Answer: Mining Machine Operator 🚜

Yesterday we asked what is the most important soft skill employers consider when hiring for Equipment Operators? The answer:
-Attention to detail!
 
Heavy equipment operators use this equipment in the construction and maintenance of roads, bridges, airports, gas and oil pipelines, tunnels, buildings and other structures. Also in surface mining and quarrying activities; and in material handling work.
 
All of these different duties come back to attention to detail. The single most important soft skill for operating such large pieces of machinery and in possible higher risk job sites.
 
You can come to Regina Work Prep Centre to try your hand at running rather large mining machine. Luckily it can be done safely in an office using the power of virtual reality technology. Here’s a sneak peak of what you will see in this fly by video. Check it out!
 

Answer: Robotic Welder Operator Education

Yesterday we asked the question about your best guess to what kind of education it would take to be hired in this type of career. Or more specifically Machine Operators in general.
 
The answer is simple. Some secondary school education is usually required. Employers typically want to see educational proof that you are indeed trainable.
 
On-the-job training is provided since each one of these positions is so unique.
 
If you plan to move on to an Inspectors position, it may require experience as an assembler in the same company.
 
Here’s a video that has a sneak peak of the Robotics Welder Operator environment inside the VR! Which you can try at Regina Work Prep Centre.
 

Answer: In demand soft skills as a Pipefitter

Here is the answer to yesterday’s question we posted. The three most in demand soft skills for this position are:
-Attention to detail
-Team player
-Effective interpersonal skills
 
Attention to detail is of the utmost importance in a position like this. A step being missed, even if it appears to be small, could cause equipment failure or harm to workers.
 
Team player is important since almost all types of pipe fitting work is done in close communication with other workers. Using a crane to raise/lower piping, bolt up configurations, proper installations, all require an effective and well communicating team to do the job safely and efficiently.
 
Effective interpersonal skills. Which is again effective communication with your coworkers and getting along well on a team. In this line of work, it’s needed on a daily basis for nearly every type of work you encounter on the job.
 
If you are interested in this type of work or even just trying it out, we offer a demo of this career through our VR program at Regina Work Prep Centre. Check out this fly by video for a sneak peak of what you will see in the headset!
 

Answer: Mining Engineer in Saskatchewan

The answer to last Friday’s question: Mining engineers plan, design, organize and supervise the development of mines, mine facilities, systems and equipment; and prepare and supervise the extraction of metallic or non-metallic minerals and ores from underground or surface mines.
 
Further details of duties include:
-Surveys and studies of ore, mineral or coal deposits
-Advise on appropriate drilling and blasting methods
-Determine safe and efficient mining of deposits
-Plan and design or select mining equipment
-Plan, organize and supervise the development of mines
 
Plus many more varied job duties! Keeping this career fast paced and ever changing.
 
Did you know that Saskatchewan has over 25 operating mines? Our mines produce potash, uranium, coal, gold, salt, meta-kaolin, silica sand, sodium sulfate, clay and bentonite. Saskatchewan also has a wealth of developing mineral resources including diamonds, platinum & palladium, rare earth elements, copper, zinc, and nickel.
 
Here’s a fly by video of being a Mining Engineer in VR at Work Prep Centre. Speaking of fly by, you can fly a drone inside of the VR. Pretty cool stuff!
 
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