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Tabitha Johnson, BENG '09

(Mechanical Engineering)

Mining the world of possibilities

Tabitha Johnson’s career has taken her from northern Yukon to the Ruby mountains of northern Nevada, as she’s worked as a project engineer in the mining industry.

A 2009 Mechanical Engineering grad, Johnson says her goal was always to work in mining, and her success has been partly due to her willingness to move to new regions.

“Currently I work for Nevada Gold Mines as a project engineer in the capital projects group,” she says. “I manage projects ranging from less than $1 million up to $33 million.”

She says the job, located in rugged and scenic Elko, Nevada, has developed her project management skills.

“I’ve also honed my people skills, as one does when working with a very wide range of personalities,” she says.

Johnson moved to Nevada after seven years in Yukon, first in the silver mining industry and then with an engineering firm in Whitehorse, where she earned her P.Eng.

“The thing I love most about my field is that I can try out different things and balance being out in the field and undertaking design work in the office,” she says.

She says all of her career moves have helped her gain skills and practice problem solving.

She urges today’s students to chase down their dreams.

“Find an area in your field you enjoy the most and go after it,” she says. “Be willing to change and adapt as well by moving out of your comfort zone and trying new places.

“Never be scared to try new jobs, ask for guidance, or ask for what you want – the worst that can happen is that they tell you no.”

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