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3rd Class Power Engineer

May 17, 2024
Competitive salary
Thompson, Manitoba
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, Instrumentation Technicians and Power Engineers. The Chief 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 works and goes Home Safe.


The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a 3rd Class Power Engineer to join our Utilities Department in ThompsonManitoba.

As a 3rd Class Power Engineer, you will be responsible for the operation of the steam plant, compressed air equipment, water filtration/supply discharge systems and other related power and plant services equipment. 

Additionally, in this position you will:

  • Ensure compliance with internal procedures and the Operating Engineers Act.
  • Monitor power services equipment instrumentation and adjust (using computerized and non-computerized control systems) various power services equipment control parameters (e.g., temperature, pressure, flow rates, water levels, additive concentrations) to ensure safe and efficient operation equipment.
  • Complete all required log entries, records and reports accurately and on-time.
  • Check, inspect, monitor and maintain the operational integrity of power and plant services equipment by troubleshooting and following up on all equipment failures in a timely manner, inclusive of minor repairs.
  • Collaborate with area trades personnel as required to ensure safe and efficient operations.
  • Gather samples, test and document water quality parameters; Manages feedstock by monitoring, transferring (between tanks), heating, and unloading feedstock as required.
  • Performs all required duties safely, efficiently and within required housekeeping, safety and environmental standards.
  • Respond to emergency situations, providing timely and appropriate resolution.
  • The successful candidate will hold safety in the highest regard and will maintain safe practices in all aspects of work.



About You


  • 3rd Class Power Engineering certificate is required.


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


  • Strong analytical, organizational, problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Solid understanding of the Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with Excel
  • Proven self-starter with the demonstrated ability to work well independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated commitment to safety and the environment.
  • Customer service orientated.
  • Demonstrate open and transparent dialogue.
  • Ability to monitor complex processes and coordinate critical activities.
  • Ability to communicate with all levels of the organization and to adapt quickly to changing priorities.



How can Vale grow your career?

The 3rd Class 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, health, dental and disability plans)
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation, sick, top up for maternity/parental)
  • 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.


Apply by: May 17, 2024