Going to school…underground: NORCAT research mine and simulators give students much-needed training for all aspects of the mining industry – by Karen McKinley (Northern Ontario Business – September 7, 2017)


With the Sudbury basin being a hub for mining technology, training people underground with real equipment would seem like a given. That isn’t always the case, but there is one place in the Sudbury basin with a unique distinction of being a training and testing mine.

NORCAT’s Underground Centre gives entrepreneurs and tech companies a laboratory to test their equipment, while also giving students a place to do real-world training and test theories.

Mining simulators by ThoroughTec at NORCAT on Maley Drive are also part of the training program, giving students more experience in everything from driving machines to tackling extreme scenarios like machine fires.

Many students have gone into the mine as part of a special program made possible through a partnership with the Ontario Government and NORCAT, known as the Youth Bursary Program-NORCAT Training and Development. One of those students in the program was Rebecca Hauta, who is pursuing her masters in mine engineering.

“It helped me articulate the development cycle because my master’s was talking about the components of the development cycle, specifically putting in rock bolts,” she said. “You get a feel for all the little details and little things you have to look at and how to do it properly, as well as how physically difficult it is.”

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