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Introducing Evangelina Arce – Haul Truck Operator

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Evangelina Arce was recognized by the city of Cajamarca for her outstanding work in the mining industry and for setting a positive example for many young women. The mayor of the city awarded her with the Medal of Honor.)

Evangelina Arce was recognized by the city of Cajamarca for her outstanding work in the mining industry, and for setting a positive example for many young women. The mayor of the city awarded her with the Medal of Honor.

She was born in the village Chogopampa, in the district of Sorochuco, in the province of Celendín. She has been an employee of Yanacocha since 2010, and is the proud mother of two children (Emerson and Christian).

In August 2009, Evangelina was invited by Yanacocha to be part of the company’s apprenticeship program. Of the 30 students in the community, Evangelina stood out for her positive attitude and willingness to learn.

In 2010, she was selected to continue her training in Mine Operations at Yanacocha, due to her skills and focus on safety. It was then that she began operating the large 777 Caterpillar haul trucks. In March of that year, she was called to fill a vacancy as Assistant of Loading and Hauling, where she quickly exceeded expectations. After two years, she was promoted to Truck Relay Operator, and later assumed the position of Mine Truck Operator I in 2013.

Today, she is responsible for one of the biggest trucks operated at Yanacocha: the CAT 793. Evangelina continues to demonstrate a high level of skill and safety leadership. Her contributions to her work are reflected in the awards she received in 2012 for Production and Security, and in 2013 by Tire Care.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that Yanacocha gave me; before entering to the company I could not even ride a bicycle. The eldest of my children tells me that when he grows up, he also wants to handle those huge trucks that are in the mine,” she said.

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