For six weeks in his job as a geological technician, Nathan Lintner took a helicopter to work every day. As he says, “I really like the fact that I rarely do the same thing for an extended period of time. I get to experience a vast portfolio of jobs and get to see a lot of country. I have travelled to BC, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and northern Ontario, as well as seeing places in between while on lay over.”
On a typical day in the office, Nathan will assist geologists in preparing a National Instrument (NI) 43-101 report. The NI is a strict guideline for how public Canadian companies can disclose scientific and technical information about mineral projects to potential investors. He helps compile the report or also creates figures and maps using a graphical information system (GIS) program. Scanning and printing maps is also a big part of Nathan’s job.
If he’s in the field, a typical day will start with equipment preparation. Once in the field, Nathan aids the geologist in taking samples, mapping, or just prospecting. He completes data entry at the end of the day during sampling projects, and organizes and packages the samples.
Nathan believes that people who want to be geological technicians should be outgoing and have good physical endurance, with a love of the outdoors. Nathan is undecided about his future plans, but he plans to stay in the mining sector and is leaning towards exploration geologist or geological consultant. “I enjoy the good wages in the industry and the close knit mining community.”