Vale Limited

Assistant Shift Engineer 1

VNL, Canada
May 04, 2021
Jun 03, 2021
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Who We Are

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 by the end of 2020 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 Assistant Shift Engineer 1’s to join our Site Services Department in Voisey’s Bay, NL. This is a permanent position.

This permanent position is based at the Voisey’s Bay mine site in Labrador, a fly-in fly-out operation. This position is on a two week on, two week off rotation.

The Assistant Shift Engineer 1 is responsible for operating Power Generation Facilities with a Registered Pressure Plant under the direction of the Shift Engineer and supervision of the Chief Power Engineer. The incumbent will become familiar with the power plant and the various control systems used throughout, ensuring that the power plant’s generators and boilers are operated at a world class standard. The Assistant Shift Engineer 1 will also ensure that effective Safety & Environmental procedures are followed in this area of responsibility.

In this position, you will:
  • Ensure that the diesel power plant is operated in such a manner as to ensure a constant supply of electric power and heat to the entire mine site;
  • Perform all minor maintenance required to keep the main diesel generators and boilers operating at maximum efficiency. This will include oil and filter changes, minor tune-ups, fluid sampling, heating system maintenance and all other maintenance as required;
  • Perform all housekeeping duties required to maintain a clean and safe working environment in and around the power plant and the emergency generator locations. This will include such things as: cleaning floors and walls, wiping down engines and boilers, painting, cleaning the control room and proper storage of tools and supplies;
  • Perform hourly and daily checks of the various systems within the power plant and the remote emergency generation locations and monitor this data looking for anomalies and direct or perform the necessary maintenance to resolve the problem;
  • Develop Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Segregate hazardous materials in preparation for shipping offsite;
  • Maintain a detailed logbook of all power plant activities;
  • Ensure that effective safety and environmental procedures, government regulations and operating procedures are followed in their area of responsibility; and
  • Fill-in for the Shift Engineer and/or the Chief Power Engineer when required.

About You:
  • Newfoundland & Labrador 3 rd Class Power Engineering Certificate.
  • A Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology is considered an asset.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in a similar type role.
  • Experience with Maintenance Systems (i.e SAP).
  • Experience in software systems involved in powerhouse control rooms.
  • Experience in mining construction and operational issues in remote areas are considered an asset.
  • Experience in a fly-in, fly-out operation is considered an asset.
  • Working knowledge with all Microsoft Office products.
  • Must have a good understanding of diesel fuel transportation, storage and handling rules and regulations.
  • Must have a good understanding of the Safety & Environmental policies and procedures, ensuring work is conducted accordingly.
  • Concern for Health, Safety and Environment.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong problem solving skills.

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: Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

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