2019 Graduate Reliability Engineer

  • Permanent position to start your career and be able to participate in our prestigious Graduate Excellence Path during your first two years
  • Varied, stimulating and fascinating work

  • Excellent work environment where people are valued and respected

  • Position based at Diavik Diamond Mine in Yellowknife, NWT

At Rio Tinto you can explore and develop your personal and professional potential within one of the most dynamic and diverse companies in the world. Our Graduate Excellence Path (GEP) is designed to develop our future management and technical leaders.  You will be treated as a professional from day one. The work you will be given is real. The challenges you will set are real. The support and mentoring are real. And so are the respect and rewards you will earn along the way.

We’ll expect a lot from you too. Commitment, passion, perseverance and respect for others. If this sounds like a challenge you would take-on, you can look forward to: Excellent support, training, coaching and development; Constant acquisition of practical new knowledge and skills; and the tools to develop the skills you will need to go further.

About the role

The reliability engineering team at Diavik is responsible for improving the reliability of mobile and fixed plant equipment by analyzing and reporting equipment performance, identifying and communicating opportunities and managing the elimination of equipment defects.  The role is an excellent opportunity to be involved with all aspects of asset management and work closely with our maintenance and planning teams.  

The key aspects of the role include:

  • Cultivating a culture of reliability within the maintenance team
  • Providing engineered solutions to enable the team to achieve production targets through increased equipment availability

  • Collaboration with a multi-discipline team consisting of skilled trades, engineers and operators

  • Facilitation of problem solving sessions such as Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

  • Excellent opportunities for developing leadership abilities

  • Hands-on involvement and familiarization with mobile equipment fleet maintenance

  • Implementation of Rio Tinto asset management best practices

  • Reporting and communicating equipment performance and project status to the leadership team

  • Opportunities to collaborate and work with Rio Tinto subject matter experts around the world

The successful candidate will be encouraged to develop themselves with the potential of a future in engineering or maintenance supervision.  With that in mind, application to join the mine rescue team and other associated training will be encouraged.

The schedule is a 2 weeks on (working 12 hours daily for 14 days consecutively) / 2 weeks off rotation that includes working weekends and holidays.


About you

To succeed in this role, you will:

  • Be a recent graduate (within 2 years of completion of degree) 
  • Graduate of a program in Mechanical Engineering

  • Have a passion for identifying improvements and implementing change

  • Have practical industry experience; the individual should feel comfortable working on projects throughout the various areas of the mine, interacting with trades and management and taking a lead role on the assigned tasks. 

  • Have a strong hands-on mechanical aptitude and familiarity with working in a maintenance or fabrication shop environment

  • Project management experience and skills

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Ability to work independently, and as part of multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural team

  • Previous experience working in reliability and applying root cause analysis techniques would be considered an asset

  • Above all, the successful candidate will be one whose #1 priority is safety in the workplace

Graduate offers are contingent upon successful results from post-offer physical/drug testing and background and reference checks.


Where you will be working

Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of large, gem-quality diamonds.  Mining takes place in the lake bed at Lac de Gras with water held back by a dike made of rock fill. With approximately 800 employees,

Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, Diavik is instrumental in making Canada the world’s third largest diamond producer by value.  At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

About us


As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.

Our long history is filled with firsts. Weve developed some of the worlds largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium: our materials make up the world around us. Youll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home.

Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce

We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. Its a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. We all have something to contribute, and its this contribution that makes for a great organization and fulfilling career.

It is preferred that the successful candidate will reside in the north – Hay River or Yellowknife, NT.  If a successful candidate does not reside in Hay River or Yellowknife and wishes to move to the North, there is a flexible relocation plan available.


Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories.  Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration. NWT residents currently studying elsewhere are encouraged to use their permanent NWT address in their application.


So if this sounds like you and the opportunity you are looking for, apply now.


Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove job postings prior to the stated closing date, therefore, if you are interested in applying for this vacancy please submit your application as soon as possible.

Required Qualifications

  • None

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