Creating Local Jobs

  • Creating Local Jobs

    Minnesota’s mining industry has provided thousands of Minnesota jobs for 130 years, fueling the economy of northeast Minnesota, supporting families and contributing to community growth. Mining’s economic legacy continues in northeast Minnesota today.

    Once operational, TMM expects to directly employ 700 people long-term in northeastern Minnesota, and create another 1,400 non-mining jobs in industries such as equipment suppliers, manufacturing, retail, healthcare, automotive and more. Several million labor hours will be generated during construction, on par with the number of construction and related professional jobs created by projects such as U.S. Bank Stadium and Target Field in the Twin Cities. Even in its design stage the TMM Project has supported as many as 200 direct and consultant/contractor positions and additional spinoff jobs.

  • Geologists

    Geologists study the composition, structure and history of the Earth’s crust by collecting, examining, measuring and classifying samples of core. They help generate an understanding of what minerals are below the earth’s surface and provide information for use in site selection and project design.

  • Mining and Geological Engineers

    Mining and geotechnical engineers do everything from designing mines to supervising mine construction, and are responsible for the safe, economical and environmentally sound operation of mines. They work closely with geologists to locate and appraise new ore deposits and use math and science to develop and implement improved ways of extracting minerals.

  • Safety Professionals

    A major role for safety professionals is regular training, often focused on a company’s health, wellness and safety plan, new safety rules and work practices that are designed to keep all employees safe and healthy while at work. Safety professionals are also responsible for conducting and documenting routine inspections of all work areas.

  • Electricians

    Electricians install and maintain complex electrical systems to supply power for mine operations. They follow state and local codes to keep all equipment, wiring and fixtures safe and in operating order. This often involves inspecting electrical components, using testing devices to identify problems, and repairing or replacing parts of systems.

  • Environmental Engineers

    Environmental engineers use scientific data to research and analyze the environmental aspects of proposed projects, including air, water, soil, plant and animal quality. These engineers offer unique solutions during a mine’s design stages to avoid potential environmental issues, safeguarding our natural resources.

  • Miners

    Miners in underground operations have a broad range of duties, including extracting mineral resources from underground deposits, transporting ore from the mine to processing facilities, and opening new underground passageways.

  • Drillers

    Drillers are responsible for drill rig operation and equipment maintenance. Drillers recover core samples from mineral deposits and keep detailed records on drilling location, timing and the depth and amount of core drilled. The extracted core samples are sent to geologists for further analysis.

  • Accountants

    In the mining industry, accountants are responsible for organizing and maintaining complex financial records important to business success. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that federal and state taxes and mining royalties are paid properly and on time.

  • Carpenters

    Carpenters construct, repair and maintain structural woodwork. They must follow blueprints and design plans to meet the needs of specific projects.

  • Surveyors

    Surveyors collect data and make maps of the underground aspects of the mine. They also develop 3-dimensional diagrams to continuously update the mine’s progress.

  • Mechanics

    Mechanics maintain and repair the machinery used to remove, transport and process ore. They understand equipment and controls and disassemble and reassemble machinery to fix technical problems. They also perform regular tests to ensure that equipment is running smoothly.

  • IT Professionals

    Information technology professionals provide help and support to people using computer software or equipment. They test and evaluate existing network systems and perform regular maintenance to ensure that networks continue to operate correctly.

  • Administrative Assistants

    Administrative assistants are responsible for maintaining appropriate paper and electronic records. They answer routine letters and email and use computers for spreadsheets, word processing, database management and other applications. They are also responsible for managing overall office environment.

  • Equipment Operators

    Equipment operators drive or control equipment, including LHD loaders (load, haul, dump machines), haul trucks, drills, bolters, explosives trucks, bulldozers and graders.