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 TCM Day


Friday, March 8, 2024
8:30am ~ 2:30pm
and Late Registration: 8:30am
Undergraduate Learning Center


TCM Day is the longest-running tradition on campus where participants unite to do three things. First, to remember the university's roots of mining and engineering. Second, to pay homage to the patron saint of engineering, St. Pat. Last, to grow our school spirit of being UTEP Miners. Team-building activities are integrated throughout the day that will challenge and engage all students, faculty, and staff from around the campus.


  • Student Registration is available via Job Mine using your UTEP login and password before the day of the event; late registration will be at 8:30 the day of the event at the specified location - $15 per student
  • Faculty and staff, email if you plan to participate - $20 per faculty or staff
  • Alumni, email if you plan to participate ($20) or volunteer


TCM Songs

The Mining Engineer’s Song was first was compiled by H.D. “Bevo” Bevans (Mining, 1929) in 1928. The verses were created from several sources of songs and rhymes about engineers. In 1928-29 the first copies of the song were mimeographed and sold by the upperclassmen at ten cents per copy. The proceeds from this sale were given to a loan fund for needy students.

In 2014, Will Davis (MME, 2002) with the support of the Engineering Alumni Chapter updated the song that UTEP Engineering students and alumni sing during TCM, Homecoming and other events and celebrations throughout the year.

Mining Engineer's Song

In 2014, soldiers from Ft. Bliss reinvigorated TCM Day with physical conditioning, marching, and the learning of a cadence, They Say that in the Guard. This approach to organizing the over 300 participants (approximately 150 finished the day to receive their Green Card) allowed to move the group around campus safer and more efficiently.

They Say That In The Guard


Alumni and Faculty

Come be a part of the TCM Day festivities. Specifically, come join us for the Bean Feed from 12:45-2:00pm at the Engineering Breezeway. Only $20 per person. Don’t forget your Green Card!

Volunteers are also needed for the Team Mining Challenge from 10am-2pm – Meet outside and behind the Classroom Building on the lower level by 10:00am as we will disperse around campus to prepare for this race.


TCM Day Longest Running Tradition



FAQs About TCM and Its Traditions

Q: What is TCM Day all about?

A: WATCH: College of Engineering Celebrates TCM Day 2019

K12 Outreach




Q: How do I register to participate in TCM Day and what should I bring the day of the event?

A: Students can pre-register on-line via Job Mine and pay $15.00/person with credit card or pay cash (exact change) on the day of the event. Bring clothes that you don’t mind getting “Miner dirty” and comfortable shoes as some hiking will occur on the mountain.

Q: What do I get when I register for TCM Day and the Team Mining Challenge?

A: Registration for TCM Day will get you lunch (aka Bean Feed), a miner's hard hat and TCM t-shirt (while supplies last), and entry to participate in the Team Mining Challenge. The Team Mining Challenge is a ~2.5 mile race done in teams of 5 that takes them all over campus. Winning team takes home $500, but everyone gets to \experience the rigors and challenges faced by miners of the past.

Q: How do I get a certificate?

A: A mini certificate, aka as the TCM Day Green Card, are issued to participants who complete all elements of TCM Day.

Q: What are the Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Student Awards?

A: First, APO was the social fraternity that started the St. Pat's Day initiation in 1920 or what is known today as TCM Day. Many APO activities involved student pride and spirit. Today, the APO awards recognize students who contributed to the same UTEP esprit de corps and culture that keeps tradition like TCM Day alive and kicking.

Q: What if I have class? Do I miss?

A: Talk to your professor(s) about participating in TCM Day and invite them to join you while you are at it. If you must leave the group, talk to a coordinator (person with the green hard hat ) or report to the registration site to ask for a map of where you can catch up when you return.



  • Engineering Student Leadership Council, Green Hats
  • The Might Guard of St. Pat
  • UTEP Academic Advising Center, Decorating Contest Judges
  • UTEP Alumni Relations
  • UTEP Earth, Environmental & Resource Sciences Department
  • UTEP Engineering Alumni Network
  • UTEP Facilities Services
  • UTEP Metallurgical, Materials & Biomedical Engineering Department
  • UTEP Military Science, team-building cadre


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The University of Texas at El Paso
TCM Day Planning Committee
Blarney Stone Park
500 W University
El Paso, Texas 79968
P: (915) 747-5460