Saudi Mining Polytechnic (SMP) was established in 2012 as a partnership between the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Ma’aden) to develop cadres of young Saudis for the mining industry. The University of Missouri MST was initially contracted as the operator for SMP. The technical programs were designed and developed by the University of Missouri MST.
In pursuit of quality, SMP has seven state-of-the-art simulators and a mini plant to simulate the mining process, thus setting it as a leader in delivering vocational training in mining in the Gulf area. SMP has a strong English language program that enables graduates to have a minimum language proficiency level B1 on the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR). SMP runs a very active Toastmasters Club that aims to develop speaking and leadership skills in a safe and supportive environment.
SMP focuses on graduating well-rounded operators by developing strong life skills including discipline, work ethics, safety attitude, effective communication and leadership. A safety exhibition has been established at SMP to propagate industrial and personal safety awareness. A fabrication lab (FAB LAB) has also been established to promote innovation and creativity.
In pursuit of quality, SMP applied for quality review and recognition through renowned quality and accreditation agencies including King Abdulaziz Award for Excellence and Education and Technical Evaluation Commission (ETEC).