Production Engineer - Mining

Location: via McKinlay Qld Posted Date: March 26, 2020
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Employer Job Id: 571120910 Careermine Job Id: 1839351
About South32

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, energy and metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America.

We are also the owner of a high-grade zinc, lead and silver development option in North America and have several partnerships with junior explorers with a focus on base metals.

Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people's lives now and for generations to come.

We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources.

Cannington is one of the world's largest and lowest-cost producers of silver and lead. Located in northwest Queensland, Cannington boasts an underground mine and processing facility situated approximately 800 kilometres west of Townsville and a concentrate handling facility at the Port of Townsville.

About the role

Reporting to the Senior Operations Engineer, the purpose of this role is to generate a rolling 4 week plan at shift granularity that achieves the monthly Short Range Forecast (SRF) for Production Blasting and Stoping. Other responsibilities include:
  • Optimise the schedule to bring online opportune ore sources, making trades offs as appropriate
  • Produce rolling 2 week schedule to shift detail, with due regard for interactions and with a focus on compiling schedules that minimise risk
  • Produce site setup plans (teleremote sites and miscellaneous Production activities)
  • Optimisation of the plan to ensure that the monthly targets are attained taking into consideration weekly variability
  • Schedule to achieve the monthly targets taking into consideration weekly variability and Safety and Health considerations.
  • Accountable for improving the performance of the work cycle
  • Preparing for weekly and monthly scheduling and alignment meetings to compare actuals against the plan and actions to put in place to meet the plan
  • Demonstrate safety leadership with regular underground and Run Of Mine (ROM) visits, crew and supervisor interactions and actively participate in the safety systems onsite


Cannington mine provides resort style onsite accommodation with laundry and meal services, as well as sporting and gym facilities and is FIFO from Townsville or Brisbane.

About you

  • Tertiary qualifications in Mining Engineering or equivalent, ideally with 2-3 years operational experience
  • Willingness to work in a Hard Rock Underground Mine
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical, disciplined and methodical in daily tasks
  • Collaborative communications across all levels of the organisation
  • Have or be willing to obtain First Aid and CPR training prior to commencement; training must be to a nationally recognised standard such as Apply initial response First Aid RIIERR205 + Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) HLTAID001; or Provide First Aid HLTAID003


Our benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Roster - 8 days on 6 days off FIFO from Brisbane or Townsville
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan and Short Term Incentive plan


Our culture

At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We're focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.

We aspire to be an inclusive organisation, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.

South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.