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Duluth WorkForce Center

402 West 1st Street 
Duluth, MN 55802-1516     
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Telephone and Email: 
218-302-8400 or duluth.wfc@state.mn.us

Hours of Operation:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Mining Employment Information

The mining industry in northeastern Minnesota offers job seekers various employment opportunities.

Local Mining Information

See a list of mines that offer employment opportunities and how to apply for them.

  • ArcelorMittal Minorca Mine (formerly Inland Steel)

    www.ArcelorMittal.com

    PO Box 1
    5950 Old Highway 53
    Virginia, MN 55792
    Fax 218-749-3397

    • Applications are available at Minnesota WorkForce Centers when jobs are open
      • Return applications to ArcelorMittal by mail
    • Jobs are posted on MinnesotaWorks.net
    • Resumes are optional
    • 2-year degree or equivalent industrial experience is required
    • Qualified applicants may be selected to take an online pre-employment test
  • Cliffs Natural Resources

    www.CliffsNaturalResources.com

    Hibbing Taconite Co
    PO Box 589
    Highway 5
    Hibbing, MN 55746

    Northshore Mining Co, (Babbitt/Silver Bay)
    10 Outer Dr
    Silver Bay, MN 55614

    United Taconite
    PO Box 180
    Eveleth, MN 55734

    • Apply online
      • Complete an application for each position that you are interested in
      • Emails will be sent after each successful application
      • Email address is required to apply
    • Jobs may also be posted on MinnesotaWorks.net
    • Most jobs require a post-high school education or experience unless otherwise noted
      • Jobs at United Taconite require a minimum 2-year degree or equivalent industrial experience
    • Applicants will be processed through telephone screening, online interviews and computer testing of basic math, grammar, and computer ability.
      • Allow at least 2 hours
    • Pre-employment tests, physicals, and drug screens required
  • Essar Steel Minnesota, LLC

    www.EssarResources.com 

    Nashwauk, MN 55769         

    • Apply online (no mail or fax)
      • Complete an application for each position that you are interested in
      • Emails will be sent after each successful application
      • Email address is required to apply
    • Jobs may also be posted on MinnesotaWorks.net
    • Must meet minimum qualifications to receive an “invitation” to participate in hiring process
    • “Invitation” sent by email or US mail
  • Magnetation

    www.magnetation.com

    102 NE 3rd St #120
    Grand Rapids, MN 55744
    jobs@magnetation.com

    • Job openings posted on website
    • Paper application may be printed from website
      • Send with resume and cover letter
    • Packet can be scanned and sent by email
  • Mesabi Nugget

    www.MesabiNuggetMN.com

    PO Box 235
    Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750
    mesabi.nugget@steeldynamics.com

    • Website describes openings
    • Send resume and cover letter by email
    • Jobs also posted on MinnesotaWorks.net
    • Pre-employment tests include math, reading and work behavior questions
  • Mining Resources

    www.MesabiNuggetMN.com

    PO Box 151
    Chisholm, MN 55719
    mining.resourcejobs@steeldynamics.com

    • Website describes openings
    • Send resume and cover letter by email
    • Jobs also posted on MinnesotaWorks.net
    • Pre-employment tests include math, reading and work behavior questions
  • PolyMet Mining Inc

    www.polymetmining.com

    PO Box 475
    6500 County Road 666
    Hoyt Lakes, MN 55750

    • See list of job titles on website
    • Jobs also posted on MinnesotaWorks.net
    • Prefer 2-4 year degrees in fields of expertise or equivalent, related experience
  • U.S. Steel, Minnesota Ore Operations

    www.ussteel.com

    Minntac
    Mountain Iron, MN

    Keetac
    Keewatin, MN

    • Apply online
      • No calls, mail or fax
    • All jobs posted on website
      • Under "Careers," select "Job Opportunities" to view open positions
    • Jobs also posted on MinnesotaWorks.net
    • Maintenance Technician (mechanical) requires 1 year related degree OR experience, written and hands-on test
    • Maintenance Technician (electrical) requires 2 year related degree OR experience, written and hands-on test
    • Utility Person positions require 1 year industrial, construction, military, or related experience
    • Other positions include engineering, supervisory, clerical, and other operating positions
    • All positions subject to pre-employment written test, background check, physical exam and drug & alcohol screen

Tips to Getting Hired

View helpful tips on getting hired.

  • Get the Facts

    See our Mining Information Fact Sheet and our latest publication on mining jobs in Minnesota with types of positions that may be available at the mines and some of the job duties associated with them.

  • Your Resume

    Creative Job Search

    • A generic resume isn’t enough – 1000’s apply annually
    • Target a category of work; include only skills that relate to the position you are applying
    • For example, many companies need maintenance workers and prefer training such as:
      • 2-4 year post high school degree
      • OR 4 year apprenticeship in related work
      • OR 2 years directly related full-time work or related military deployment 
      • OR 6 months experience as an on-site contractor with HS diploma/GED
    • Describe electrical, industrial, mechanical, maintenance, or industrial technology experience
    • Add numbers, stories, etc. to describe the experience or how it was earned

    Parts of a Resume

    Objective: use exact job title, in mining language, with a little personality

    • Versatile maintenance technician with 2 year degree and job experience

    Qualifications:

    • List why YOU are the BEST candidate for THIS job
    • Use descriptive words to list skills, abilities, and work experience related to mining.
      • Operated 35 lb. jackhammer horizontally in unison with 4 person crew
      • Drove 280 ton production truck safely for 5 years, familiar with mining use of GPS
      • Supervised 32 unionized assembly workers on rotating shifts for over 7 years
      • Participated in obtaining first ISO certification as part of a 10 person team
      • Traveled to Utah to test PAR machine before company purchase
      • MSHA certified, 24 hours training plus 8 hour annual refresher & 4 hours/month training
  • Networking
    • Give your resume to a few people who work for the company--the good ones!
    • Line up references, some known to the people who hire for this company
    • Keep your references up-to-date on where you applied, when your interview is, etc.
    • Give your references a copy of your resume and review your qualifications with them
  • Preparation
    • Learn basic computer skills: mouse, scrolling, how to enter your name, address, etc.
    • Expect computerized tests: math (percentages, fractions, no calculator), reading, attitude and work questions
    • Expect a drug test
    • Contact your WorkForce Center (WFC) for workshops on skills, resumes, interviews, and more
    • Line up interview clothes, plan what to say, rehearse – try a mock interview at the WFC!
    • Take the National Career Readiness Certificate
    • Visit the WorkForce Center - they offer workshops, books, Resource Area computers, staff assistance - ALL FOR FREE!
  • Mining Jobs Online
    • Follow the instructions the mines have posted on how to apply for jobs
    • Many mines post jobs on MinnesotaWorks.net
      • Search for jobs
      • There is no fee to post your resume!
    • Construction, trade, and apprenticeship information is available at www.constructioncareers.org