Sr Maintenance Assistant (Automation)

Sudbury, ON, CAN
Jun 22, 2022
Jun 29, 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 Sudbury Operations have been in existence for more than 100 years. With five mines, a mill, a smelter, a refinery and nearly 4,000 employees it is also one of the largest integrated mining complexes in the world. Sudbury is also home to several administrative sites serving both the Ontario Operations as well as all our North Atlantic Operations.

Port Colborne is home to our Nickel Refinery where raw materials from our Sudbury operations are processed into electrocobalt and precious metals and serves as a distribution centre for finished nickel products.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Senior Maintenance Assistant, to join our Copper Cliff North Mine in Sudbury. This is a unionized position within the Local 2020 bargaining unit.

The role holder will provide technical expertise for elements such as: electrical/electronic control systems, control software and telecommunications. The successful applicant will facilitate automation implementation for new and existing equipment and its integration into a process operation.


In this position you will:
  • Assist with the design, maintenance and programming of the following systems: Broadband and Leaky Feed Communications, RF Communications, Fiber Optic, Video Lans, Wi Fi, Modbus, Modbus Plus, NXT Programs, Ethernet Communications, HART protocol, ABB Universal Motor Controller and Profibus Network, HMI/SCADA Software, Video System (IndigoVision), AeroScout Tracking System and Tag Manager, and SimSmart Ventilation on Demand.
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  • Assist with maintenance and design of Instrumentation, Electrical and Hydraulic Control Systems
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  • Proven ability to analyze problems and propose and implement solutions.
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  • Assist in the development of communication and automation systems, safety and fail-safe analysis, critical spare parts lists, etc.
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  • The incumbent will be required to document data and procedures, and complete formal written reports.
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  • Maintain and update electrical and instrumentation prints using approved software.
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  • Must be able to mentor, coach and train junior colleagues and possess strong communication skills.
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  • This position requires the incumbent to work in an underground environment.


Education: Graduate technologist in electrical/electronic discipline (certification in electronics, communications, electrical, instrumentation and/or relevant field is desirable).

Experience: More than three years of related underground experience in similar design and maintenance fields preferred. Previous experience in automation, communications (cable TV), military, network management, automotive, will be considered.

Analytical: Knowledge of modern analytical techniques and instrumentation is required. Applicant must be fully conversant with applicable codes and government regulations.

Processes: General knowledge of equipment & drilling practices and of Fiber System Design and Maintenance is required. Willingness to learn and adapt to new and changing technologies is an asset.

Computer: General knowledge with Microsoft Office software including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Accuracy and Thoroughness: Knows and meets customer requirements.
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  • Conceptual Thinking: Applies complex concepts.
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  • Innovative Thinking: Provides options for resolutions.
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  • Listening, Understanding and Responding: Listens responsively.

What We Offer You
  • Competitive salary
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  • Work culture dedicated to safety, diversity & inclusion and career growth
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  • Grow your career in a large and global company, and mining industry leader
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  • Employee Family Assistance Program
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  • Online training and career development opportunities


These positions are covered under the Collective Agreement between Vale and the Local 2020-05 United Steelworkers.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Job Selection Posting Process for Local 2020-05 Employees located on the Ontario Operations Human Resources website.

We appreciate your interest in being a part of the team though only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

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 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.

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation is available throughout our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.

Paygrade: G

Apply By: June 17, 2022