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Mineral Processing Operator


This 11-week plus entry-level training program prepares students to be employed at operating mines that mill ore.

Students will learn how to use equipment to separate valuable minerals and metals from rocks. Training is focused on the knowledge and skills required to work safely and become a Mineral Processing Operator.

Program Outline 

A specific course outline will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the course.

Course topics include:

  • Pre-Employment Training for Mine Jobs (5 weeks)
  • Mine Mill Workplace Safety and Certifications (2 weeks)
  • Ore Processing  (5 weeks)

The training follows industry-defined National Occupational Standards and can lead to nation-wide recognized certification under the Canadian Mining Credentials Certification Program. Training components include safety certifications, mine safety, processing of ore, METSO software- computer-based training on mill processing equipment.

Career Opportunities 

The Mineral Processing Operator program prepares students to be employed as Mineral Processing Operators at operating mines that mill or process their ore.

Admission Requirements 
  • Must have Grade 12, GED, or equivalent (does not include Evergreen Certificate)
  • International students should refer to the English Language proficiency page to ensure they meet the English requirements
Dates and Locations 

The Mineral Processing Operator program is available upon demand.

Contract Training

An upcoming intake has been scheduled for Anahim Lake in September 2018.  View the Mineral Processing Operator Contract for details and to review eligibility requirements.

Learn more about Contract Training at NWCC.  For more information or to request a quote contact the NWCC School of Exploration & Mining.

Program Fees 
FEES 25.5 Credits
Tuition: Cost recovery program, depends on the contract
*Student Association Fees: $41.52 per semester

Tuition and Fees are subject to change without notice. Tuition may vary to ensure program is cost-recovery.
*These fees are term based and may vary due to the length of the program.