We need Maintenance Supervisors to provide safety conscious leadership to their maintenance teams. Problem solvers and decision makers, they are responsible for ensuring the maintenance of a wide range of equipment and machinery.

What is it Like to Work as a Maintenance Supervisor in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Maintenance Supervisors are based in an office or maintenance shop in the mine or adjacent mill, but spend most of their time overseeing activities on-site. They may have to work in confined spaces, at heights, or in difficult environments and environmental conditions. They wear protective clothing and equipment most of the time and are also expected to participate in meetings with mine or mill management and other stakeholders.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

A Maintenance Supervisor’s role is challenging. Their work involves being responsible for major mining and process equipment and machinery, and there are many opportunities to work with new technologies.  They enjoy project work and get great satisfaction from seeing the results of their efforts.  They also enjoy developing others.

Job Description

  • Lead by example, and promote a culture of safety and environmental protection in the workplace
  • Ensure the safe and efficient maintenance of a range of equipment and machinery
  • May lead a mixed trades or specialist team (e.g. electrical, mechanical, welding, environmental, etc.)
  • Work with equipment and machinery in a mine, or with processing equipment in an associated plant or mill, or on vehicles or conveyor systems that transport material
  • Manage preventative maintenance schedules and planned shutdowns
  • Ensure planned and ad hoc repairs are executed to keep all equipment running smoothly and safely
  • Ensure that equipment is maintained as per vendor specifications
  • Responsible for planning and organizing work, distributing tasks to the team, overseeing work progress and performance
  • Advise mining and processing teams about correct operation of equipment
  • Build teams, motivate individuals and solve problems to achieve results
  • Work with senior managers and other supervisors to promote and achieve the overall objectives of the mine
  • Communicate well with senior management, other supervisors, and the team
  • Develop employees by providing advice, training, encouragement and coaching
  • Ensure that workers are well-trained and have the skills and knowledge they need to do their jobs safely and effectively
  • Comply with legislation and regulations concerning safety, employment and protection of the environment
  • Work with trade unions, if the mine is unionized




Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Maintains respect by demonstrating credibility and integrity
  • Identifies issues and solve problems with a positive attitude
  • Leads and influences people with different personalities
  • Makes difficult decisions, and communicate the reasons for them
  • An understanding that plant operating time is critical to the company success
  • Enjoys working with and fixing a wide variety of large and small machinery
  • Understands and respects legislation, regulations and procedures concerning safety and environmental protection,
  • Mechanically inclined
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Strong communication and computer skills
  • Well-organized and a critical thinker
  • Willingness to learn and keep up with new technology and new maintenance techniques
  • Works well under pressure
  • Works well with others

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.

Fixed Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • A Journeyperson Trade Certificate in a related trade or technical diploma
  • Two years relevant experience in a mining environment or in heavy industry
  • Knowledge of the mining industry
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, email software and language of operation
  • Valid driver’s licence with few or no current infractions
  • Must be able to pass a medical and drug test
  • Willingness to lead in a diverse environment

Regional Requirement

  • Bilingual French and English (Quebec and New Brunswick)

May be Required

  • Red Seal certification in a related trade


  • Proficiency with AutoCAD or similar software, and computer diagnostic tools
  • Post-secondary degree in engineering or mining
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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