We need Internet of Things (IoT) Technology Specialists to help transition mining into the connected age of the IoT. The implementation of IoT and AI technologies will be game-changing in the data accumulation and monitoring of all aspects of mining operations, leading to a range of benefits including safety improvements, reduced environmental impacts and increased profitability.

What is it like to work as an IoT Technology Specialist in mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

IoT Technology Specialists are responsible for a mine’s implementation, maintenance and testing of IoT systems and sensors. They develop innovative services that help user receive, control and manage information. They are knowledgeable but also constantly learning about IoT protocols, software and devices, and they regularly monitor and analyze a huge amount of data.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

IoT Technology Specialists are efficiency-oriented individuals who are both excited by and informed about the future of production, monitoring and performance of mines. They are attracted to this career for its opportunities to be at the cutting edge of the next generation of cloud computing and AI-led industry initiatives. These high-tech passions will allow the IoT Technology Specialist to launch their employer into a new era of data-driven workflow, production, maintenance and management.

Job Description

  • Coordinate and support the deployment of IoT application solutions
  • Perform hardware installation and system configuration
  • Troubleshoot technical issues with IoT specific application integration and system configuration
  • Provide ongoing technical services onsite or using remote tools
  • Analyze business needs and develop technical requirements
  • Produce workflow charts and system architecture diagrams
  • Work alongside management and various departments to determine requirements for integrations
  • Provide solutions to issues related to the connection of networks and platforms
  • Project management that includes long- and short-term goals and initiatives
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of IoT, cloud infrastructures and supporting technologies
  • Create, analyze and validate detailed functional and non-functional requirements
  • Design and review test cases and code reviews as needed




(Source: online job ads in Canada, 2021)

Job Prospect

Opportunities in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Interested in learning new technologies
  • Organized analytical thinker with attention to detail
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills, able to troubleshoot complex problems
  • Committed to safe work habits
  • Minimal supervision required
  • Adaptable
  • Enjoys hands-on work
  • Enjoys working with math, science, computers and machinery
  • Understands and respects safety procedures, regulations and legislation
  • Willing to perform repetitive or routine tasks

Job Entry Requirements

Note: The requirements listed below illustrate what it takes to start the career and does not take into account on-the-job training given to new employees.


  • College diploma or bachelor’s degree in electrical, electromechanical, automation engineering technology, computer science or related technical area
  • 3+ years of relevant experience working in IoT integration and data engineering
  • Knowledge of wireless technologies (Wi-Fi, LTE, UHF, VHF, BLE, RFID)
  • Knowledge of IoT sensors, protocols and test tools
  • Knowledge of mining operations and mining equipment
  • Willingness to work in a diverse environment
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Proficiency in language of operation

May Be Required

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Willingness to relocate


  • Experience in IoT integration
  • Experience with cloud infrastructures
  • Other languages
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