Vale Limited

Mechanical/Electrical Engineering Co-op Student

VNL, Canada
Feb 10, 2021
Mar 12, 2021
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Who We Are

Vale is a global mining company headquartered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We are leaders in the production of iron ore and one of the largest global producers of nickel. In Canada, Vale employs approximately 6,000 people in our corporate office in Toronto and at sites in Manitoba, Ontario, and Newfoundland and Labrador, where we produce nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver.

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. 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 Rounds TM from hard rock (sulphide) concentrate. Our offices in St. John’s and Goose Bay provide support to the Newfoundland and Labrador Operations.

Through their hard work, innovation and forward thinking, it is our employees, and a wholesome orebody of course, that ensures a bright future for Vale in Canada – a future we want you to be a part of.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a MECHANICAL OR ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING CO-OP STUDENT to join our Vale Newfoundland and Labrador Operations in Voisey’s Bay. This is a fixed term (4 month) position.

As a Mechanical or Electrical Engineering 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 Surface Field Engineering Department. From operations to leadership development, diversity & inclusion and culture, you will have 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:
  • Engineering Design – Working with the discipline engineers to develop detailed mechanical, piping, electrical & instrumentation engineering drawings and specifications. Maintaining the record of plant and participating in quality reviews of engineering contractor deliverables.
  • Contract Coordination – coordinating the day to day interface with engineering and construction contractors, including ensuring timelines and other contractual requirements are being met by all parties and assisting with the preparation of scopes of work for contracts.
  • Project Planning – Assisting with project schedule development during the planning phase by soliciting input from the project and discipline engineers and monitoring & controlling schedule progress during the Execution phase. This includes contractor oversight to ensure all schedules are aligned and their schedule reports meet Vale requirements.
  • Quality Assurance – assisting with periodic internal audits to ensure written procedures stay relevant and up to date and conducting periodic audits of construction contractors.
  • Document Control – Assisting with document management support and handling the transmission of formal communications to/from external contractors.
  • Support the Safe Production Model of risk and hazard management and lead by example.

About You
  • Currently enrolled as a student in a Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (Co-op) Program.
  • Previous work experience in an industrial setting would be an asset.
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal communication, 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 are encouraged to submit their application online at or by forwarding their application to their Vale Aboriginal Employment Coordinator.

Deadline to Apply: Thursday February 25 th , 2021

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