Epiroc, a productivity partner for the mining and infrastructure industries, has donated a FlexiROC T20 R drill rig and consumables to the mining engineering program at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. The FlexiROC T20 R replaces outdated equipment at the school’s nationally recognized Experimental Mine, where students gain hands-on experience with real equipment and mining practices.
The Missouri S&T mining engineering program provides a broad engineering education with strong expertise in mining engineering and a cultural foundation for the mining industry. At the Experimental Mine facility, students get first-hand experience in surface and underground methods, blasting, ground control, ventilation, pyrotechnic displays, and extensive research in air blast and ground vibrations. Home to a popular Summer Explosives Camp for high school students, the mine has topped a Popular Science magazine list of “Awesome College Labs” multiple times.
Epiroc’s FlexiROC T20 R has joined the fleet of equipment used for practical hands-on experience at the Experimental Mine. The donation was facilitated by Chris Upp, vice president and general manager at long-time Epiroc customer Conco Companies and a member of the development board for the Missouri S&T mining and explosives engineering programs.