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2nd Class Power Engineering Lead

Jun 16, 2024
Competitive salary
Thompson, Manitoba
Early Career, Full Time

Who We Are:

Welcome to Vale. Our purpose is to improve life and transform the future. Together. We value our workforce and strive to offer continuous training and career development opportunities for our people.

Vale Base Metals is one of the world's largest producers of high-quality nickel and an important producer of copper and responsibly sourced cobalt. With headquarters in Toronto, Canada, and operations in Newfoundland & Labrador, Ontario, Manitoba, UK, Indonesia, and Brazil, we are delivering the critical building blocks for a cleaner, greener future.

Applying the latest technologies to sustainably mine the critical minerals that power electric vehicles, build renewable energy solutions, and help develop life-saving medical equipment is at the heart of what we do.

We have a proud history of mining in Manitoba. Our operations in Thompson, with two operating mines, is located in the awe-inspiring heart of the northern boreal region. It has a strong future in mining and milling, with an ongoing mission to grow as a safe, prosperous, and sustainable nickel producer.

We invite you to be part of our evolution.

Our Team:

The Utilities Department is a multidiscipline workforce including Electricians, Millwrights, and Instrumentation Technicians. The Lead Power Engineer is an integral and, in many instances, the primary contact for the various internal and external work groups. The main commodities are electricity, steam, air and water. Our goal is to provide uninterrupted services to the Mine and the Surface Plants while everyone is Home Safe.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Lead Power Engineering – 2nd Class to join our Utilities Department in Thompson, Manitoba. 

In this position you will provide direct input into the safe operation of Vale’s surface operations.  You will be a part of a larger group of technical professionals across the North Atlantic Operations, a group with considerable expertise and experience in the challenging field of surface facilities in mining deep hard rock underground operations.

Additionally, in this position you will:

  • Follow Vale’s Safety Policies, Programs and Legislative Standards
  • Demonstrate open and transparent dialogue in all aspects of work.
  • Work Collectively with peers and cross functionally with colleagues in engineering, maintenance, and services to achieve the objectives of the plant.
  • Support the Plant Manager in the development and management of the cost and capital expenditure budget.
  • Execute the implementation of new management systems.
  • Seek out opportunities for continuous improvements and lead or participate in teams to implement them.
  • Utilize data collection systems to identify and implement change to reduce process variability.
  • Ensure there is adherence to the Power Engineers Act.
  • Provide Divisional month end billing statements and facilitate plant access to Utilities billing data. 


About You


  • Second Class Power Engineering Certificate is required.


  • 2 years of experience in a large facility operating power distribution, steam generation, vacuum, compressed air, and water distribution systems


  • Demonstrated experience working in a control room monitoring complex processes and coordinating critical activities.
  • Ability to coordinate shift engineers and maintenance resources to ensure uninterrupted services to internal customers.
  • Solid understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with Excel.
  • Ability to prioritize maintenance assets to ensure plant reliability.
  • Utilize data collection systems to identify and implement change to reduce process variability.
  • Experience with coordinating shift resources to ensure uninterrupted services to internal customers.
  • Knowledge of planning, organizing, budgeting and prioritizing construction projects is an asset.
  • Strong communication skills and development of concise documents and presentation materials


How can Vale grow your career?

The  2nd Class Lead Power Engineer is a critical technical position that will allow the right candidate to grow their career in our mining and exploration activities in Canada. Additionally, Vale Canada offers a series of benefits including:

  • Competitive salary.
  • Attractive pension and benefits (company paid core coverage, flex health and dental coverage, flex accounts, disability plans and optional insurances)
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation, flex, sick, top up for maternity/parental)
  • Flexible work arrangements.
  • Work culture dedicated to safety, diversity & inclusion, and career growth.
  • Grow your career in a large and global company, and mining industry leader.
  • Employee Family Assistance Program.
  • Online training and career development opportunities.
  • Opportunities to advise and oversee the design, budget and construction of new mines and expansions.

Why Thompson

Thompson is known as the "Hub of the North.” The town was developed in the 1950s around our mine and is now a thriving community. Our home boasts a close-knit and involved community with a vibrant arts and music scene and is known for its hospitality and welcoming nature.

Thompsonites, as we call ourselves, are always ready to welcome new people to town and excited to share its gems with them. Above all, the main draw to Thompson is its unspoiled wilderness filled with waterfalls and wildlife, making it the perfect place for the adventurous soul.

From the Northern Lights to ice fishing, skating, skiing, hockey, sledding, hunting and every winter sport you can imagine, if you love the outdoors, Thompson is the perfect place for you and your family.

Include to Transform

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 Manitobans Act, accommodation is available throughout our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.

Grade:  F6T

Apply by: June 16, 2024