Careers in Mining

Trang Tran-Valade

Trang Tran-Valade

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President
FORTAI

Put best by the Ontario Mining Association, “Mining is the backbone of the Ontario economy and keeps our society functioning with everyday essentials. The materials and products we deliver help us stay healthy, meet our basic life needs, remain safe and connected, and sustain northern economies. Mining helps us build a better world.” With the recent COVID-19 pandemic, mining is once again highlighted as an essential service. This industry is not only important to our economy, but it also transforms people’s lives and communities for the better.

I’ve been in this industry for over 15 years and still love going to work every day. Aside from being charged with interesting and challenging daily work, my job has taken me around the world and I am grateful for the diverse group of hard-working individuals that have crossed my path. I have learned so much from colleagues and peers within work, volunteer, and industry groups. More specifically, I work in a technology manufacturing company. The work we do exposes me to high tech innovations such as artificial intelligence, autonomous navigation, and battery electric vehicles. Collaborating with other like-minded and intelligent professionals to bring these exciting technologies to mining for the better is truly exhilarating!

There are many benefits to a career in mining including high compensation – mining is one of the highest paying jobs in the market; technological advances – new technologies and innovations are continually changing the industry and how tasks are completed. These advances help make jobs easier, safer, and more interesting; growth and training opportunities - the continued changes of this exciting industry create many opportunities for ongoing staff growth and development; and relocation opportunities – mining is done all over the world.

 

As a professional, you have plenty of opportunities to travel to different countries, work in a variety of environments, and excavate almost any natural resource.

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Puru Kumar

Puru Kumar

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Engineer in Training II, Technology and Innovation Department (Base Metal)
Vale

Since I was a kid, I have believed in doing something different. I always had a fascination for technology and when I saw my elder brother find his calling (mechanical engineering), I knew it was time for me to start discovering a field that best represents me, and hopefully is different (from mechanical engineering). I started to read more about the technological advancement happening all around us and it made me realize that everything around us is a form of natural resource that has been harnessed and transformed for our utility, and thus began my fascination for mining – the art of transforming a natural resource into anything useful.

This field was different, unique and provided me with a sense of belonging. So, I chose to pursue Mining Engineering. Through my courses, research opportunities, internships and work experience, I have been introduced to various facades of mining concepts, processes and innovations that have further reinforced my interest in the field. I could relate my life of growing up in India and then moving to Canada to pursue higher education and career in Canada, as a journey of an ore from the mine all the way to its utility.

I am currently working at Vale as an Engineer in Training II in their Technology and Innovation Department.

  • Learn and witness different mining concepts and processes
  • Be introduced and be a part of various technological advancements and innovations in the field of mining to make it safer, more reliable and sustainable
  • Work with mining professionals and teams to learn and develop as a mining engineer
  • Collaborate with other mining corporations to work towards a common goal
  • Contribute to the culture of safety, learning and innovation
  • Travel to different sites and being exposed to various mining operations and processes
  • Create a sense of belonging to the company and the profession
  • Develop both personally and professionally
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Jennifer Beaudry

Jennifer Beaudry

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Senior Scientist – Dynamic Earth
Science North

Growing up in Sudbury, my childhood and young adulthood was filled with stories from the mining sector as both my parents worked in the industry. The impact of the work that they, and the industry achieved globally was always highlighted. Little did I know that I would end up with a career linked to the mining sector as well, but in such a different realm! I loved all sciences, but the defining moment that brought me to pursue my area of specialty was over coffee with Dr. David Pearson at my alma mater, Laurentian University. His passion and vision for Geology and Environmental Earth Sciences ignited mine. That conversation sparked new ideas and grew my thirst for knowledge about the world around us and below our feet. I started my career in mining as a Risk Management Facilitator and Environmental Technician for inactive mine sites throughout Canada. Communicating effectively was a key part of these roles and was a perfect fit for my personality and skills. It was through these experiences that I saw how important it was to get these inspiring stories out to the everyday public, and to people of all ages. I discovered that at heart I was a science communicator!

I think that I have the best, and most fun, job in all of Sudbury! My role as Senior Scientist leading the development and operations at Dynamic Earth. I meet and interact with so many different people of all ages and from all over the world and get to inspire them to learn more about mining and earth sciences. I lead a team of young people who often start their first job at Dynamic Earth, and often choose a path in the mining sector inspired by their experiences at Dynamic Earth. I enjoy our collaboration with mining industry partners, with the goal of bringing to our visitors a better understanding of the new technology, innovation and advancements emerging in the sector. Together we then develop exhibits and experiences that highlight just how exciting mining and earth sciences really are. I love when I am able to see the spark of understanding in a visitor’s’ eye when I tell them “Everything that we use has either been grown or mined”. I’m proud to be a part of the team at Science North and Dynamic Earth who are building the next generation of STEM leaders who will pursue careers in the mining sector.

For me, the benefit of choosing a career tied to mining was the opportunity to take my passion for science communication and turn this into a creative endeavour that is focused on educating the public, especially about what modern mining really means. For others, the benefit may lie in travelling to different locations all over the world, while others enjoy the opportunity to be leaders, innovate and problem solve in the world of mining initiatives. One thing that I hope everyone will take note of, no matter your career type, is that the mining sector offers a huge variety of exciting opportunities!

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Jennifer Abols

Jennifer Abols

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Executive Director/President and CEO
Goodman School of Mines and MIRARCO – Laurentian University

I fell into Mining accidentally. I started off in Chemical Engineering, but at the time Laurentian University only offered a two-year program. I was enticed to switch over to Metallurgical engineering in my second year with the promise of a co-op placement. I never looked back. Metallurgy was the right fit for me – it was practical, hands on, challenging and fun and I was able to work at four different mines and gain valuable experience before I graduated. It also offered financial benefits – I was able to graduate with money in my pocket and a much higher starting salary than any of my non-mining friends.

I love mining because of the people I have met and worked with during my career. I have worked with lots of really interesting characters over my 24 years in the industry and heard some crazy stories. I even had a boss who had scurvy while working at an isolated gold camp in Australia – he ate nothing but beans on toast for three months. I am lucky to have had some inspiring mentors (who I still count as friends) and worked with some amazing young individuals and this has been the best part of my job. My favourite experiences in mining have involved working with young people and watching them grow and mature into confident professionals and leaders.

Mining offers such a diversity of career paths. You can be anything you want in mining and earn a high salary doing it. I have been very fortunate to work in every stage of the mining cycle – from project planning and development, environmental permitting and community relations, equipment selection and sales, project construction and commissioning, operations (including tailings and water management), closure and decommissioning. I have also been fortunate to study in Sudbury – the best place on earth to study and do research in Mining – and then work all over the world, including Canada, Australia, England, the US, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. With Mining you have choices that you would not have in other fields… and it is never boring.

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