Cody Spurrell

Production Geologist
Vale
Location Born
Location Now
Education Pathway

Cody Spurrell is a Production Geologist for Vale, located in Manitoba.


Outside of work I

I play in the local softball league. I find myself outside regularly. Fresh air and sunlight help me unwind after a long day at work.

Outside of work I
My career path is

In Grade 12, I took an earth sciences course and really enjoyed it. My original plan was to do business in university. But I’m glad I chose geology. I have a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences with a major in Geology and a minor in Geography. I worked with the Geological Survey of Newfoundland and Labrador as a student. That experience made me want to work in the mining and metals industry.

My career path is
My advice to others

You can achieve whatever you put your mind to. Be patient but persistent and you will achieve your goals.

My advice to others


About me

I was born/grew up in: Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador

I now live in: Thompson, Manitoba

I completed my training/education at:  B.Sc. in Earth Sciences, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

About me


I am motivated by

Learning new things everyday motivates me. Working in an underground setting presents new challenges daily. I also enjoy the people I work with.

I am motivated by
How I affect people's livesMy role as a production geologist may affect people in ways I don’t realize. Nickel is used in a wide range of applications, from medical equipment to electric batteries.
How I affect people's lives
What I do at work

I am a geologist at Vale, Thompson, Manitoba. I work underground in a nickel mine that uses open stope and cut and fill mining methods. I am part of a team that safely produces nickel ore to be further processed at the site’s concentrator. One of my duties is to do underground mapping and structural analysis. I’m responsible for deciding where blast holes are drilled in the underground part of the mine. I also calculate how big a blast we need to open up new ore for transport.   I perform material classification and evaluate ground stability too. I also monitor the areas underground where we have removed ore. These open spaces are called open stopes.

One of the jobs of the geologist is to carry out a process called grade control. This is important because it ensures that the ore going into the concentrator is consistent. We do this because the quality of the ore, and the amount of minerals it contains, can vary from place to place in the mine. As a geologist, I also do reconciliation work. Here I make sure that the ore reported matches the actual volume of product produced. This is important because there may be differences between ore reported and actual volume removed. If we don’t get the amount of product we expected it can affect us financially. It may also mean that the grade of our product needs to be increased or decreased which affects the overall tons of nickel produced.

What I do at work
When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Geography
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Business & Economics
  • Music
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Always wanted to be outside
  • Enjoyed working with my hands
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Played video games
  • Felt great satisfaction in getting good grades
  • Engaged in activities such as fishing
  • Learned best “by doing”

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