On being a woman in mining
- EFN Staff | March 16, 2016
Ms. Katelynn Kimbley of Beauval, Saskatchewan took a Mill Operator Training course in McLean Lake. She has since secured full time employment at the mine and she has since settled into career as a miner for Areva. We tracked her down for some insight to being a woman in mining.
What is your job? Describe what you do in a day.
My job is a Mill Operator. Currently I work in the JEB Water Treatment Plant, which involves a lot of sampling and monitoring. We treat process water and remove contaminants, dissolved minerals, and other materials that can’t be released into the environment.
What is most challenging about your career?
Learning new areas and being able to troubleshoot. Every area in the mill has a different purpose, therefore operated differently.
What is the most rewarding?
Every day you are learning something new, and at the end of your work week, you always feel like you accomplished a lot.
Is there room for advancement or different careers where you are?
Yes, with experience, I eventually would have the opportunity to advance if I wanted to. I also have the opportunity to change career paths with AREVA if I become interested in something else.
Was there a “welcome to mining” moment at the start of your career? Something interesting or awe inspiring?
I felt very welcomed when I started at McClean Lake. Everybody introduced themselves, made me feel at home, and was always willing to help or answer any questions I had.
What freedoms does this career allow you?
In 52 weeks (1 year), I only work 23 weeks, that’s less than 6 months. This gives me a lot more time to spend with my family.
Any tips for young women pondering careers working in mining?
Don’t be intimidated that the majority of the employees are men. We all treat each other equally.