Senior Mine Engineer

VNL, Canada
Jan 14, 2022
Feb 13, 2022
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 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 a SENIOR MINE ENGINEER to join our Mines Technical Services team in Voisey’s Bay, NL.

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 Opportunity:

The Senior Mine Engineer is responsible for designing, planning, scheduling, and budgeting of Mine Operations. The incumbent is also responsible to consult with other technical staff such as geologists and metallurgical engineers to determine best mining practices and set goals for the Mine Operations department.

In this position, you will:
  • Collect, document, and assess engineering data within the mine to improve efficiency;
  • Record and control mine engineering related information to generate monthly production reports;
  • Develop the plan that will be followed to mine the deposits;
  • Produce open pit mine designs using the ore body block models, decide what methods and equipment will be used for accessing and extracting ore and waste material and provide a schedule for the removal of this material;
  • Coordinate with geologists and engineers about the design, selection, and provision of machines, facilities, and systems for mining, and infrastructure such as access roads, water and power supplies;
  • Collaborate closely and coordinate with the operations supervisor to ensure there is accurate implementation of the plans;
  • Ensure mining regulations are followed, including the proper use and care of explosives, and the accurate ventilation to allow the removal of dust and gases;
  • Use software provided to assist with calculations, prepare budget, and cost forecasting/reporting estimates on the cost of the operation and control expenditure when mines come into production;
  • Provide feedback for cost development and life of mine scheduling;
  • Shared responsibility for the estimation and preparation of the Mineral Resource Mineral Reserve statement for the mine.

About You:
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering.
  • Professional Engineering (P.Eng) designation is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a similar role within an industrial and/or mining environment.
  • Ability to optimally communicate the mine plan to the Mine Operations Group and provide technical assistance as required.
  • Ability to design blast patterns, stockpiles, and dumps and provide innovative solutions to mine related problems.
  • Provide assistance to Operating, Geological, and Survey Staff in mine planning; indicating blast designs, mine schedules, and production plans.
  • Ability to assist with specialized projects requiring the application of mine engineering knowledge.
  • Knowledge in open pit and underground mining.

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: Sunday, January 30th, 2022