Fareeda Amirault

BSc Environmental Earth Science

Chemical Analyst

Geoscience Laboratory

Why a career in mining?

Growing up I loved everything science, so I enrolled in Environmental Earth Science, a degree that focused on geology, geography, biology and chemistry, it covered all the bases.

 

While attending Laurentian University I witnessed the construction of the Willet Green Miller Centre (WGMC) and thought to myself …hmm that’s where I would love to work one day. The WGMC was the home of Ministry of Northern Development Mines and Energy (MNDM&E), a place of science and exploration, it would be the perfect fit. I continued my studies with the hopes of working as a geologist; one semester of Field School and I realized this wasn’t actually the right fit. Nevertheless, my dream of working in science and technology at the WGMC was not deterred. In my last year of university, I secured employment as a summer student at the WGMC in the Geoscience Labs the rest is history.

Why do I love my job?

I have been a Chemical Technologist with the Geoscience Laboratories at MNDM&E for over 20 years. I love my job because I am surrounded by science and technology. I use cutting edge analytical equipment to perform different tests on geological material to produce quality data. This data aids geologists, academics and the mining industry in the compilation of maps, reports and land use activities.

 

I maintain and calibrate technical equipment and trouble shoot when mechanical and technical problems arise due to issues relating to data and samples or equipment.

My job allows me to mentor students from post secondary institutions. I get to teach them how to apply their academic knowledge in a practical and professional environment.

 

I get to attend different conferences, training courses and symposiums that showcases the latest in analytical equipment, new technologies, and exploration. I get to network with like minded individuals and learn what’s new and innovative.

Benefits to a career in mining:

I produce high quality geochemical data, which is used by the Ontario Geological Survey to inform the public on the state of the environment, climate change, ground water quality, geological hazards, land use planning and creation of geological maps. The results also assist the mining industry in mineral exploration and energy resource potential. I feel privileged to be working and contributing to such a dynamic field that has influence on the world around us.