The Department of Mining Engineering was established in 1954 as a part of the Maclagan Engineering College and has the distinction of being the first in the country to offer a formal degree course in Mining Engineering. Mining Engineering program has the tradition, history and repute of producing quality mining engineers who are serving both nationally and internationally.

The department started a new degree specialization in Petroleum and Gas Engineering (1969) which was later constituted as an independent department. The department also started the Geological Engineering degree program in the year 2001, which became an independent and accredited program in 2006.

The department is continuing its postgraduate program since 1976 and offers courses for the degrees leading to M.Sc. and PhD in Mining Engineering. The Courses are aimed at bringing the students abreast with the most recent developments in their fields of specialization. The department has initiated a new M. Sc. program titled Tunneling and Underground Excavation Engineering in 2017 to cope with the increasing demand of expertise in tunneling projects of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The department offers consultancy and testing facilities to various Mining, Geo-tech, Geological and Civil Engineering Companies as well as Government and private-sector agencies involved in Mining, Minerals and Earth-Sciences fields.