Brian enjoys the variety and challenges that come with being a Project Metallurgist at Vale Inco’s Thompson Nickel Refinery, supplier of the world’s highest quality electronickel. “It’s satisfying to know that I contribute to making a product that is of fundamental usefulness to society—our nickel is used in everything from home appliances to automotive and aerospace components to compact disc production.”
As a Professional Engineer, Brian conducts in-plant research and development to optimize the refining process and introduce new technology to the plant. He also participates in process engineering for large capital projects. His time is divided between the desk, the laboratory, and the plant floor. Brian enjoys the contrast between the fast-paced industrial environment he works in and the relaxed pace of life in a small, northern city. He is free to use the time he once spent commuting to work in a large city to pursue his hobbies of cycling, skiing, and music.
Before moving to Manitoba, Brian worked at the company’s research and development facility in Mississauga. “There are so many opportunities in this company and in the industry as a whole—in just a few years I’ve travelled and worked at our company’s locations in Ontario and Newfoundland, attended and presented at industry conferences, and travelled in the United States to collaborate with other engineers. I would highly recommend a career in this field.”