Short Term Programs

Mining Industry Pre-Employment Program


Career Description

With new mines being constructed in Saskatchewan, there is a strong need for workers in all aspects of the mining industry. Mine labourers carry out a variety of general labouring duties to assist in the extraction of coal, minerals and ore, and in other services in support of underground mining. As a Mine Labourer you will assist other mine workers in the maintenance and construction of underground installations; load, move, sort and pile materials and supplies; clear spills of ore or coal. This position is often the first step you take in this field.

Program Description

The Mining Industry Pre-Employment Program is designed to prepare people who are interested in the mining industry to move forward on a career path into this industry. Students will develop an understanding of the many job possibilities and related requirements for employment in the mining industry as well as basic hands-on skill development. To better assist students for their advancement in their careers, they will develop specific, individual career action plans to guide them to achieve their career goals.

Admission Requirements


Academic Requirements

Preference will be given to individuals who posses one of the following: Grade 12, ABE 12, or GED.

Non-Academic Requirements

Considerable effort will be made to identify and select candidates who show genuine interest in working in the mining sector. Some measures that may be used: information and orientation sessions, interviews (with industry involvement),job coaching and mentoring.

Candidates should also participate in a mine tour arranged through the local SIIT Career Centre.

Candidates are required to also have a clean criminal record for at least 7 years. The criminal record check from the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) must be provided prior to acceptance into the program.

Strongly recommended: candidates are recommended to have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a Class 5 Driver’s License – candidates without a license may be accepted in they can obtain a Driver’s License prior to the end of the program.


Industry Requirements

Good eyesight, hearing, manual dexterity, and physical agility for many jobs, be able to work at heights and in confined spaces.

Applicants may be required to pass a medical and/or drug test prior to employment or a work placement at a mine site.

NOTE: Most employers require Grade 12 or equivalent.

Delivery Method

Over a ten (10) week period students enrolled in this program expect to attend 30 hours/week of classes.

60% in-class learning

40% hands-on training

Additional at home independent learning is not needed but can help with your education.

Tuition and Fees

Dependent on location.

Students can expect to pay little to no fees depending on location and circumstances involved in training. (sponsors, LFD)


MIPP 100-Communications & Computer Basics

MIPP 110-Mining Industry Processes

MIPP 120-Career Decision Making in the Mining Industry

MIPP 130-Work Place Skill Development

MIPP 140-Exploring the Work Place

What to Expect

Student life will differ based on location, however, do not expect homework as most course work can be completed in class. We do recommend going over any relevant reading, or video tutorials to make the most of your education, bringing a bagged lunch as eating out can be expensive if done every day. Transportation to the Trades Centre’s depends on location, for some buses may be available; for those who drive parking might be limited; or, if either aren’t an option, catch a ride with a classmate!

Students in this program can expect to be in the class for part of the time for theory studies. Students projects will be in a shop based setting to familiarize oneself on some basic tools and work processes in the mining industry. Students will also receive rigging training necessary for work placement. Students will be provided proper tools and gain experience handling equipment in a safe manner. Relevant personal protective equipment (PPE) will also be provided to help ensure all students are safe on work sites, and in the shop.

Two weeks of this program will focus on mine safety training and work placement at a mining operation nearest to their program location.

Graduation Requirements

Students must pass all courses.

Attendance Policy

100% attendance is required to qualify for the practicum.

Career Posibilities

Saskatchewan Wage/Hour (NOC 8614) 







They will be eligible to apply to specific skills development training initiatives for mining employment. They may also directly seek entry-level employment with mining companies such as PCS and Mosaic.

International Students

SIIT is currently not legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian resident to apply.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

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