We’ve just updated Gyratory Crushing – Fundamentals, Unit Operations and Circuits. This course, from Metso Process Technology, is designed to enhance the skills of process engineers, mill operators and mineral processing students so that they can better meet the changing demands of mineral processing. This course will provide learners with a broad base in gyratory crushing, including and understanding of the physical principles of gyratory crushing, maintenance and trouble-shooting of equipment, operation and control of a crushing circuit, and effective safety procedures.
Marc Grondin’s upcoming short course Understanding the Basic Mineral Processing Flowsheet is designed to provide those new to the topic with an overall understanding of a typical copper/gold mineral processing circuit. This includes the basic concepts and principles, and an explanation of the operation of the major components likely to be used in such a process, from crushing and grinding to concentration by flotation.
This 2-day short course will be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 19 & 20, 2014. For more info or to register, see the course page.
Jack Caldwell (I Think Mining) recently blogged on this topic based on an article by Franco and Cesar Oboni (risk management consultants) … see Finding a Job in Mining – a Risk Management Challenge.
Identifying a career entry-point can be a nerve-racking adventure when you are starting your career fresh from university. Finding the right job can, however, be one of the most gratifying journeys in a person’s life. The probability of achieving this can be enhanced by applying risk management principles.
The constructive advice given in the article can be summarized as:
- flaunt the positive aspects and one-of-a-kind advantages that a company will receive by giving you a job;
- focus on a plan of action that enables you to control your time productively and center your initiative on the highest-value endeavors;
- stick with the plan and don’t get sidetracked … but be prepared to evaluate feedback and re-assess when necessary.
This in turn could be interpreted as … make your career choice and then work towards a CV that reflects your objectives. Your CV should reflect the skills and competencies that are, firstly, necessary to your chosen career path and, secondly, will appeal to the hiring manager at the type of company you wish to work for.
Many university curricula are deficient in one or more of the basic skills for mining, generally through lack of appropriate teaching resources. For example, some mining schools leave out mineral processing altogether … others omit resource modeling … still others omit mine planning and grade control … or underground ventilation … or maintenance management. To be effective in today’s mining world you need at least a basic working knowledge in all of the above and more. Your plan of action should include taking appropriate courses to “flesh out” your CV and fill in the gaps left by your university education.
If you follow this advice you are more likely to use your time productively while looking for a job. And you will increase the probability of landing in a career enhancing position and reduce the risk of career frustration.
The Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS) is a continuing education and training program with the depth and breadth of content and the learning flexibility to accommodate almost any career choice in mining. You can choose from a wide range of courses and programs to upgrade your skills, and most of the program can be taken in a distance learning format, either as online, self-paced courses or as live interactive webcasts.
Due diligence can be very stressful, time consuming, and sometimes even boring. As a result, investors tend to take shortcuts, and invest with partial information and/or using their gut feeling. These can lead to disastrous results. Brian Tang and Siddharth Rajeev’s new course, How to Conduct Due Diligence of Junior Mining Companies in 15 Minutes, teaches investors to quickly and efficiently gather and collect data, and to then use that information to analyse a junior mining, exploration or development company. The skills you will learn in this course cannot replace thorough due diligence, which takes days to complete; rather, these skills will allow those who are short on time to improve the quality of their due diligence, at just a fraction of the time they used to spend.
This self-paced online course is the sequel to Tang and Rajeev’s popular course, An Introduction to Evaluation of Junior Mining Companies for Investment Purposes.
To learn more, or to register for certification, see the course landing page.
Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) to Aid Resource Development in the Developing World
The University of British Columbia (UBC), in a coalition with Simon Fraser University and Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal (EPDM) have established the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI).
From UBC’s website:
“The Institute’s mandate is to act as a worldwide centre for expertise in the extractive industry sector, relating to developing countries needs in this arena. The institute will be a resource of best practice for: improving and strengthening resource-extraction governance; increasing capacity building in policy, legislation, regulatory development and implementation; and educating skilled workers, providing technical training and assistance, and applying research.”
Funding for the CIRDI comes from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (formerly the Canadian International Development Agency), and will allow the institute to operate for five years. The strong humanitarian aims of the Institute seem clear, with the Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development website identifying the problems to be addressed in the resource-rich developing world:
“The extractive industries (mining, oil and gas) can provide high quality jobs, generate significant government revenue, attract private investment capital, and grow local enterprises, but many developing countries face challenges in effectively governing and managing their extractive industries to achieve these benefits.”
Bern Klein, acting executive director of the Institute, says that sustainable livelihoods are the goal. Artisanal miners need training and education to protect themselves and the environment, and CIRDI aims to help them down that road. “Education is transformational,” Klein says, in an interview with the Vancouver Sun.
Beyond the five-year point, funding is uncertain, but The Ubyssey cites a UBC report that points to three possible avenues for future funding: “donations from mining, oil and gas companies, donations and grants from other sources, and tuition or fees for CIIEID-provided services.”
This has incited some criticism, with concerns being raised about the independence of an institute receiving funding from these sources. A group of UBC and SFU students have organized a blog under the name “Not From My Campus” to raise awareness about this issue, and are inviting the public to get informed, express their opinions, and continue the dialogue with “the University administration, the Institute leadership, as well as the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development (DFATD).”
EduMine is pleased to host Jack Caldwell’s upcoming webcast, Mine Closure – 2014 Solutions and Successes, in association with the InfoMine Conference Mine Closure Solutions 2014. The course will draw on and expand the scope of the EduMine online course, Mine Closure: The Basics of Success.
This course is for those who are involved with or responsible for planning or undertaking current or future mine closure. The course covers all aspects of mine closure, from planning, financing, and implementation, to long-term surveillance and maintenance and walkway strategies. The course will introduce the basic ideas and challenges; advance through discussion of the latest financial, technical, and social approaches to mine closure; and end with a series of case histories of mine closure planning and implementation.
This three session webcast will take place 13 – 15 May 2014, and you can attend from anywhere! For more information or to register, see the course page.
EduMine will be at the PDAC International Convention, Trade Show & Investors Exchange, March 2-5, in Toronto, ON, Canada. If you’re coming to PDAC, stop by and visit us and other members of InfoMine at booth number 1010 (click for a map). We’ll be on hand to address all of your professional development questions, and to chat about our course offerings, certificate programs, and other products.
EduMine is pleased to present the upcoming webcast, Advanced Tailings and Mine Waste Facility Design, Construction, Operation, and Closure. This webcast draws on 2013 and 2014 publications and conferences to address the production, transport, distribution, and management of tailings. The major sections include consideration of the total life-cycle management of: conventional tailings, thickened and paste tailings, and filtered tailings. Presenters Jack Caldwell, Lawrence Charlebois, Robert Cooke, and Christian Kujawa have reviewed and revised the course material so that, even if you have attended previous webcasts on this topic, the new agenda, approach, and information will ensure that develop new insights into the state-of-practice in tailings facility management.
This three-session webcast will be held 29 April – 1 May 2014, from 8:00 am to 11:30 am Pacific Daylight Time each day. For more details or to register, see the course page.
Interested in a career in the mining industry but unsure how to get your foot in the door? Going back to school or enhancing your existing skill set with professional development courses is a great option.
From Susan Kihn over at CareerMiner:
“In recent years, both the mining and the oil and gas industry have become increasingly popular, with many job seekers trying desperately to break into these industries. There has been, and continues to be, an unprecedented interest in these industries, and it appears that job seekers have not been put off by the recent downturn in mining.
“The reality is that for those considering their study options, and wanting to pursue a career in mining or the oil and gas industry but are not sure what to study, that should they decide to pursue a degree in geology or engineering, they have an excellent chance of getting a job without much trouble, and they should have relative job security in comparison to many other professions.
“….[in Canada] although there is such an interest in mining as a career, the current number of graduates in mining are still not sufficient to meet the sector’s needs. The demand for geologists and geosciences, mining engineers and metallurgists are still very high. When the downturn in mining corrects itself, which it always seems to, and companies start hiring again, this demand will increase.”
EduMine offers a continuing education program of accredited short courses, live webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, and is supported by a network of mining schools and course providers that can help you stay current. We’ve done some of the research for you, and collected information on mining schools around the world, including our Certificate in Mining Studies partners, The Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ, USA.