Browse our answers to the most frequently asked questions. You’ll find a wealth of information to help you better understand the hiring process in the mining industry. This section will also help you become better informed about the realities of employment in the industry.

Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions. Browse our answers to the most frequently asked questions. You’ll find a wealth of information to help you better understand the hiring process in the mining industry. This section will also help you become better informed about the realities of employment in the industry. If you don’t find the answer to your question, feel free to contact us by clicking here.

How does hiring work in the mining industry?

Our team did an intensive survey of a number of mining company hiring managers.

While the hiring process varies from company to company, we were able to identify several common hiring considerations or actions that can influence their decision to select an applicant.

The mining companies we talked to confirmed that it usually takes several weeks between the time an offer is posted via various media (on the Internet, in newspapers, on the radio, etc.) and the time applicants are contacted.

Once the offer expires, the human resources managers sort the applications. Within 48 hours the CVs that don't make the cut are set aside.

A CV scoring system is then used to highlight the best applicants. The application must first meet the job offer criteria. Relevant skills are then compared to help them decide between applicants. Finally, among equally qualified applicants, those living in a town or area near the mining sites (in the workplace vicinity) are given priority. It takes two to three weeks before selected applicants are contacted.

Moreover, jobs requiring only general or non-specialized skills are often filled by workers from the vicinity, if equally qualified. For positions that are more difficult to fill (e.g., engineers, geologists, etc.), mining companies do not automatically prioritize proximity.

A number of mining companies work with sub-contractors. Obviously, these workers, who are already at the mine site and provided they are equally qualified, are given precedence for job openings because they are already familiar with the work environment and the machinery used there. Nevertheless, such jobs are simultaneously advertised internally and externally.

Can the employer hire me and then train me afterwards?

For the time being, employers are not hiring applicants who require subsequent training. To be hired an applicant must meet the qualifications the employer describes in the job offer.

However, it’s possible to climb the corporate ladder within a mining company. Employees can expect to change positions over the course of a career. In these cases employers will train employees to fill the new positions.

Do I need training to work in the mines?

Yes! The mining industry is looking for skilled and qualified applicants to fill its available positions. Employers want their new hires to hit the ground running.

The mining industry boasts more than 300 different job titles. You may already have the necessary training and experience to land a job in the mining industry. That’s why CSMO Mines has put together more than 90 occupational profiles. In each profile you will find the specific job title, required skills, and training programs needed to practice that particular profession. Click here to view them.

I would like to work with heavy machinery, but I don’t have the requisite training. Is my experience sufficient?

Mining machinery is oversized and industry specific. It’s hard to become an extraction- or heavy-machinery driver or mechanic without proper training.

If the job that interests you requires a vocational diploma (DEP), consult our training search engine. You will see that a number of trainings only require a few months of study. It could be well worth the investment!

I want to work for a mining company but don’t want to go back to school. What to do?

Did you know that over 100 different trades are needed to keep the mining industry running smoothly? Maybe you already have the training needed to work in this industry in one of the areas not directly connected to ore mining. Take a look at our occupational profiles to see what’s available!

How do mining companies view private training?

In general, the industry is looking to hire trained and competent individuals, however, companies expect new hires to complete job-specific training as of their first day at the mine. This is true regardless of where you received your diploma or whether you are a new employee coming from another mine or another industry.

If you were an employer, would you prefer an applicant with a 1,095 hour, 900 hour, or 630 hour diploma? All things considered, employers tend to favour applicants who display the best attitude and aptitude. In other words, for a given job, the applicant with the best attitude and training record will win out each time.

For details and to find the training you need for a particular job, see the Finding a training program section

What are companies looking for?

The labour requirements of mining companies differ from one company to the next and even from region to region. However, they share some common points when seeking candidates. Being qualified is certainly your strongest asset when job hunting.

However, skills aside, other factors can influence decision-making, such as the yearning for a challenge, stability, or the desire for a change of scenery.

What training is required?

Consult the occupational profiles to see the training required for various trades within the mining industry.

What are working conditions like in the industry?

First and foremost, mining industry working conditions are geared toward creating a safe and healthy environment. With today’s technologies mining employees work in an environment where their safety is the top priority.

Mining industry work schedules differ somewhat from traditional 9 to 5 jobs. Depending on the job and region, mining workers may be required to work 10 to 12 hour shifts for a number of consecutive days. Then they get a few days off before returning to work, and so forth.

Mining industry workers can earn a good living. The average yearly salary, factoring in all the professions, is $80,000 a year, but this may go as high as $120,000 a year depending on one’s position, experience, and seniority. In addition, most positions are unionized.

In which regions are mines located?

In Québec three administrative regions are known for their mineral richness and the many mines located there.

According to Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles, there are currently 26 active mines in Québec. The vast majority are located in Québec’s three top mining regions: Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, and Nord-du-Québec.

There are also mines in other Québec regions, like Laurentides, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, but in far fewer numbers. To see the distribution of Québec’s mines and mining companies, click here.

What is the fly-in/fly-out system?

Some mines are located in more remote regions of Québec where workers cannot live nearby with their families. For this reason, mining companies have shuttles to transport employees to their workplaces using chartered aircraft. Workers can fly to the mine from specific departure points like Montréal, Québec City, and Rouyn-Noranda.

Which mining companies use the fly-in/fly-out system?

All mining companies with mines in the Nord-du-Québec region use the fly-in/fly-out system. For example, this is the case for Glencore-Xstrata, the company that owns the Raglan mine complex located some 100 km from the farthest limit of northern Québec.

The fly-in/fly-out system is also used in other regions like Côte-Nord at the Mont-Wright mine (ArcelorMittal Mines Canada).

What is the schedule for a person working in a remote mine?

There are currently two types of schedules in effect for workers whose employment involves taking charter planes to their work site (fly-in/fly-out).

One is the “14-14” schedule, i.e., 14 consecutive workdays followed by 14 days at home. The other option is the “3-2-2-3” or “2-3-3-2” schedule, which corresponds to six weeks of work interspersed with four weeks off, followed by four weeks off interspersed with six weeks of work.