CSMO Mines (Comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre de l’industrie des mines), with the financial participation of Société du Plan Nord, is pleased to present the very first edition of the Guide to Careers in the Mining Industry. It’s the English-language version of Guide des carrières de l’industrie minière, which was released in the fall of 2017 and produced in collaboration with its main partner, Institut national des mines (INMQ), and its associate partner, Centre de formation professionnelle Val-d’Or. This is a first: previous editions were never translated to meet the needs of Quebec’s English-language high schools, particularly those in Indigenous communities.
The guide lists 50 trades found in mining sector companies that can be practised underground or at the surface, and which concern one of the four phases of the mining cycle: exploration, development and construction, operation, and mine site closure and restoration. A wealth of information is provided about mining engineer, geologist, heavy-duty equipment mechanic, and industrial electronics technician positions, which will be in demand for the next ten years, according to the estimate of labour needs in Quebec’s mining sector, 2017–2021, with trends for 2027.
In addition to reflecting current industry demand for labour, the trades listed are key to the success of the industry and are aimed at both women and men. The 50 profiles outline educational and professional paths to guide students to the mining industry. They also touch on the skills required to obtain employment as well as the job conditions. Each profile is based on information provided by companies in the mining sector, mining schools, and current industry workers.
This tool supplements other CSMO Mines initiatives to promote the sector’s trades and careers as well as the publication of mining labour market news. The ultimate goal is to attract and recruit a skilled workforce for mining companies currently facing significant hiring challenges.