Designing, planning and operation of surface and underground mines, tunnelling and industrial rock blasting, designing and managing mineral processing and aggregate preparation plants, carrying out environmental impact assessments of mining, exploration and mining of off-shore deposits, geophysical and geo-chemical investigations, interpretation of airborne / space borne data related to mineral occurrences, geotechnical investigations for civil construction works, solving water, soil and air related pollution issues, petroleum exploration and processing, and all aspects of gemmology.
To achieve the goal in the creation of experience in the use of natural resources of the earth for the benefit of mankind and the continued research into its availability in the future.
To cover a broad spectrum of mining, minerals and earth resources engineering utilizing the strength of diverse expertise and a total integration to achieve a sustainable supply of the resources of the world.
The history of the Department of Earth Resources Engineering dates back to 1973, when Houldsworth-Katudedda link, termed as “Leeds Link” was instituted for the establishment of graduate level education schemes in Sri Lanka. This department was established as a division of School of Applied Science, under the above link with the assistance of Overseas Development Ministry in London. From 1973 to 2000 the department was under the name of Mining and Minerals Engineering and offered the degree of Bachelor of the Science of Engineering in Mining and Minerals Engineering.
Responding to the challenges created by the expansion of the industrial sector, the economic growth, and the Government policies, the Department was restructured in the year 2000, and named as the Department of Earth Resources Engineering, covering a wider range of disciplines according to the needs of the country. As a result, the student intake per year was increased to 50.
From the year 2000, the department conducted two study streams as Mining and Minerals Engineering and Earth Resources Engineering, under its degree program of B.Sc.Eng. in Earth Resources Engineering. In the year 2004, the Department was awarded a grant funded by the World Bank for the purpose of improving the relevance and quality of undergraduate education.
Consequently, the department revised and expanded its undergraduate curriculum to offer four minor under the study stream of Earth Resources Engineering under its B.Sc.Eng. Degree in Earth Resources Engineering. These four minors are, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information System (RS&GIS), Ocean Resources Engineering, Gem and Jewelllery and Geo-environmental Engineering.