Industry Trainer - Mining

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  • Job Number:519874
  • Classification:Training & Development 4
  • Grade:Grade 79
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
  • Location:Delta Junction
  • Categories: Education/Instructional, Facilities/Skilled Trades, Other

Position Summary:

Mining and Petroleum Training Service (MAPTS) is looking for an experienced miner to join our team of instructors dedicated to training and mentoring entry-level workers into the underground and surface mining industry. If you have years of experience, a desire to work with students of various backgrounds, and are able to work a rotational shift at our mine training camp, we invite you to apply. In this career, you will find challenging work offset by administrative support and flexibility. Internally, we support a healthy balanced work/home life. Come join our experienced, loyal team of staff members.


1Deliver Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) Part 48 Surface Mine Training and Part 46 training and issue MSHA certifications upon completion. Serve as point of contact for annual MSHA audit. Develop, manage and deliver training in operations, blasting, mucking haulage, ground control, materials handling, milling and environmental regulations. Develop curriculum, create original course content and customize/modify existing material to meet the specialized training needs of each site.Essential
25Maintain and update training materials necessary for the proper and required delivery of course materials to students. Lead and mentor other trainers in the delivery of training. Serve as liaison with industry to determine how best to meet the needs of employers and trainees. Advise students as required; participate in university committees and work groups as required. Coordinate industry requirements with university resources, and allocate existing resources to meet program requirements.Essential

Mining and Petroleum Training Service (MAPTS) has served Alaska by providing training certifications across the mining and oil & gas industries for over 40 years. We are made up of a team of dedicated staff members who work together and across job boundaries to assist each other in ensuring success for its students. We welcome your interest in becoming part of a devoted team.

MAPTS is recruiting for a mine training instructor who will deliver in-person, hands-on mine task training in a camp setting as well as MSHA training in a classroom or online setting. The majority of time in this position will be providing MSHA certified instruction and hands-on training at MAPTS mine training facility. As a camp mining instructor, your rotational schedule will be approximately 16 days on, 12 days off. During the days on, you will live at MAPTS mine training camp, with lodging, meals, and transportation provided. You will work within a team of 3-4 instructors to provide intensive, short-term training to entry-level and incumbent employees. Each training session is approximately two weeks, is conducted seven days per week, 10-12 hours per day.

As an instructor, you will provide training in a classroom setting for MSHA certifications, provide training using Cyber Mine equipment simulators, and provide hands-on, in-the-seat training on actual heavy equipment. Students will be taught inspection, maintenance and, operation of mobile equipment as well as underground and surface mining tools.

When not instructing, you will be updating and improving your instructional presentation, ensuring the camp facility and its equipment is in good working order, coordinate with the instructional team to anticipate camp and program needs, and promote the MAPTS program to visitors and guests.

MAPTS Mine Training Camp facility is located 30 miles outside Delta Junction. The location is remote and mirrors the experience of working at a production or exploration project in Alaska. However, the camp’s location on the road system allows for transportation in and out and easy access to resources outside the camp. Instructional staff and students reside at the training facility for the duration of each training session. MAPTS instructors use this time to train students in the hard skills required for surface and underground mining, and more importantly, to mentor students to becoming valued and trusted workers in an industry that can support them and their families for the long term.

This position will occasionally provide MSHA compliance instruction face-to-face and online for classes scheduled separately from the mine training camp program. This recruitment will recognize a preference for an instructor who can provide other related trainings such as OSHA 10 and 30, MSHA Train the Trainer, blasting safety, mine rescue, etc.

The position will work with the MAPTS team to run the camp safely, efficiently, with the goal of positive outcomes for students. As an instructor, you will work with students from varying work and educational backgrounds as well as underserved populations. MAPTS not only trains for work skills, but for life skills, resilience, and teamwork. MAPTS prides itself on improving students’ opportunities for success in their work and home life.


  • Must have expert knowledge of how the minerals industry operates--the constraints and regulations, economics and labor needs.
  • Practical knowledge of both surface and underground operations.
  • Practical knowledge of blasting, mucking haulage, ground control, material handling and all safety and environmental aspects of the industry. This will require travel throughout Alaska to designated training sites and other remote sites.
  • Must maintain professional interactions with the students and industry partners.
  • Must represent the University and the Mining and Petroleum Training Service professionally and deliver the required high standards of instruction.
  • Must maintain all necessary paperwork and handouts that are utilized in the classes.
  • Must coordinate with the Soldotna office regarding proper and timely delivery of training records, travel expense receipts and other documentation.
  • Must coordinate any and all travel and class scheduling with the Soldotna office.


  • 5-10 years of supervision and or management mining experience.


  • Evidence of suitable work experience.
  • MSHA 5000-23 documentation of training and experience or letters
    from prior employers.
  • Associate or Bachelor degrees preferred, but Management experience and extensive industry experience can be substituted.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

Position details:

This is a full-time, Grade 79, (minimum $26.08/hr, DOE), 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

Applicant instructions:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Review Date:

This position is open until filled with the initial applications review taking place on August 12, 2022


Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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