Mineral Processing Operator

Length: 
14 weeks (includes the Safety Boot Camp)

Program Description

The Mineral Processing Operator Pre-Employment Training Program has been designed to qualify candidates for entry-level positions in the area of mineral processing. This program was designed based on the Core Competencies outlined in the Mineral Processing Technician Occupational Standards (Apprentice and Occupational Certification division of Education, Culture and Employment, GNWT).

The program is delivered in two phases. The first phase is a 12-week classroom and shop component that focuses on Orientation to the Industrial Workplace, Safety, Operations, Equipment, and Foundation Skills for the Mineral Processing Operator. The second component of the program is based on-site at an operational diamond mine. The on-site portion provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills addressed in the first part of the program.

The second portion of the program is a 504 hours long, beginning with a two-week rotation at the mine site, followed by two weeks off, followed by a two-week rotation at the mine site, followed by a two-week rotation off, followed by a final two-week on-rotation. While at the mine, students will be working 12 hours a day every day.

Program Eligibility

To be considered, applicants must meet each criterion listed below:

  • Minimum Grade 9 Mathematics and English, and successful completion of the Test of the Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES-G1).
  • A clean criminal record (applicants with a criminal record will be considered subject to a case-by-case review by the participating diamond mine);
  • Minimum 18 years of age prior to the commencement of the training progra; and
  • Favourable references from at least two recent supervisors

Applicant Assessment

Applicants will be assessed based on program eligibility criteria.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted based on program eligibility criteria.

Program Information

The program is delivered in two phases. The first phase is a 12-week classroom and shop component that focuses on Orientation to the Industrial Workplace, Safety, Operations, Equipment, and Foundation Skills for the Mineral Processing Operator. The second component of the program is based on-site at an operating diamond mine. The on-site portion provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills addressed in the first part of the program.

Program Objectives

The Mineral Processing Operator Pre-Employment Training Program has been designed to qualify candidates for entry-level positions in the area of mineral processing. This program was designed based on the Core Competencies outlined in the Mineral Processing Technical Occupational Standards (Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification division of Education, Culture and Employment, GNWT).

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses in order to pass the program.

Document of Recognition     

Aurora College Record of Achievement

Length (yrs/months/weeks/hours) – 18 Weeks (excluding breaks)

Year/Level

Course Number

Course/Module Name

Lab/

Shop

Course Hours

Credits

1

002-245

Orientation for Industrial Workplace

 

24

NC

1

738-002

Mineral Processing Safety

 

90

NC

1

738-003

Mineral Processing Operation

 

41

NC

1

738-004

Mineral Processing Equipment

 

67

NC

1

738-005

Mineral Processing Foundations

 

126

NC

On Diamond Mine Site

 

 

 

1

738-101

Mineral Processing Site Training

504

 

NC

Subtotal

504

348

 

TOTAL Practicum and Course Hours

180

 

 


Course/Module Descriptions

002-245 Orientation for Industrial Workplace

The five-session course addresses personal/life management topics targeted at assisting the participants in making a successful transition to the industrial workplace. Topics covered include employer/employee expectations, introduction to rotational work, balance and wellness, managing stress, managing money, and communication on the job.

738-002 Mineral Processing Safety

Safety in the mine is essential. There are numerous potential hazards in a mine site and secondary and tertiary medical assistance can be hours away. This course will introduce the student to safety considerations in the mine, and will provide practical activities and certification in relevant topic areas. Certification will be obtained in Occupational First Aid, WHMIS, and Transportation of Dangerous Goods. Two days will be allocated for representatives from participating mines to provide an orientation to company-specific safety philosophies and approaches.

738-003 Mineral Processing Operations

Mineral Processing Operators need to understand mine operations. This course will provide an overview and descriptions of mineral processing and will describe process controls including detectors, indicators, gauges, switches, and control loops.

738-004 Mineral Processing Equipment

Numerous pieces of mineral processing equipment are used in the diamond mining industry. Being able to describe and understand the different pieces of equipment and their relationship with each other, allows the student to troubleshoot equipment problems, and facilitates appropriate communication about the equipment with other work team members. This course will describe bins, chutes, conveyors, crushers, cyclones, drive mechanisms, feeders, pumps, screens, tanks, magnets, valves and other available equipment.

738-005 Mineral Processing Foundations

Employees at the mine need to possess foundation attributes. This course will impress on students the need to develop and maintain proper foundation skills including accountability, adaptability, maintaining a positive work ethic and the need to develop and maintain transferable skills. This course will also provide introductory computer and math skills need for mine operations, and will also include components in science, reading comprehension, and radio communications. Math fundamentals specific to the fields instrumentation and related areas will also be covered.

738-101 Mineral Processing Site Training

The site portion of the program will focus on areas that are best covered at an operating mine. This section of the program is 588 hours long and focuses on monitoring the operation of chutes, conveyers, crushers, conventional cyclones, feeders, lubrication systems, centrifugal pumps, valves, and other equipment. This component of the component will also deal with the use of workplace computer hardware and software.