An engineer responsible for determining the lifespan of Highland Valley Copper represents one of 24 professions featured on a B.C.-based TV series about mining.
“It should be entertaining,” Aaron Wylie, a mine engineer with Teck Resources, said Wednesday.
The series, Mining Your Future, premiers on Saturday and airs every Saturday through September and October at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wylie’s segment will be broadcast Oct. 27 on CTV.
Maggie Dorf, the show’s executive producer, said each episode will showcase three different careers, a fact-digging segment that reveals fun facts about the industry, and a feature depicting the heart of the industry in B.C.
The production sought out 124 diverse careers within the industry and selected 24 people to be featured on the show’s first season. She said another 24 will appear on a proposed second season.
“The positions were randomly selected,” said Dorf. “The individuals were chosen by the companies that we contacted to ask if we could film at their location.”
The province, the Mining Association of B.C., the Association of Mine Exploration of B.C., Explore for More British Columbia and the BC HR Task Force, sponsors the show. Dorf hopes to present mining in a favourable light and attract new recruits to the industry.
Teck’s human resources department asked Wylie if he would be interested in appearing on the show. He was more than happy to oblige, he said.
The Mining Your Future crew spent about four hours with him. He said there was an informal interview and a tour of the mine, with Wylie showing off what he does on a daily basis.
“There was a candid discussion and we toured around the site and had a look at a few vantage points. We went over what it is I do and explored what it’s like to do my job,” said Wylie.
One of Wylie’s tasks is to determine how long Highland Valley can be mined, and justify future expansion. He said the mine is expected to operate until 2027.
He achieved a bachelor of applied science from the University of B.C. and has upgraded his education on the job during his seven years in the field, said Wylie.
Being featured on the show was a neat experience and he hopes people find it enjoyable, he said.
“It’s interesting to relate to the world what you do.”