Senior Rock Mechanics Engineer

Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada
Apr 28, 2021
May 14, 2021
Full Time

At Agnico Eagle, our values never waver. We believe in trust, respect, equality, family and responsibility. Why? Because they express who we are and they have helped us succeed in business for over 60 years.


We value you - your unique set of skills and experience. We value your willingness to build those skills and make a meaningful contribution to our company. And, we value your commitment to treat every person on our team with respect, helping us to operate safely, protect the environment and make a positive contribution to our local communities.


Agnico Eagle is always looking for new talented team members to join our Nunavut mining operations. Meliadine is located just northwest of Rankin Inlet, a small coastal town on the shores of Hudson Bay. Commercial production began at Meliadine in mid-May 2019 and the mine officially opened at the end of June. This mine is our largest gold deposit in terms of mineral resources and we expect to operate it for at least 14 years. The site features a power plant and processing facilities, as well as a complete camp complex.


Reporting to the Engineering Superintendent, the Senior Rock Mechanics Engineer is part of the Engineering Department and collaborates with other departments of the mine. They will provide professional advice on ground control and rock mechanics for the Underground Open Pit operations. They will consider the mine design, scheduling, monitoring function and data analysis to ensure maximum productivities and ore recovery in the most cost-effective and safe manner. The Senior Ground Control Engineer will ensure that the goals and objectives are achieved, while promoting and respecting Agnico Eagle's culture, Health & Safety Code of Conduct, and the environment.
  • Design and oversee technical studies regarding all aspects of rock mechanics, including numerical modeling and stability analysis for underground openings and open pits;
  • Elaborate upon and clearly define ground control strategies to ensure the safety of workers and to optimize ore recovery;
  • Review the annual LOM as well as the mine design and mining sequence to make sure they are in line with AEM standards and geotechnical best practices;
  • Ensure regular updating of the ground control programs and proper follow-ups on the different KPIs; Conduct underground and open pit inspections and implement QA/QC programs to guarantee compliance with the program;
  • Liaise with AEM specialists from the technical services team, project development groups and other mine sites;
  • Act as a technical stakeholder for deposit studies and long-term projects;
  • Supervise the work of 3 Rock Mechanics Engineers, 2 Backfill Engineers and 3 Mine Technicians;
  • Provide coaching and training to junior and intermediate mining engineering staff.


  • Bachelor's degree in mining engineering or other relevant discipline; a master's degree or PhD in rock mechanics is preferred;
  • 10+ years of work experience in ground control/rock mechanics;
  • Proven track record in operational mining projects is essential, with experience in project start-up and operational readiness being an asset;
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite and mine design/planning software (experience working with Deswik is considered an asset);
  • Be a member of a Canadian engineering society and be eligible for NAPEG membership;
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, strong work ethic and a positive attitude;
  • Strong ability to effectively communicate in English (Oral and written). Selected candidates must attain a passing mark on a Speexx English language assessment.

Your Work Schedule
  • Schedule: 7 days of work, followed by 7 days for transportation and rest; flights departing from all communities in the Kivalliq region, Mirabel or Val-d'Or, Quebec.