- Role Model -

Nova McCoy


Name: Nova McCoy

Occupation: Underground Electrical Apprentice

Employer: Vale in Voiseys Bay

Education: Construction/Industrial Electrician, CNA - Labrador City

Hometown: Goose Bay, NL

Current community of residency: Corner Brook, NL

What does your typical work day involve?

Underground work involves troubleshooting pumps that keep the mines clear from water, troubleshooting 1000V mobile equipment such as jumbo drills and bolters, advancing communications cable, extending blast line, planned maintenance on refuge stations, and supplying the whole mine with power. Surface work usually involves fabricating jumbo drill extension cables (2/0 with 225 amp plugs), testing pumps to ensure they are ready for underground use, and general shop clean up.

What do you love most about your profession? Why did you choose this career?

I love the people. Underground miners are very family oriented and hard working individuals. I enjoy the challenge of being a female in a ‘man’s world’ and proving to myself and them that I’m just as capable. I chose this career because it is challenging, rewarding, and secure.

When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?

In 2016 after a major life change. I always knew I wanted to work with my hands, so I took the plunge and enrolled in the program.

What were your favorite subjects in school?

Math and science.

What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?

Don’t be scared to venture into trades. You can do anything you set your mind to.

Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?

Women need to step out of their comfort zone and take on more non traditional roles. There’s a lot that men can learn from us!!

Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?

My role model is my Grandfather. He was an Inuit trapper and hunter who did what he had to do to provide for his family. He worked at the steam plant on the base at Goose Bay and eventually retired from there. He was very personable and got along with everyone he spoke to.

What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?

I love doing anything outside. But I also enjoy putting on comfy clothes and curling up with a scary movie.

What superhero do you relate to most? Why?

Wonder Woman. She’s known for standing up for truth, Justice and equality of people.

Anything else you wish to share?


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