Kearl Mining Engineering Students


Calgary Campus or Kearl Site, , AB, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job Description

Imperial is one of Canada’s largest corporations and has been a leading member of the country’s petroleum industry for more than a century. We are the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products - sold primarily under the Esso and Mobil brands - across the country. A proven leader in hydrocarbon research, development, production, manufacturing, distribution, supply and logistics and marketing, we offer tremendously challenging and diverse employment opportunities.

Imperial is recruiting for engineering students supporting our Kearl Oil Sands operations in the following roles: 

Kearl Mining Engineering Student 
Under the guidance of engineering staff you will learn skills in the area of mine planning & design, mine technology, data analytics, and other mine performance improvement projects. You will be offered a wide range of challenging duties and learning experiences where you will gain insight into open pit mining and Oil and Gas operations.


Kearl Tailings Planning Engineering Student 
You will support the engineering staff working in tailings planning. Under the supervision of engineering staff you will learn skills in the area of tailings planning, fluid tailings management, fines treatment and tailings modeling/mass balance. The tailings planning team works closely with a multi-disciplinary technical team including reclamation planning, mine planning, the project team, and civil engineering.

Kearl Water Resources Engineering Student
You will support design, modelling, and monitoring of Kearl’s water resources infrastructure (hydrology and hydrogeology), including pumping wells, monitoring wells, ponds, ditches, sumps


These positions will be based at either our Calgary Campus or at our Kearl Oil Sands Operation The site based positions will be full time fly-in, fly-out camp based roles with a 14 days on/14 days off work schedule. Company provided flights are available from either Calgary or Edmonton and bussing is available from Fort McMurray.   Kearl operations will provide safe, secure and quiet accommodation near to the worksite for employees working on rotating work schedules. Facilities include a private room/washroom for each employee.



  • Studying to achieve a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mining, Civil, Petroleum, Geotechnical, or Geological engineering 
  • Available for a 12 or 16 month work term beginning in May 2022
  • Currently enrolled in a University Engineering program and returning to full-time studies after the work term
  • Your most recent unofficial transcript(s) must be submitted with your application
  • Demonstrated leadership and strong academic skills



  • Previous industry experience is considered beneficial, but not essential
  • Commitment to safety on and off the job
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills in English are required for all roles
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and in a team-based environment
  • A valid driver's license and a safe driving record is required for site based positions
  • Work schedule: Full time position 


Start date: May 2022


Work Term: 12 or 16 months


Location: Calgary or Kearl Site, AB

Your Benefits

  • You will have the opportunity to work with teams of experienced employees and interact with other engineers during your work term
  • Imperial supports and promotes a learning environment for all of our students, to utilize your current skills and develop new ones
  • You will have the opportunity to work in a fast paced, highly technical and professional engineering work environment
  • Term relocation assistance is available for those who qualify


Who we are

A leading member of Canada’s energy industry, Imperial invests in new technology to responsibly meet today’s energy challenges, reducing our environmental footprint and remaining committed to high safety standards and working with communities and our Indigenous neighbours. Our Kearl oil sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, represents the next generation of oil sands mining, and is positioned to provide exciting career opportunities well into the future. No matter what your career path, we provide the platform to elevate your goals and achieve your ambitions, while providing support through wide-ranging programs and benefits.


Imperial is committed to supporting persons with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. We will work with qualified applicants to provide reasonable accommodation upon request at Imperial.recruiting@esso.ca


Other considerations:

  • For applicants selected to be interviewed, pre-employment background screening will be required. 
  • We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Eligibilty to work in Canada

All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on a regular full-time basis without restrictions on their start date.  Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit. Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Application deadline: January 23, 2022



Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals.

In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.

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