We need Process Supervisors because they lead a team of process operators and other personnel to safely and efficiently operate processing activities. Process Supervisors are strong leaders who are decisive and work well under pressure.

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

Note: conditions vary according to employer and region.

Process Supervisors work in an office in the mill and spend a lot of time overseeing processing activities. They wear personal protective equipment most of the time, but will also be expected to participate in meetings with mine management and other stakeholders.

Why are People Attracted to this Career?

Process Supervisors seek challenging work involving major processing equipment.  They appreciate the opportunity to work with new technology and to contribute to the development of others.

Job Description

  • Promote a culture of safety and environmental protection in the workplace
  • Lead a team of process operators and other personnel controlling various processing machines and conveyor systems, in a mill attached to a mine
  • Processing activities include the separation of waste, washing, crushing, grading, chemical or metal processing, and packaging
  • Plan and organize work, delegate tasks to the team, oversee progress and monitor results
  • Build teams, motivate individuals and solve problems to achieve results
  • Communicate well with senior managers, other supervisors and their team to promote and achieve mine objectives
  • Develop employees by providing advice and guidance
  • Ensure that new workers are well-trained and have the skills and knowledge they need to do their jobs safely and effectively
  • Complete shift production reports
  • Liaise with maintenance, engineering and other departments
  • 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

  • Leads and influences workers at all levels
  • Makes difficult choices, and effectively communicate their results
  • Overcomes challenges and solves problems with a positive attitude
  • Cooperative
  • Keeps equipment and machinery moving smoothly and safely
  • Enjoys working with large equipment and machinery
  • Understands and respects legislation, regulations and procedures concerning safety and environmental protection
  • Reliable and responsible
  • Intermediate proficiency with chemistry
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong computer skills
  • Well-organized and a critical thinker
  • 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
  • Minimum of two years of relevant experience in a mining environment or in a heavy process industry (e.g., oil and gas, petro-chemicals, steel, electricity generation)
  • Knowledge of the mining or mineral processing industries
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and email 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)


  • A Journeyperson Trade Certificate, Red Seal certification, post-secondary technical diploma, or Engineering degree
  • Willingness to relocate
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