Maintenance Apprentice - Millwright

VNL, Canada
Mar 27, 2021
Apr 11, 2021
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 office in St. John’s and Goose Bay provide support to the Newfoundland and Labrador Operations.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking 4 (four) Maintenance Apprentice - Millwrights to join our Maintenance Team at our remote mine site in Voisey’s Bay, Labrador, a fly-in fly-out operation. These permanent positions will be on a 2 week on, 2 week off rotation.

The Maintenance Apprentice - Millwright is responsible for working with Maintenance Technicians to repair, troubleshoot, adjust, overhaul, service and maintain all fixed plant equipment and will report to the Maintenance Supervisor. In this role, you will:
  • Perform preventive checks according to preventive maintenance plans on equipment including mills, crushers, pumps, conveyors, PLC’s, diesel motors, and other fixed plant equipment for proper performance and inspect equipment to detect faults and malfunctions;
  • Complete breakdown, corrective and minor reports;
  • Inspect, examine and test parts in order to recommend the extent and nature of the work to be done;
  • Test and adjust repaired systems for proper performance and to ensure that work meets manufacturer’s specifications and the functional needs of the operation;
  • Adjust, repair or replace defective parts and components of the equipment systems;
  • Clean, lubricate and perform other routine maintenance work on equipment;
  • Conduct final inspections to ensure that work detailed on work order has been completed to meet safety standards;
  • Provide feedback improvement suggestions to the supervisor and planner and implement those that are within your ability;
  • Improve equipment availability and efficiency through quality maintenance and failure analysis.

About You
  • Education:
    • The ideal candidate will have a College diploma in a relevant maintenance trade or a 3-year technology diploma and qualify to be a registered apprentice in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • Experience:
    • Minimum of 1 year of experience in an industrial environment;
  • Innovative with an ability to use initiative;
  • Flexibility regarding work activities and type of work requirements;
  • Ability to work in a multi-discipline, multi-tasking and team environment.

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: Saturday, April 10th, 2021