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Mining and Industrial Extension

The Department of Mining and Industrial Extension provides on-site, technical assistance and training to manufacturers and the coal mining industry in West Virginia and throughout the region. By working with our partners in industry and government, we are making continued progress toward our goal of service to our state, its industries and people.


Mining Extension experts have been working with miners for over 100 years and Industrial Extension experts have nearly 100 years of combined manufacturing experience from various industries. We provide customizable training experiences to meet your needs developed by our experienced, dedicated, and certified training staff. Delivering world class training and industry education is the backbone of who we are. Let’s Go!

Our Mission

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West Virginia University's Mining Extension Service Program housed in the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources is one of the oldest in the country. Established in 1913, the program works independently and cooperatively with state and federal agencies, academic departments at WVU, and mining companies in West Virginia, the nation and the world. The centerpiece of the program is the simulated underground coal mine located at the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies, which serves as the hub for many of the programs and services offered by the Mining Extension Service Program.

Did You Know?


The Mining Extension Service was established in 1913 to extend the resources and expertise of West Virginia University to coal miners in the Mountain State and subsequently the nation.

In addition to mine and fire responder training, we also provide emergency response training, EMT-M, first aid, CPR and AED Certifications.

We have trained students from all over the world, including as far as Peabody, Australia!

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The WVU Mine Rescue Team is a student-managed organization dedicated to improving mine emergency response and safety advised by the Mining Extension program.


WVU has won its second international mine rescue competition!

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