"It's exciting to work underground. It's a completely different atmosphere and you work with 400 different people."

Cominco's most northern mine is located 1,450 kilometres from the North Pole.

Mine technician Robin Betker spends a lot of her working day down under. She's underground in a mine laying drill patterns for long hole drillers. The drilled holes are packed with dynamite and exploded. The resulting rock fragments are taken away for processing.

Along with the day to day elements of her job, Robin likes the social aspect of working with so many different people in the mine. It's a different environment and one that she finds can be a real blast.

Did you know? Mining is the mainstay of employment in over 128 Canadian communities, mostly in rural and remote areas.

Robin took several different courses in college before deciding she wanted a fast track into the work force. That's when she found the mining program at BCIT. Her future goals include gaining as much experience as possible in all aspects of mining.

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Going underground can be a good career move, with plenty of on the job training advancement and a variety of courses available. Robin's position pays about $50,000 a year, working a 40 hour week with shift work. When she's not hiking around the mine, she likes to keep active and take advantage of the great outdoors.


Education: 2 year Mining Engineer Technology program, BCIT

Hobbies: Mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding