Kaylee Hayko graduated in 2020 from the University of Regina with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Industrial Systems Engineering. As an undergraduate, she took part in two work terms with Mosaic and upon the completion of her second work term, was offered a permanent position upon graduation.
What attracted you to Mosaic as an employer?
I grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada where Mosaic is a well-known company. When I started to look for university co-op work term opportunities, Mosaic was a top choice just based on the company's strong reputation. My first work term with Mosaic was split between the main office in Regina and on-site work in Colonsay. My second work term was at K1 in Esterhazy. These two work terms were extremely beneficial to my growth as an engineer. I soon realized that there are a vast number of opportunities available in this industry and specifically at Mosaic. I immediately knew that I wanted to be a permanent part of the Mosaic team. Mosaic offers something new and interesting every single day. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to be part of a team that develops and implements new technology and innovative equipment which improves worker safety and processes. I really like being on my toes and experience new things every day. From that first work term to now, everyone at Mosaic has been so welcoming and helpful.
How did your role as a Mosaic co-op student prepare you for your current position at Mosaic?
What I have found to be the most beneficial to prepare me for my current position at Mosaic is that I have been exposed to a variety of experiences. My two work terms offered many opportunities to learn more about the company from a business standpoint and to practically apply the theoretical knowledge I gained in university. I have been able to meet so many people, learn industry best practices, and also apply Mosaic protocols. The transition from co-op student to my current position was seamless due to the fact that I didn’t have to start from scratch. I had already established many connections and was familiar with the company's procedures.
What is one thing you’ve really enjoyed about your work so far?
As a Mosaic employee, I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience several different roles. This diversity of opportunity has introduced me to many aspects of the Mosaic operation including underground production and maintenance, inflow management, and surface maintenance. I take every day as a new adventure and benefit professionally from each and every experience.
What makes you proud to work for Mosaic?
Mosaic’s highest priority is safety. I have seen first-hand the extraordinary efforts that Mosaic, and its employees display everyday living this value. Mosaic not only helps the world grow the food it needs but is a leader in safety. I am proud to work for a company that prioritizes my safety and wellbeing as well as the environment. Being able to participate in the risk reduction program or various health and safety campaigns provides me with an opportunity to improve my workplace and to have an impact and voice in how safety is practiced at Mosaic. Being a woman in a male dominant field of work, Mosaic has shown their commitment to inclusion and diversity and is strongly working towards removing all barriers for all its employees. I am thankful that there are so many wonderful role models at Mosaic that I can reach out to as I build the foundations for my engineering career.
What advice would you give future engineering students who are working as a co-op student at Mosaic?
My advice to future engineering students is to never say no to any opportunity that is presented to you. Try your best to learn as many things as you can during your work term and don't be afraid to ask questions as this will help shape you as a future employee.