Do you want to know how a Mine is created? Are you interested in an opportunity to survey the land, create blast patterns, or operate huge pieces of heavy equipment? Then the Mine Operations Department might be for you. This team’s job is to extract iron ore from the Mary River Deposit. Part of their main goal is to create one of the largest open pit mines in the Arctic Circle.
How will they do this?
There are 4 main groups in the Mine Operations team.
It all starts with our Geology team. Geologists are scientists who study the earth and its origins; their interest is in the solid and fluid matter that makes up our world. At Baffinland’s Mary River Project, our Geology group is focused on mapping the deposit (s), creating geological models, and pointing out ore outlines. They are also responsible for grade control and dilution rates of the ore. If you are interested in how the land was formed, sampling and drilling, mapping out the deposit on a computer and providing technical outputs, this is the job for you. A Geology or Geological Engineering Degree is required for this position.
Mine engineers work hand in hand with the Geology team. Mine Engineering is a type of discipline that is focused on extracting and processing minerals from the earth. The main focus is on planning and designing the mine; which is no easy task. This team of engineers is responsible for organizing the blasts, deciding where the stockpiles/dumps of ore will go, planning the roads in and out of the mine, engineering the mine shelves and walls, and developing an extraction sequence. In general, a mine engineer needs to be an individual who can look at all angles of a problem and find a solution. A pre-requisite for this position is a Bachelor’s Degree in Mining or Civil Engineering.
Mine surveyors are a team of individuals who map and track the progression of a mine. They focus on how the mine is developing and where potential hazards may arise. Surveyors are responsible for establishing surface geodetic baselines, providing earthwork cut and fill surveys, and reviewing topographic surveys of a construction site. Overall, they monitor the progress of the mine. If you are interested in the day to day movement of the mine, you might find surveying your preferred position. You will need to have a Technical Diploma in Surveying OR past mine surveying experience to be qualified for this position.
Once a design has been created for the mine, a team of heavy equipment operators are needed to put this plan into action. Selecting a position as an operator will give you the opportunity to work on large pieces of heavy machinery including CAT 777’s, 793 Haul Trucks, D6 to D10 Dozers, Shovels, Graders and Excavators. This team puts into motion the plan and design that IS created by the engineers, geologists and surveyors. If you want to work on large pieces of equipment, follow tight deadlines and see projects through from beginning to end through construction, this position might be for you. All you need is a bit of experience on any piece of heavy equipment.