July 9 – 12, 2024
Golden, Colorado USA

About this course…

We thought it was time to offer — within a basic short course — information about how newer technologies are influencing mineral processing. As a result, this course will provide an introduction suitable for those just entering the world of mineral processing, as well as a look to the future as driven by contemporary innovation. It will provide engineers, scientists, technical sales teams, government agencies personnel, and others working in the field directly or in supporting roles, an overview of important particulate separation unit operations. The course is also suitable for recyclers since particulate separation is fundamental to most recycling processes.

The course will emphasize the unit operations used in industry and their application to operations as follows:

  • Feed characterization (mineralogy, size, liberation)
  • Comminution (size reduction via crushing, grinding, and etc.) for liberation
  • Particulate separation based on particle size, floatability, specific gravity, magnetic susceptibility, conductivity, and other mineral traits
  • Liquid-solid separation and tailings management
  • Process flowsheets and their control
  • How to know how well your plant is operating

The outcome of the course will be an appreciation of how processes evolve from feed to products. Copies of the course presentation materials will be provided. Finally, there will be laboratory demonstrations of many of the unit operations discussed in the class.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for engineers, scientists, technical sales teams, government agencies personnel, and others working in the field of mineral processing directly or in supporting roles.

Continuing education credits

Colorado School of Mines will award 2.0 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) to participants who complete this course.


The course will be taught by four CSM faculty members and a number of industry experts. Learn more…


The course will be taught on the campus of Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado USA. Learn more…


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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:

Erik Spiller
Research Professor
Kroll Institute for Extractive Metallurgy
Email: espiller@mines.edu

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