Vale Limited

Mining 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 MINING ENGINEERING CO-OP STUDENT SPRING 2021 to join our Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion Project Team in Voisey’s Bay. This is a fixed term (4 month) position with fly-in fly-out operations with two weeks on, two weeks off rotation based.

As a Mining 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 Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion Team. From assisting with the overall engineering designs and reviews to meet our execution schedule for the Voisey’s Bay Mine Expansion Project 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:
  • Provide technical support to the engineering team to meet engineering deliverables.
  • Provide technical support to the contractors in their respective discipline and assess the quality of the work in the field.
  • Execute engineering studies/assessments work through the utilization of the data-centric 3D and CAD tools.
  • Provide support into detailed design to meet operational requirements.
  • Provide technical support for preparation of engineering design deliverables such as drawings, specifications, and scopes of work.
  • 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.
  • Assist with reviewing various forms of disciplinary project data, analyze, and then effectively communicate areas requiring focus.
  • Provide guidance as it relates to their respective engineering discipline.
  • 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 mining engineering.
  • 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 are encouraged to submit their application online at or by forwarding their application to their Vale Aboriginal Employment Coordinator.

Deadline to Apply: Friday February 26 th , 2021

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