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Mine Engineer - Drill and Blast

Newcrest Mining
Red Chris Mine, Canada
Closing date
Aug 8, 2021

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Newcrest is one of the world's largest gold mining companies. As a global business, we aim to create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, valued, and supported to bring their whole unique self to work.

We recognise that our different backgrounds and perspectives help us find better ways to: solve problems; attract and retain the best people; explore, develop, and produce more gold safely and profitably; and help make Newcrest a better place to work.

Our Red Chris mine is located on the traditional territory of the Tahltan and we encourage qualified applicants from the local communities to apply. We offer several designated marshalling points within BC including Nanaimo, Vancouver, Kelowna, Kamloops, Williams Lake, Prince George, Smithers and Calgary AB.

Who we're looking for:

These roles will contribute to the safe, cost effective production from the Red Chris Open Pit by providing drill and blast engineering services.

  • Safety In Design with an emphasis on safe open-pit production
  • Deliver Open Pit drill and blast design functions to allow surface mining operations to mine in a safe and efficient manner
  • Delivery of a weekly drill and blast schedule that is integrated with the weekly mine plan
  • Ensure the Survey Team has clear priorities in support of drill and blast activities
  • Explanation & reconciliation of plan versus actual variances for drilling and blasting activities
  • Development of the Rolling 3 Month Blast Master document
  • Accountable and responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining procedures, Management of Change (MOC) processes and databases for all drill and blast functions
  • Accountable and responsible for commercial justification and contribute to business improvements that drive production improvements and cost efficiencies within the open pit
  • Accountable for change management, risk assessments and approvals completed as required
  • Accountable and responsible for quickly resolving conflicting stakeholder objectives

  • Drill and blast Quality Control and Quality Assurance skills and experience
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to quickly triage production and technical issues whilst engaging appropriate individuals
  • Conduct incident investigations and Root Cause Analyses (RCA)
  • Strong understanding of the mine surveying function, from the field to the office, including limitations, bias and the technological systems involved

Qualifications and Experience:


• Demonstrated commitment to safety and the environment

• A Bachelor's Degree in Mine Engineering, or equivalent certified formal education

• A minimum of 5 years of experience in drilling and blasting in open pit / surface blasting

• Experience with drill and blast software - ShotPlus, MineSight (Blast)

• Experience with mine planning software - MineSight (Atlas), Vulcan, Surpac, etc.

• Registration as a Professional Engineer, or able to become registered within 6 months

Recommended and considered and asset:

• Short Range Planning experience in polymetallic open pit

• Geology and Geotechnical engineering experience

• Underground drill and blast operational experience

• Previous experience working at a Fly-In / Fly-Out operation

Our commitment to you

At Newcrest, we hold core values that focus on caring about people, working together and achieving a high-performance culture through innovation and problem solving.

Newcrest's commitment to diversity and inclusion respects both the rights of every individual to work to their highest potential, free of discrimination, as well as the cultures, religions and governing codes applicable to each country in which we operate.

If you share our values and feel that you could make a meaningful difference in this role, please apply online before the advertised application closing date


Newcrest is the largest gold producer listed on the Australian Securities Exchange and one of the world's largest gold mining companies.

At Newcrest we’re known for our strong technical capabilities in exploration, deep underground block caving and metallurgical processing skills. We're committed to creating a work environment where everyone can go home safe and healthy every day, and where everyone actively contributes to this outcome; operating and developing mines in line with strong environmental, social and governance practices; developing a diverse workforce; and developing and maintaining strong relationships with our communities and governments.

In 2017, we joined the International Council on Mining and Metals, an international organisation that brings together 25 mining and metals companies and over 30 regional and commodities associations dedicated to a safe, fair and sustainable mining and metals industry, and serving as a catalyst for change to enhance mining’s contribution to society.

Our Code of ConductCorporate governance framework and a comprehensive suite of company policies protect against illegal and inappropriate behaviours, such as fraud, bribery, corruption, discrimination and bullying, and articulate our position on safety, health, human rights, environment, communities, security and diversity and inclusion.

Diversity and inclusion are essential parts of Newcrest’s vision, values and company culture. Our Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2025 to learn more about how we are building a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, valued and supported to bring their whole unique self to work.

Our headquarters are in Melbourne, Australia with operating mines in Australia, Canada and Papua New Guinea.

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