Geotechnical Engineer

Timmins, Ontario
Based on experience plus benefits and pension
Sep 16, 2020
Nov 15, 2020
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time

About Us 

Lake Shore Gold is located in Timmins, Ontario.

The Bell Creek Complex, located approximately 20 kilometers northeast of Timmins, Ontario, consists of an underground mine and processing facility. Mineralization is associated with the Porcupine-Destor fault system within the Abitibi greenstone belt, with ore mined by narrow vein longhole stoping methods.  Ore is then transported to surface via a newly commissioned 1080m deep shaft at a mining rate of 2500 tpd.

The Timmins West mine is located approximately 18 kilometres west of Timmins, Ontario, one of the world’s most prolific gold camps. Mineralization is associated with the Porcupine-Destor fault system within the Abitibi greenstone belt. The Timmins West mine is comprised of the Timmins deposit, the Thunder Creek deposit, and the 144 Gap deposit. All three deposits are interconnected by underground drifts.

We are currently recruiting for:  Geotechnical Engineer 

Job Description 

The role of the Geotechnical Engineer will be to work closely with the engineering and operational teams on site to provide and implement sound engineering and rock mechanics principles that will ensure stability of stopes and excavations with minimal dilution and ground failure. 

Job Details

Location: Timmins West Mine, Timmins, Ontario & Bell Creek Mine, Porcupine, Ontario

Rotation:  Monday – Friday, 8 hour shifts 


Reporting to the Chief Engineers, the Ground Control Engineer will have the following responsibilities:

  • Conduct routine inspections of all underground areas to evaluate geotechnical conditions
  • Investigate all incidents of ground falls or hazardous ground conditions and provide operations management with acceptable remediation or rehabilitation requirements
  • Complete in-depth numerical modeling assessments of existing and future mine designs to assess global geotechnical stability and hazards
  • Design and install geotechnical instrumentation, as required, to monitor stress changes/ground movements
  • Use monitoring data to alert operations and management to potential hazardous conditions and to calibrate geotechnical models
  • Work closely with the planning engineers to review and approve all development and stope extraction plans
  • Provide input to the daily, weekly, monthly and long-term planning processes
  • In consultation with the mine team, plan alternative methods of ore extraction, stope access and mining sequence, detailing the benefits and issues with each approach and make recommendations to the team
  • Update the annual Ground Control Management Plan
  • Work closely with the engineering and operational personnel to provide guidance on ground support, backfill and shotcrete requirements; this will include providing technical assistance for the purposes of quality control and quality assurance in these areas
  • Conduct periodic evaluations of the ground support standards and modify as required
  • Ensure that all operations and engineering personnel have been educated with respect to ground support standards and installation practices
  • Act as a liaison with government agencies and/or university research groups to:
    • assist in the transfer of technology to the company
    • propose research projects that could be engaged or sponsored by the company to improve safety or operations
  • Work with other company personnel and outside consultants to ensure the underground division’s geotechnical programs and policies are acceptable and effectual
  • Assist with underground mining studies, as necessary
  • Participate actively in training programs, personal improvement, and job improvement initiatives
  • Continually develop the ability, knowledge and skills necessary to keep up with the changing methods and technology in the job
  • Assist with special projects that arise within the planning and project teams
  • Perform other duties as requested 


  • Must possess accreditation as a fully qualified Professional Mining or Geological Engineer in good standing and a minimum of 5 years of related work experience in an underground environment
  • Ability to function with minimal supervision
  • Possess strong leadership skills and have initiative, as well as, be innovative and analytical
  • Knowledge of engineering techniques as they apply to ore body evaluation and mine operations
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong computer skills are required.  Excellent skills are required in the use of design programs, such as, A Mine, AutoCAD and geotechnical software. Experience in implementing and maintaining a seismic monitoring system will be considered an asset
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills are required.  The ability to relate to both operations and engineering in a team approach is essential to success
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada 

Salary & Benefits

  • Competitive Wages
  • Medical and Prescription Benefits
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision
  • Company Paid Pension Plan
  • Basic Life/Accidental Life Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Coverage
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Paid Vacation
  • Mine/Mill Performance Plan Incentives 

To express your interest in this position please forward your resume to: 

Human Resources

Lake Shore Gold

P.O. Box 1067

Timmins ON

P4N 7H9


Fax 705-269-4936

 Lake Shore Gold is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and we believe that diversity and inclusion among our team members is critical to our success. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees and all aspects of employment including the decision to hire or promote will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business requirements.

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