Epiroc USA and Montana Tech Professors Collaborate to Donate Equipment to Underground Mining Education Center

SOURCE: Epic/Montana Tech | March 27, 2024

Butte, Montana: Montana Technological University’s Underground Mine Education Center (UMEC) has received a substantial donation in the form of an Epiroc Scooptram ST2D underground loader. This collaboration between Epiroc and dedicated educators marks a significant milestone in bolstering the educational resources available to students at the UMEC.

The Scooptram ST2D, tailored for narrow-vein operations, with a capacity of 3.6 metric tons, represents a cutting-edge addition to the UMEC’s training equipment. This state-of-the-art loader, designed for navigating mining tunnels and efficiently removing material, promises to elevate students’ hands-on learning experiences in underground mining, providing them with practical skills on industry-standard equipment essential for successful careers in mining engineering.

Associate Professor Scott Rosenthal and Adjunct Professor Sonya Rosenthal spearheaded the initiative to procure the Scooptram ST2D for the UMEC. Their commitment to mining education and the future of aspiring professionals in the field led to the realization of this donation, facilitated by Epiroc’s exceptional concessionary pricing arrangement. Assistant Professor Chris Roos, instrumental in identifying this opportunity, recognized the transformative potential of integrating the Scooptram ST2D into the UMEC’s curriculum during his attendance at Yellowstone Dig It Days.

Scott Rosenthal, inaugurating the Scooptram ST2D, highlighted the donation’s significance for the UMEC, stating, “We saw the opportunity to provide a tangible benefit to the students. The introduction of the Scooptram ST2D allows students to gain practical skills on industry-standard equipment, preparing them for successful careers in mining engineering, and we have received great response and profound gratitude from our mining engineering students.”

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