What are the employment opportunities like?
Current job opportunities are excellent in both the mining and mineral exploration sectors. Our recent graduates have generally been successful at finding jobs, or have gone on to complete a university degree. A recent minerals and metals sector study managed by the (MIHR) has concluded that the mining industry in Canada will face a shortfall of up to 81,000 employees over the next 10 years. That indicates that the opportunities for new graduates are good with potential for advancement within the industry.
Where will I find a job?
You may find a job at a mine site, in an exploration camp, at an office or lab. You may work in Vancouver, in BC, across Canada or around the world. Most students upon graduation work at mine sites or with exploration companies in BC or elsewhere in Canada. However, some will work abroad on temporary assignments or on more permanent projects. International work is more common once several years of experience have been obtained.
It is also worth noting that Vancouver is considered the world's largest centre for mineral exploration companies, and Canadian companies command the lions share of global exploration expenditures. Canadian trained mining technologists, geologists and mining engineers are considered among the world's best.
What type of job might I get?
Graduates are qualified for a variety of positions including:
- Mine Engineering technologist assisting engineers with the design and operation of the mine.
- Mine Surveyor
- Environmental technologist
- Mill technician
- Geological technician
- Quality assurance and quality control technologist (QA-QC)
- Engineering technologist involved with design and operation of the quarry.
- Sales and marketing of quarry product
- Exploration technologist responsible for QA-QC, sampling, prospecting, surveying, camp management, and geotechnical core logging.
- Field assistant
- Project design and management with supervision
- Computer applications
Service and support companies:
- Explosives companies
- Computer software companies
- Assay and mineral processing labs
- Engineering and environmental consulting firms
- Investor relations with exploration and mining companies
What is the pay like?
Pay in the mining and mineral exploration industry is excellent. In fact, the minerals industry is the second highest paying industry in Canada, after oil and gas. Recent graduates can expect to be paid between $40,000 and $55,000 per year. A technologist with many years' experience can expect to be paid more than $65,000.