Technology is extremely important in Tamara Perreault’s work. She uses two-dimensional and three-dimensional programs to design new mines. On other projects, she will work with an existing mine that is developing newly discovered ore. Tamara uses other software to evaluate the ore and to confirm how and where to mine within the overall ore body. These programs also help her calculate the value of the ore based on current market conditions. Tamara comments, “Without some of the computer programs we use we wouldn’t be able to do what we do as quickly or as accurately.”
Tamara is pleased with her mining education. As she says, “My education is the basis of my knowledge. My courses taught me about various mining methods and some of the programs needed to do the work that I do. The instructors gave me what I needed to begin my career. From here I continue to build on that base and expand my knowledge.”
Tamara continues to learn in her career and sees a lot of opportunities in the mining industry. She enjoys the pace as well as the variety in her day to day work. “I enjoy the fast paced environment. When we have work for a client we want to get it done as quickly as possible. I love challenges and working here I have the opportunity to face them regularly. Different projects present different challenges and each project has its own highlights.”
As for her future, Tamara would like to move into a leadership position within the mining industry.