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Apply by: June 24, 2023


Vale is seeking to increase diversity across our operations and improve equal opportunity at Vale and in the mining industry. Female, female-identifying applicants and members of indigenous communities will have priority consideration.

Our Team:

The Thompson Mines Technical Services (MTS) Team is integral to the success of the operations in being a safe and reliable producer. We aim to design and plan safe, sustainable ore extraction through technical excellence in the areas of geology, mine planning, ventilation, backfill, ground control, drill/blast, and survey control.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking a Mines Survey Technician to join our Mines Technical Services Team in Thompson, Manitoba.  This is a permanent position.

The candidate must be able to build and maintain relationships and interact with other technical staff, supervision, and hourly employees. The position requires field work in an industrial environment, underground and/or surface and on uneven ground.

Additionally, in this position you will:

  • Provide underground and surface surveying services in an industrial production environment (topo, heading alignment, stope cavity survey monitoring, check surveys, raises, drone lidar).
  • Perform safety searches as requested in the development headings.
  • Update mine drawings, including plans and sections.
  • Issue prints to associated departments regarding the layout to be excavated, the surveyed control points, excavations approaching other excavated areas or diamond drill boreholes.
  • Complete month-end survey for incentive calculations.
  • Lay out reference lines and rings as required for vertical blasthole mining (VBM) production drilling.
  • Survey collars and breakthroughs on production drilling for quality control.
  • Lay out reference lines for diamond drill holes.
  • Provide borehole and breakthrough warnings.
  • Provide care and control of survey equipment and designated mobile equipment.
  • Report daily surveying activities to the Divisional Supervisor.

About You


  • A technical diploma, OR High school diploma with strong skills in math and computer usage and 2-3 years of experience in an industrial environment, preferably in an underground setting.


  • A Minimum of 2 years of experience in an industrial environment, preferably in an underground setting.


  • Sound survey and associated mathematical skills.
  • Experience working in an industrial environment.
  • Demonstrates safe behavior.
  • Demonstrates solid analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office, AutoCAD and Deswik
  • Possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Good attention to detail and ability to maintain high standards of work.
  • Excellent time management and prioritization of stakeholder requirements.
  • Robust knowledge of mine survey techniques/standards.
  • Proficient in use and care of survey instruments

How can Vale grow your career?

The candidate will be a part of the Thompson Mines Technical Services (MTS) Team which is integral to the success of the operations in being a safe and reliable producer. Additionally, Vale Canada offers a series of benefits including:

  • Competitive salary.
  • Attractive pension and benefits (company paid core coverage, flex health and dental coverage, flex accounts, disability plans and optional insurances)
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation, flex, sick, top up for maternity/parental)
  • Flexible work arrangements.
  • Work culture dedicated to safety, diversity & inclusion, and career growth.
  • Grow your career in a large and global company, and mining industry leader.
  • Employee Family Assistance Program.
  • Online training and career development opportunities.
  • Opportunities to advise and oversee the design, budget and construction of new mines and expansions.

Who We Are:

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.

We have a proud history of mining in Manitoba. Our operations in Thompson, with two operating mines and concentrator plant, is in the awe-inspiring heart of the northern boreal region. It has a strong future in mining and milling, with an ongoing mission to grow as a safe, prosperous and sustainable nickel producer.

Why Thompson

Thompson is known as the “Hub of the North.” The town was developed in the 1950s around our mine and is now a thriving community. Our home boasts a close-knit and involved community with a vibrant arts and music scene and is known for its hospitality and welcoming nature.

Thompsonites, as we call ourselves, are always ready to welcome new people to town and excited to share its gems with them. Above all, the main draw to Thompson is its unspoiled wilderness filled with waterfalls and wildlife, making it the perfect place for the adventurous soul.

From the Northern Lights to ice fishing, skating, skiing, hockey, sledding, hunting and every winter sport you can imagine, if you love the outdoors, Thompson is the perfect place for you and your family.

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 Manitobans Act, accommodation is available throughout our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.