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Heavy Equipment Operator

Rio Tinto
September 17, 2021
Job Type


  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Work with an exceptional team of operations and maintenance personnel across the mine site
  • An opportunity to introduce and implement continuous improvement initiatives
  • Full-time (Permanent / Fixed Term for 2021)

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are currently accepting applications for Heavy Equipment Operators to fill futur permanent and fixed term assignments within the Surface Mining team. This position is responsible for the operation and monitoring of the equipment within their designated area, while ensuring that safety is maintained and that production objectives are met.

Located at the Lac de Gras Mine site, you will be working on a 3 weeks on / 3 weeks off rotation in the interim (alternating night shift and day shift) rotational schedule on a 12 hours per shift day. with the potential that this changes to a 2 weeks on / 2 weeks off rotation in the future, once the COVID-19 pandemic normalizes.

Reporting to the Surface Mining Supervisor and working collaboratively with all operational and functional departments, you will be responsible for:

  • Completing regular and assigned Surface Mining operation duties in designated areas within the Diavik mine site;
  • Operating and monitoring mobile equipment according to the specific operating practices for Excavator or other assigned equipment dedicated to A21 operations;
  • Performing routine daily inspections of equipment and conduct daily start-up, shut-down checks of the assigned Heavy Equipment;
  • Recognizing maintenance concerns on equipment and alert maintenance personnel to ensure a steady state of operation that will maximize equipment production;
  • Perform safety requirements as per company standards, including the completion of Job Hazard Analysis;
  • Coordinating the work area to ensure material is hauled to maximize Heavy Equipment such as Excavator/Loader; 830E Haul Trucks; 16H Grader; Dozer) capabilities and ensure proper loading, dumping of materials.

About you

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • Strong safety mindset;
  • Minimum 2 years’ as heavy equipment operator;
  • Minimum 1-year experience operating in mining environment, preferably surface operations;
  • Efficiently operate Heavy Equipment such as 16H Grader, D10 Dozer, Komatsu 830E; Komatsu 785;
  • Solid proficiency in reading and understanding manuals and written instructions;
  • Ability to learn and understand technical procedures and information quickly;
  • Ability to work in high stress situations and resolve issues;
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently and as part of a team.

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories. Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world and explore the universe.

Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you will be working

Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds. At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

Every Voice Matters

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. 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 anything else that makes us different.

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

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