Introduction to the Mining Industry

Length: 
6 Weeks / 180 hours

Program Description

The six-week (180 hour) Introduction to the Mining Industry Program will introduce participants to the mining industry in Canada and the NWT. This will include providing an understanding of careers in underground and surfacing mining and mineral processing based on the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MIHR) National Occupational Standards. In this program, students will be introduced to the industrial workplace; mining operations in Canada and the NWT; mining career opportunities; life at NWT mines; mine safety; and mine equipment used in the northern mining environment.

Program Eligibility

To be considered for the program, applicants must meet each of the criterion listed below:

  • Minimum 18 years of age prior to commencement of the training program;
  • Minimum of Grade 9 Mathematics and English, and/or successful completion of  Adult Basic Education or equivalent with transcripts
  • Submission of a Criminal Records Check (applicants with a criminal record will be considered subject to a case-by-case review).

Applicant Assessment

Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements stated above. Individual assessments and interviews may be required.

Employer Requirements

In addition, applicants should be aware that employers will generally be seeking candidates who:

  • meet the physical requirements to complete assigned duties as determined through approved medical testing
  • are prepared to be away from their home communities during work rotations
  • possess a valid driver’s license (based on employer policies), and
  • are able to meet drug screening requirements.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted to the program based upon program eligibility, applicant assessment results and/or personal interviews.

Program Information

The Introduction to the Mining Industry Program is designed to provide students with a thorough introduction to mining operations and careers in the NWT. The program is based on 30 days at 6 hours per day, for a total of 180 hours over six weeks.

The course material will focus on the NWT mining industry and potential mining careers. Other key topics will include mine safety, mining and processing operations, and mining equipment operation.

Program Objectives

The primary objective of the program is to provide a basic understanding of mining and processing operations to enable participants to make an informed choice on possible mining careers. Instruction may include guest speakers, classroom activities and other activities.

Completion Requirements

Students must:

  • complete all courses to the satisfaction of the instructors
  • attend classes and adhere to both Aurora College and program specific policies.

Document of Recognition     

Aurora College Record of Achievement

Length (yrs/months/weeks/hours) – 6 Weeks/180Hours

Year/Level

Course Number

Course/Module Name

Lab/

Shop

Course Hours

Credits

1

002-243

Orientation For The Industrial Workplace

 

24

 

1

770-001

Introduction to Mining and Mining Careers in the NWT

 

24

 

1

770-002

Geology and Orebodies

 

24

 

1

770-003

NWT Mining Methods

 

18

 

1

770-004

Mineral Processing

 

24

 

1

770-005

Caring for the Environment

 

24

 

1

770-006

Mine Facilities and Equipment

 

24

 

1

770-007

Basic Mine Safety

 

18

 

Total

-

180

 

TOTAL COMBINED HOURS

180

 

 


Course/Module Descriptions

002-245 Orientation for the Industrial Workplace

In this course, students will be introduced to the mining industry. Course topics will include the role that mining plays in society including the benefits and impacts of mining; a history and the current status of mining in Canada; the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility for the mining industry; the mining life cycle; and the different aspects, and opportunities, of working in the mining industry

770-001 - Introduction to Mining and Mining Careers in the NWT

In this course, students will be introduced to the mining industry. Course topics will include the role that mining plays in society including the benefits and impacts of mining: a history and the current status of mining in Canada; the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility for the mining industry; the mining life cycle; and the different aspects, and opportunities, of working in the mining industry.

770-002 Geology and Orebodies

In this course, students will be introduced to mining geology and exploration. Course topics include basic geological and ore body formations; various types of ore deposits globally, nationally and in the NWT; the geological provinces of the NWT; diamond deposits and formations; and various exploration methods.

770-003 NWT Mining Methods

In this course, students will be introduced to surface and underground mining methods. Course topics will include surface and underground mining processes; common equipment used in the NWT mining industry; the role of explosives and blasting in mining; and common hazards associated with surface and underground mining.   

770-004 Mineral Processing

In this course, students will be introduced to the various types of mineral processing. Main topics include mineral processing principles; various crushing and grinding techniques; the methods used to separate minerals from raw materials; and common diamond processing methods.    

770-005 Caring for the Environment

In this course, students will understand the importance placed on care for the environment by mining operations. Main topics in the course are the importance of care for the environment as part of Corporate Social Responsibility; methods to mitigate impacts on the land, air and water; processes to protect the wildlife by mining operations; and the steps required to protect the environment during mine closure and reclamation.

770-006 Mine Facilities and Equipment

In this course, students will become familiar with the typical facilities, equipment and services required to operate a northern mine. Main topics will focus on the facilities, equipment, materials and services required to operate a mine camp, surface mine, underground mine and on-site processing plant.

770-007 Basic Mine Safety

In this course, students will learn about their personal responsibility for the safety of self and others; the hazards and risks associated with mining; and how to assess for, report, identify and control hazards and risks. Students will also become familiar safe work practices and equipment including personal protective equipment (PPE).