teaching, research and consulting. Dr. Taylor received his Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines.

Corby G. Anderson is the Harrison Western Professor of Metallurgical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He has more than 35 years of experience In mineral processing and extractive metallurgy industrial operations, engineering design, teaching, research and consulting. Dr. Anderson received his PhD from the University of Idaho.

D. Erik Spiller is Vice President and Principal Metallurgist with Tetra Tech and a Research Professor at the Colorado School of Mines. He is a graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with more than 40 years of mineral processing experience including senior management positions in research, operations, equipment and engineering companies.

Course Agenda

An agenda for the course, including a listing of the topics covered, is available. Learn more...


The course will be taught on the campus of the Colorado School of Mines in Golden (near Denver), Colorado USA. Learn more...

Fees and Registration

Registration for this course is open now. Enrollment is limited; therefore, applications will be accepted in the order received. Full information about fees, options, and payment methods is available. Learn more...

Travel and Accommodations

Registrants are responsible for their own travel arrangements, transportation, lodging, and meals. Additional information is available through the links below.

Further Technical Information

For more information about the course content, please contact:

Dr. Patrick Taylor

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