We need Mine Operations Superintendents to ensure the safety, production volumes, quality and budgeting within mine operations. They are leaders, managing several mine management teams.

What is it Like to Work as a Mine Operations Superintendent in Mining?

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Mine Operations Superintendents divide their time between office work and directly supervising workers at the mine site. They also attend and chair mine management meetings.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Mine Operations Superintendents are highly motivated to take on a senior position with challenging work, involving a mix of office and mine work. They are ambitious, working with new technologies and developing their teams. They excel at collaborating with management, and are well compensated for their efforts.

Job Description

  • Responsible for safety, production, quality and budgets for their area of mine operations
  • Work with senior managers, other Superintendents and their frontline supervisors to control mine operations
  • Responsible for the workers, equipment, tools and materials in mine operations
  • Prepare and approve plans, delegate work to their teams, oversee progress, solve problems, and take corrective action when required
  • Organize budgets and monitor spending
  • Prepare reports and briefs on production, safety, progress on projects and more
  • Lead and participate in meetings and briefings
  • Recruit, train and develop employees, with support from frontline supervisors and human resources (HR) specialists
  • Oversee the development of supervisors, providing support and guidance
  • Work with trade union(s), supervisors and HR department to avoid and resolve personnel issues and grievances



Average $156,000


Job Prospect

Demand in Mining

Limited Great

Skill Transferability Among Other Industries

Low High

Success Profile

  • Delegate work to achieve results
  • Influence people at all levels
  • Make difficult choices, and effectively communicate their results
  • Overcome challenges and solve problems with a positive attitude
  • Cooperative
  • Understand and respect legislation, regulations and procedures concerning safety, employment and environmental protection
  • Organized and a critical thinker
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Team player
  • Works well under pressure

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

  • Post-secondary degree in mining or engineering
  • Minimum of five years of relevant operations experience in mining, including several years as a Frontline Supervisor
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, email and presentation software
  • Must be able to pass a medical test
  • Must be able to pass a drug test
  • Willingness to lead in a diverse environment
  • Proficiency in language of operation

Regional Requirement

  • Bilingual French and English (Quebec and New Brunswick)


  • Proficiency with AutoCAD
  • Post-secondary degree in business or management
  • Willingness to relocate
  • Other languages
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