Education & Training


Mining and Mineral Exploration Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) offers a full-time Diploma of Technology. This program is designed to prepare workers for technical jobs in geology, engineering, exploration, mineral processing, surveying, environmental areas, and management with mining and exploration companies. This program prepares graduates for a diverse range of employment opportunities including jobs in remote exploration camps, mine sites, engineering consulting companies and assay labs.

The two-year Mining and Mineral Exploration program offers first year training in basic science, math and communications, as well as geology, mining methods, blasting, surveying and computer applications. In the second year, the emphasis is on mining and the engineering and science skills required for the mining sector. The program is supported by industry in BC and offers practical learning opportunities through field trips to mine sites. An optional work experience certificate course is also available and is made possible as a result of a partnership between the Mining Association of BC and BCIT's Mining Program. Students can expect to receive assistance in finding paid summer employment in the mining and minerals industry between the first and second year of studies. Entrance requirements include high school completion with English, math, and chemistry or physics.

For further Information: www.bcit.ca

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Women in Trades, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT)

The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies' (SIIT) Women in Trades program is an Aboriginal-focused initiative designed to increase the participation of women in trades and technological careers. In addition, there is a range of training programs in learning institutions across Canada that are designed for women.

The Women in Trades program includes topics such as industrial construction academics, site safety, and use of hand tools. The program facilitates greater understanding of the work involved in trades such as electrical work, carpentry, and plumbing. Although an education level of grade 12 is preferred, as employers may require high school completion, the program has an entrance requirement of grade 10. The length of the program is generally 12 weeks. Graduates obtain an Applied Certificate and may pursue further training in Industrial Career Development and related programs.

For further Information: www.siit.sk.ca

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Mine Training - Northlands College

Northlands College, located in Northern Saskatchewan, offers a variety of mining industry training and employment programs. Multi-party training plans are developed through which the training needs of the mining sector are identified and programs are delivered in direct partnership with local employers.

Types of Programs offered:

  • Exploration (geophysics survey operator, line cutting, and prospecting)
  • Technical Training (chemical laboratory technician, geological technician, process operator, and radiation environmental monitor)
  • Trades apprenticeships and on-the-job training programs for trades and vocations including mill operator, camp cooking, underground mining, security guard, truck driver, carpentry, electrical, and industrial and heavy-duty mechanic

Features:

  • Trades programs delivered in direct partnership with industry
  • Academic upgrading opportunities including preparation for the trades, pre-technologies and developmental studies for students who need math and science upgrading in order to be successful in technical or trades programs
  • High rates of program completion
  • Extended work placements with industry
  • Transfer of credits for technical level courses for further training at SIAST (Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology), NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology) and SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology)

For further information: www.northlandscollege.sk.ca

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Haileybury School of Mines (HSM) - Northern College

One of the oldest schools of mine training, Haileybury College offers a range of programs. Haileybury is also a co-founder, along with Cambrian College, of the Federated School of Mines. The school is a collaboration of post-secondary institutions including Collège Boréal, Confederation College, Laurentian University, Sault College and Canadore College, and its goal is to attract people to the north, encourage northerners to stay and strengthen communities through access to education and training.

One of the key programs offered by HSM, as well as other learning institutions across Canada, is the Mining Engineering Technician program. This four-semester program is delivered in a module format allowing students to link training to employment goals. The program offers graduates potential employability in all aspects of mining as surveyors, planners and production supervisors, through to mine managers. Many graduates are also employed as assayers, process controllers, metallurgical technologists and sales and service technicians in indirect mining sectors.

Features:

  • Job developers help students link training directly to employment with several mining projects including Porcupine Joint
  • Venture/Goldcorp; Liberty Mines; St. Andrew (Matheson); DeBeers Victor Project (Attawapiskat); XSTRATA Copper; and Lake Shore Gold Corporation
  • Offers Pre-apprenticeship Electrical and Construction Craft Worker programs that are Aboriginal-focused
  • Combines distance education with lab courses and hands-on experience to enable flexible learning
  • Promotes the development of employability skills for the mining industry domestically and internationally
  • Curriculum is recognized by the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
  • An integrated curriculum is intended to provide graduates with the ability to shift laterally in a mining company as priorities and economic realities change

For further Information: www.northernc.on.ca

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Thompson Rivers University (TRU)

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) works with industry organizations to deliver and offer training programs that prepare learners to work in the mining sector.

Essential Skills Upgrading
Through a flexible, welcoming model, students are ble to prepare for their next steps in meeting the academic requirements to obtain entry-level mining positions or move forward in achieving their Adult Dogwood Certification. In a face to face classroom setting, students are able to work at their own pace as well as participate structured lesson plans which support numeracy and literacy upgrading.

Heavy Equipment Operator
TRU has designed a one week heavy equipment operator entry level course which will increase the opportunity for employment for BC AMTA candidates at a mine site. In this course, students receive introductory equipment training on excavators, dozers, articulated rock truck and loader. This program gives students the chance to train at a fully functioning mine site while receiving heavy equipment operator training relevant to mining heavy equipment operations.

Mining Training for an Entry Level Workforce
With funding from MiHR, TRU has developed an introduction to mining program complemented with provincially and nationally recognized safety certifications. Students will participate in an Introduction to Surface, Underground and Mineral Processing component which will introduce the students to the various types of mining: surface, underground and mineral processing. Students will learn about the history of mining, the important historic role of Aboriginal participation in mining, the economic importance, exploration and mine reclamation. Students also have two site visits which will include surface and underground mining operations. Students will also receive training and certification in First Aid with a Transportation Endorsement, Confined Spaces, Logout/Tagout Procedures, Respiratory and Personal Protection Equipment overview, H2S Alive, Fall Protection, Industrial Fire Defence and Extinguisher, Introduction to the Mines Act, Mine Site Communications, Rigging and Bobcat Certification.

Pathway to Dogwood
In partnership with BC AMTA, TRU will offer First Nations learners the opportunity to achieve their Adult Dogwood High School diploma, allowing students to meet prerequisites for admission into a diverse range of educational programs. Courses are designed for adult learners and delivered in small, student-centered classes through teaching methods that accommodate students' life experience, cultures and different learning styles. This program will assist BC AMTA candidates in achieving employment at mines within the province.

Aboriginal Women in Trades Training
In 2010, the Industry Training Authority of BC began funding for a 14 week program where 15 aboriginal women were introduced to a variety of trades, along with numeracy and literacy upgrading. The majority of these trades are found
in a mine operations setting. Through this program, students receive certification in Flagging, WHMIS, TDG, Rigging and Forklift training. This provides opportunity to ladder into foundation trades programs and continue training to achieve Red Seal certificate of qualification.

Students participate in technical training which encompasses theory and practical learning modules in:

  • Construction Electrician
  • Instrumentation Mechanic/Industrial Electrician
  • Glazier
  • Piping Trades
  • Heavy Equipment Operator
  • Parts-person

For further information: www.tru.ca  

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