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Program: Mineral Processing Operator


Program length: 12 Weeks

Start date: Contact Registrar


  • Aurora College Certificate of Achievement


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Program Description

The Mineral Processing Operator Pre-Employment training program has been designed to qualify candidates for entry-level positions in the area of mineral processing. This program was designed based on the core competencies outlined in the Mineral Processing Technician Occupational Standards (Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification division of Education, Culture and Employment, GNWT).

Program Eligibility

To be considered, applicants must meet each criterion listed below:

  • Minimum Grade 9 Mathematics and English, and successful completion of the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES-G1);
  • A clean criminal record (applicants with a criminal record will be considered subject to a case-by-case review by the participating diamond mine);
  • Minimum 18 years of age prior to commencement of the training program; and
  • Favourable references from at least two recent supervisors.

Applicant Assessment

Applicants will be assessed based on program eligibility criteria.

Program Admission

Applicants will be admitted based on program eligibility criteria.

Program Information

The program is delivered in two phases. The first phase is a 12-week classroom and shop component that focuses on Orientation to the Industrial Workplace, Safety, Operations, Equipment, Foundation Skills, and Skid-Steer training for the Mineral Processing Operator. The second component of the program is based on-site at an operating diamond mine. The on-site portion provides students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills addressed in the first part of the program.
The second portion of the program is 504 hours long, beginning with a two-week rotation at the mine site, followed by two weeks off, followed by a two-week rotation at the mine site, followed by a two-week rotation off, followed by a final two-week on-rotation. While at the mine, students will be working 12 hours per day every day.

Program Objectives

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Understand the main hazards in a mineral processing facility;
  2. Understand the main stages in a mineral processing system;
  3. Understand equipment and components in mineral processing;
  4. Know the key duties of a mineral processing operator.

Completion Requirements

Students must successfully complete all courses in order to pass the program.

Document of Recognition

Aurora College Record of Achievement

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95% of Aurora College students would recommend their programs to others.

Participants must be registered with the Mine Training Society of the NWT to be considered for Aurora College Mining Programs.

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