Process Engineering Student

Ontario, Canada
Dec 30, 2020
Jan 29, 2021
Full Time
Other Information

Why Vale?

Be a part of the largest mining company in the Americas and one of the largest in the world with operations in more than 30 countries. At Vale, we strive to be the number one global natural resources company in creating long term value, through excellence and passion for people and the planet.

Vale’s operation in Port Colborne consists of a cobalt refinery, precious metals refinery and nickel packaging and distribution center. Commissioned in 1918, the refinery remains a major employer in this city of 20,000 in the Niagara Peninsula located on the shore of Lake Erie, ON.

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

The Opportunity

Do you value safety and risk management and make it a priority just as we do? Are you motivated to work collaboratively in a team environment?

We are currently seeking a Process Engineering Co-op, 12-15 months to join our Refinery in Port Colborne, in May 2021.

Reporting to the Senior Engineer Metallurgy, the student will hold a technical support role in the Process Technology Department. The role adds value by assisting the technical team in the areas of process monitoring, process troubleshooting, continuous improvement, and research and development. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing KPI tracking dashboards and interpreting daily and monthly process data as well as leading a continuous improvement project in one of the plants.

Although previous experience in mining or an industrial setting is considered an asset, we also appreciate that diversity of thought comes from our differences – and that’s what makes us great!

Education & Experience:
  • Education: Currently enrolled and in good standing in a Chemical Engineering/ Process Controls program; with strong computer programming skills
  • Please include a university transcript(s) with your application
  • Preference will be given to students in 3 rd year of higher
  • Excellent Excel skills including Macros and experience with Pi ProcessBook, DataLink & Coresight would be an asset
  • Experience in a similar role would be an asset

Requirements & Accountabilities:
  • Follow Vale’s Safety Policies, Programs and Legislative Standards
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Must be obsessed with safety and risk
  • Demonstrate open and transparent dialogue in all aspects of work
  • Acquire and use practical and technical knowledge of the plant process including process flowsheets, reaction chemistry / hydrometallurgy and reagent usage
  • Develop automated systems to track and monitor process data
  • Assist with troubleshooting related to plant efficiency, product quality, throughput, and environmental issues
  • Lead process improvement projects in collaboration with Operations
  • Ability to apply basic chemical engineering knowledge (metals accounting, mass balances, reaction chemistry, etc.)
  • Data analysis skills to track, compile and interpret plant data
  • Knowledge of Overall Equipment Effectiveness principles
  • Initiative and self-motivation to learn the process and move projects forward

About Applying:
  • Apply by visiting or by clicking Apply below.
  • We appreciate your interest in being a part of the team though only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • Vale is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation is available throughout our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.