What is "Down For That"?

“Down For That” is an initiative that informs students about the underground industry through resources and opportunities to get involved. Led by the Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (UCA of SME), this website is a one-stop resource for students, professors, and industry professionals to gain knowledge and share information on the underground construction and tunneling industry.

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Students, Professors, and Industry Professionals: Learn How to Get Involved

The first step in an exciting career in the underground starts with education. We invite students and professors to browse our library for resources and information. Industry professionals can contribute their real-world experience through presentations, papers, and individual profiles.

Engineering Students

Explore videos, papers, and presentations on underground topics. Find out about tunnel tours and scholarships.

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Engineering Professors

Browse presentations and content to support classroom lessons. Find tunnel tours and speaker lists for classes and clubs.

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Underground Professionals

Build the workforce pipeline. Become recognized by young engineers by contributing presentations and offering guest speakers and tunnel tours.

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Engineering Students were surveyed
Here's what we found


Are very interested in seeing a tunnel under construction, but they don't know where to find one


Learn about careers from their professors, but they wish they knew more about underground careers


Know underground is a place for careers, but they don't know what the jobs are like

Industry Profiles

The underground construction and tunneling workforce brings engineers from across multiple disciplines to create innovative solutions crucial to society, economies, and the environment. Explore the diverse stories of these professionals who make up the underground industry.

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I had a great experience at the conference. There were a lot of networking opportunities and I was able to get some great advice concerning my career.”

Rahel Dean-Pelikan UCA of SME Scholarship Recipient

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