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“We look at what is actually picked out of the rock.”

An existing interest in the earth led to training as an earth scientist and gradually, thanks to good fortune, a job as a mine geologist in Svappavaara. There Stina Ryttlinder keeps a full check on the rock, both through blast planning and subsequent quality control.

What do you do at work?

I am a mine geologist in Svappavaara. We work on both planning and production. The main focus is on creating and updating geological models – if there is to be blasting in the mine, then we produce models of what can and has to be taken out – but we also work a lot on quality control, quite simply following up on what is taken out of the mine and what we send away. As we are outdoors in an open-pit mine, there is a fair amount of office work in the winters, while there is more outdoor work, for example, surveying, during the summers.

What's the most fun thing about your job?

There is a good mix. It isn't just sitting in front of a computer. We also get out into the mine and look at what is actually being unloaded. There's a whole variety of different tasks to be done.

How did you become a geologist?

I studied sciences in upper-secondary school, but I never wanted to be a doctor. On the other hand, I have always been fascinated by how the earth functions. After upper-secondary school I took a break and went travelling for a few years. Then by chance I found an earth sciences course in Gothenburg and decided to dip my toe in the water. I enjoyed it from the start.

How did you end up at LKAB?

I moved to Kiruna and started at LKAB in 2013. The plan was never to come here, but before this I worked in a mine in Svartliden. When that closed, I got a tip they were taking on people in Kiruna. I found a job advertisement for a geologist and decided to apply. I travelled up for an interview and got the job. I had a week to pack up all my things in Gothenburg and move up here. That was the second time I had ever been in Kiruna.

What does EIR (Engaged, Innovative, Responsibility) mean for you?

It's really great in Svappavaara: you get the chance to test out many new things and methods at work. For me, it's important to always be thinking ahead, not to get stuck in old procedures. Responsibility involves us all looking after one another and saying hello to everyone in the morning. I am quite a committed person. As I said, I think it is important to push ahead, to be looking for new approaches all the time.

Name: Stina Ryttlinder
Lives: Kiruna
Education: Master's in Earth Sciences at Gothenburg University
Interests: Spending time with family and friends, exercising and watching films.
Best qualities: Persistent.
Worst qualities: A little too nice. Sometimes take on too much.