Hello, I am a female mining engineer working in Kazakhstan. I am 32 y.o with 4-years Bachelor in Foreign Languages and 2-years Bachelor in Mining Engineering (WES evaluated this 2-year bachelor as 4-years bachelor Canadian equivalent with 2 first years being except due to my first 4-year Bachelor) and have 5 years of experience as a mining engineer (open pit). I also have Certificate of Mining Studies from UBC (through EduMine). I have applied for Permanent Residency in Canada. Can someone advise me on the better path for me to get my foot into Canadian mining industry? I realize that I cannot get a job, until I get registered with Professional Engineers Association and get Canadian experience. With that being said I am considering the following paths to mining industry in Canada for me:
Enroll to Laurentian University to Mining Engineering Bachelor degree program, as I am not satisfied with my 2-years Kazakhstan degree.
Pros: I have always wanted to study in Canada. There are a lot of mines around Sudbury area that would give me more chances of getting internships and co-ops, and may be landing a job. I could possibly find a job while doing the 2nd year of studies (as I have 5 years of mining experience) and transfer to Part time studies while working towards Professional Engineer designation.
Cons: I love studying, but I am afraid I will feel like a looser being 33 y.o. among those 18-20 y.o. young people.
Apply to PEO with my 2-years Kazakhstan Bachelor degree. They will assign 18 technical and professional exams OR will suggest me an option of enrolling to Internationally Educated Engineers Qualification Bridging Program at Ryerson University. It is 1-year program, after which I will have to take only 4-5 technical exams (instead of 18) and block of Professional Exams and get EIT status.
Pros: Be ready for labor market earlier (1 year instead of 4 years).
Cons: Without any internships and co-ops that a University could have helped me with, I will not have relevant Canadian Experience and will not be able to land a Mining Engineering job. I am also afraid that my technical knowledge is not complete without those first 2-years of Foundational program (Math and Science subjects).
I apologize for so many words, I just wanted to be clear with my situation, so that it was easier for your to judge.
We have no weekend coverage for blast designs here where I work so I'm looking for a TCL macro that can help alleviate some of the pressure on my colleagues covering for me over the weekend. We are using surpac 6.7/6.8 for blast design drill hole maps and our issue is that at present, if the floor isn't prepped ready for a proper survey topo by Friday afternoon then I can't design a pattern they may need for, say, Sunday morning. I can get all of the setup files (base DTM & boundary strings, pre split segments etc) created before I go but what would be great is if i could create a pattern with those (with a fixed collar RL) and get one of my colleagues to just run a macro to adjust collars to suit the topo surface.
Basically the opposite of the surpac BALST EXTEND SINGLE function, and applied to all the holes instead of click click click click click every hole which just ruins my day