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Internship / Co-op
Fixed term contract

Full Job Description

Welcome to Vale in Canada. As a leader in the mining industry, our responsibility is to positively impact our people, communities and the environment. We value our workforce and offer continuous training and career development opportunities for our people.

Vale is a global leader in the production of iron ore and one of the largest producers of nickel. Active in Canada for over 100 years, Vale employs nearly 6,000 people across our corporate office in Toronto and sites in Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador. Applying the latest technologies to sustainably produce nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver is at the heart of what we do.

With our global headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and approximately 125,000 employees in over 30 countries, Vale is constantly growing and changing. We invite you to be part of our evolution.

Our open-pit mine and concentrator in Voisey’s Bay - Vale’s only fly-in/fly-out operation in Canada - produces nickel-cobalt-copper concentrate and copper concentrate. An underground expansion will see a transition to a leading edge underground mine extending the life of the mine until 2034. Our state-of the-art facility in Long Harbour is the first nickel processing plant in the world to use hydrometallurgy technology to produce Plating RoundsTM from hard rock (sulphide) concentrate, with low carbon footprint compared to traditional smelter technology. Our offices in St. John’s and Goose Bay provide support to the Newfoundland and Labrador Operations

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking 2 MINING ENGINEERING OR GEOLOGY CO-OP STUDENTS – FALL 2022 to join our Mine Technical Services Team at our remote mine site in Voisey’s Bay, Labrador, a fly-in fly-out operation. This fixed term (4 month) position will be on a 2 week in/2 week out rotation.

As a Mining Engineering or Geology Co-op Student, you will have the opportunity to further your development by providing day-to-day support for various projects and initiatives within the Voisey’s Bay Mine MTS team. From assisting with technical designs and reviews to performing field tasks, your assignments will assist in meeting our production goals. At Voisey’s Bay you will learn and participate in leadership development, diversity & inclusion within a culture that provides a holistic and enriching experience like no other. You will also gain a deeper understanding of our company and our sustainable approach to mining via exposure to other Vale operations in Canada and our global headquarters in Brazil.

In this position, you will:

  • Provide technical support to the Technical Services team to meet technical deliverables and production targets;
  • Be assigned a work term project and be mentored by one of our technical leaders;
  • Execute technical studies/design work and gain experience using 3D and CAD tools in an operational environment;
  • Dependent on area of study and previous experience, travel with field staff performing such activities as grade control, underground mapping, core logging, surveying, ventilation measurements, quality control audits, etc.;
  • Participate in HAZOP’s and other safety reviews;
  • Plan and implement work in a manner that promotes safe working environment and ensure that adverse environmental effects are minimized;
  • Provide support for ensuring engineering standards, codes, and guidelines are implemented.

About You

  • Currently enrolled as a student in an Engineering (Co-op) Program, preferably in a mining, civil, or electrical concentration;
  • Ability to relocate to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador for the duration of the co-op term;
  • Experience in an underground mining environment would be considered an asset;
  • Previous experience with Deswik or other mine planning software would be considered an asset;
  • Solid verbal, written and analytical communication skills;
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office products—knowledge in Excel is essential;
  • Proven time management and organization skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Ability to manage time effectively and meet deadlines;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and a proven safety record are essential.

What’s in it for You?

  • Competitive salary
  • Opportunities to build your network and lots of fun!

Difference Makes All the Difference

At Vale, we are committed to ensuring an inclusive work environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. Vale encourages everyone to express their ideas and opinions and Vale values the plurality of individual profiles. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or any other personal consideration that makes us different.

Vale is an equal opportunity employer seeking to increase diversity across our operations and improve equal opportunity at Vale and in the mining industry.


Interested applicants must submit their application online at Innu Nation members and Nunatsiavut beneficiaries can also submit their application to their Vale Aboriginal Employment Coordinator.

Deadline to Apply: June 24, 2022

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