Field Supervisor/Field Team Lead – Robot operator

Job Title

Field Supervisor/Field Team Lead – Robot operator


Full Time

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11417 163 Street, Edmonton, Alberta Canada



Inspired by space robotics and advanced remote sensing, Copperstone envisions developing innovative tools and exploratory methods to help Earth’s most challenging environments.  We’re an Edmonton-based engineering firm specializing in the design, production, and operation of HELIX, an amphibious robot developed for environmental monitoring.  HELIX is used for site investigation services which may include measuring geotechnical parameters of mine waste tailings ponds, collecting samples, and conducting bathymetric surveys.  HELIX is also beginning to see use cases outside mining.

HELIX was originally built for mining operations in Northern Canada, some of the harshest conditions in the world. Inspired by designs of the past, we modernized the screw-drive concept and focused on solving the challenge of traffic-ability, safety and remote operations.

Why Copperstone?

  • We put people first
  • We think yes before no
  • We believe there is a solution and we will find it
  • We always strive to do the right thing, especially when it is difficult
  • We think numbers matter: accuracy, action, and accountability

We believe that robots can enable humans to reach further, tread lighter, and stay safer by harnessing the potential that exists at the intersection of robotics, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, the environment, and the industrial IOT.

For more information about Copperstone Technologies, please visit their website:

Job Description

The Field Supervisor/Field Team Lead will work closely with the Director of Field Services and other team members to perform field work using HELIX robots.  This typically involves travel to mine sites in Canada, the USA and likely other countries in the near future, for several days or weeks (in shifts).  The Field Supervisor/Field Team Lead and is responsible for the safe deployment and overall field operations of the HELIX robots while on site. Copperstone Technologies will train the Field Supervisor/Field Team Lead in safe robot operation procedures; however, a successful candidate will possess strong aptitudes to excel under unpredictable field conditions while collecting samples or data and positively representing Copperstone Technologies to our clients.  Field work may involve extreme weather and site conditions found across North America.

The Field Supervisor/Field Team Lead needs to be a motivated, enthusiastic team member with a commitment to quality, and success as a team. The ideal candidate is an effective team worker, who listens well, respects diversity of opinions and has an open, clear and succinct communication style. The candidate will gain in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience with the HELIX robotic platform, provide support for deployment and recognize, define and improve upon operational procedures.  The candidate should be excited to push robots to their limits in the field.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Become trained, company-certified, and competent to operate custom robotic platforms and other pieces of equipment, including precision survey and data collection instruments 
  • Lead robotic field operations with several robotic platforms and field technicians/operators in a safe and efficient manner
  • Build/Possess a working knowledge of of soil mechanics, in-situ testing, and geophysical and bathymetric field investigations/assessments
  • Lead the safe mobilization and demobilization of equipment in hard-to-access and/or remote environments
  • Perform daily and weekly maintenance and operational checks of the robotic platforms as needed
  • Maintain field tool kit, all equipment including trucks, trailers, generators and other
  • Field operations planning, including travel logistics, site safety, and training
  • Travel to mine sites in Canada, USA and likely other countries for several days or weeks (in shifts). 
  • Assist in the development or modification of field operation policies and procedures, SOP,  and checklist
  • Investigate equipment failures and operational issues to diagnose faulty operation and to make recommendations for improvements in design and maintenance
  • Ensure proper preparation, knowledge of, and adherence to all necessary safe operating procedures before beginning any job
  • Keep accurate and thorough records of all on site work including documentation,  photos, and daily internal reporting
  • Perform testing to collect data in an accurate and timely manner, compile the collected data and prepare technical testing and field reports
  • Responsible for the  interpretation of instrumentation readings and assessment of field test results
  • Preparation of technical documents to meet regulatory and client requirements and internal communications
  • General up-keep, maintenance and organization of Copperstone Technologies facilities
  • Actively participate in meetings, make substantial contribution to design reviews, provide comment and suggestions on improvements to procedures and design 
  • Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with several internal teams, as well as clients and client onsite representatives


  • Bachelor degree in Mechanical/Mechatronics or Civil/Geotechnical Engineering or Geological Engineering from a recognized university OR Postgraduate degree in Geotechnical or Geological Engineering would be an asset
  • Bachelor degree or Postgraduate degree in Environmental Sciences from a recognized university, with experience completing hydrogeological or bathymetric surveys
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant field experience
  • Must possess strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Safety tickets are an asset (First Aid, H2S Alive, CSTS, MSHA, etc.)
  • Must hold, at minimum, a Class 5 driver’s license with a clean driver’s abstract
  • Experience driving long distances with a trailer over a variety of terrain is an asset
  • Second languages are always an asset
  • Must possess a strong work ethic and represent the company in a professional manner at all times in the field
  • Must be able to perform physically demanding tasks, including lifting, moving heavy materials up to 50 lbs., climbing, crawling, kneeling, as well as walking on uneven ground, and working long hours in all weather conditions
  • Must work well independently or in a team setting with minimal supervision
  • Must enjoy working outdoors and traveling for extended periods of time
  • Must enjoy performing a wide variety of duties and be able to manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Valid passport and eligibility to travel to the USA for deployments is preferred

Bonus Qualification

  • Experience with robotic platforms (Drones, aerial surveys, drone operation), utility vehicles or field sampling equipment
  • Geotechnical or environmental experience with mining, tailings, or oil sands operations
  • Experience with soil, sediment or water sampling
  • Experience surveying, GIS, Geoscience, Geology, Geophysics, Hydrogeology, Bathymetry
  • Experience with telecommunications
  • Experience working on mine sites, staying in camps/hotels, shift work
  • Experience working in extreme weather conditions and remote locations
  • Eligible for APEGA or Professional designation registration with a similar association

Salary and Benefits

Expected salary range $60k-85k/year. Flexible time-off vacation policy.
Copperstone offers supplementary health and dental benefits

Flexible time-off vacation policy 

Hybrid Monday to Friday or shift work for various projects

Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, wellness program, long-term disability and life insurance

Professional development opportunities, and more!

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