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Mining Engineering Co-op

Jan 31, 2023
Sudbury, Ontario

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.

Our Team

The Mines Technical Services (MTS) team is responsible for maintaining a variety of functions including mine planning, scheduling, surveying, backfill, ventilation, ground control, geology metrics tracking, production statistics data input/review, incentives administration, annual capital plan development, and operating and capital cost tracking for variances.                                                                                                                                                                                             

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking Mining Engineering Co-ops Students to join our Mines Technical Services Department at our Coleman, CCM, Creighton, Garson, and Totten Mines in our Sudbury Operations. This is a fixed-term position for a duration of 8 – 12 months, beginning in May 2023. .

About You

The successful candidate engineering students will undertake the duties required to assist the overall engineering planning, design & ventilation design for our Mines Technical Services Department. 

Although previous experience in mining or an industrial setting is considered an asset, we also appreciate that diversity of thought comes from our differences – and that’s what makes us great!


  • Currently enrolled and in good standing in a Mining Co-operative Engineering program


  • Experience in an industrial environment would be considered an asset


  • Knowledge and experience in Windows based applications and Microsoft Excel is essential
  • Organizational, interpersonal communication, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and a proven safety record are essential
  • Follow Vale’s Safety Policies, Programs and Legislative Standards
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and work well with others in a team environment
  • Develop skills and abilities related to the provision of engineering to Ontario Operations
  • Ensure compliance to the applicable regulations, standards and guidelines
  • Utilize good engineering practices while minimizing costs
  • Provide technical support to enable safe and cost-effective operations
  • Monitor process parameters and communicate changes outside normal operational conditions to supervisor
  • Maintain a high level of professional conduct
  • Complete assigned projects safely and on time
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Must be obsessed with safety and risk
  • Demonstrate open and transparent dialogue in all aspects of work

 What We Offer You

  • Competitive salary
  • Work culture dedicated to safety, diversity & inclusion, and career growth
  • Opportunities to build your network and lots of fun!

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.

Apply by: January 31, 2023