Brad Pederson likes to be kept on his toes. Andrew Reimer has been intrigued with minerals since the age of nine. Pederson and Reimer, both mechanical engineering students, are recipients of the CIM Maintenance and Engineering Society 2009 Centennial Scholarship. The $1,998 award is open to any CIM national member or the son, daughter or spouse of a CIM national member currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution studying in the M/E disciplines with the intent of pursuing a career in the mining industry.
Mining graduate enjoys challenges of the North
Pederson, a 23-year-old Metis studying at the University of Saskatchewan, graduates with honours this June. The Martensville, Saskatchewan, native says he first became interested in mining while working summers in construction near the uranium mines of northern Saskatchewan. “I knew that I wanted to work in the mining industry when I saw the exciting challenges that they have to overcome,” he says. “It can be a fast-paced industry that keeps you on your toes. That is important to me.”
One of the challenges Pederson was able to see up close was the issue of accessibility, a critical factor associated with remote mining areas. “As the sites are so far north, even getting food for your employees can be a daunting task, as there is no grocery store nearby,” he says. “Shipping and receiving does not occur instantly, and getting parts for broken machinery can be costly as they may take days to arrive.”
Winning the scholarship was “fantastic” he says, and the money will be used to reduce some of the debt he has acquired during his school year. After graduation, Pederson hopes to continue working as a project co-ordinator with his summer employer, Points Athabasca Contracting Ltd. Partnership, with plans to move into a project manager’s position when he gains more experience and obtains his P.Eng.
Skier, rugby player and soon-to-be miner
Andrew Reimer, 20, is studying at University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and says his interest in mining was sparked by a video program. “When I was nine, my father developed a piece of education software called ‘New Brunswick’s Mineral Wealth.’ I was given the privilege of beta testing it, and the fun characters and mini-games peaked my interest.”
Reimer says he is grateful for winning the scholarship and has used the money to help pay for university expenses. “It was such a relief,” he adds. “Being in university can be a little tough on the wallet. I decided not to take a part-time job during the year so I could better concentrate on my studies. This scholarship really made a difference to me being able to keep my mind on school instead of work.”
Reimer has spent his summers working for the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources and J.D. Irving. He’s an avid skier and part-time ski instructor at Crabbe Mountain, as well as a rugby player, representing the Fredericton Loyalists team and the UNB Ironmen.
“Although I haven’t yet worked in the mining industry, I am interested in mining because there are so many international opportunities,” Reimer says.