Mine Engineer - Drill and Blast

Red Chris Mine, Canada
Jun 17, 2022
Jul 01, 2022
Full Time
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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:

The Drill and Blast Engineer will provide consistent, high-quality drilling and blasting engineering support required to support surface production at the Red Chris Mine.

  • Safety - Demonstrate a personal commitment and leadership in providing a safe working environment by:
  • Promoting and maintaining a culture of safe production by compliance with company safety systems, policies, procedures, environmental requirements, internal team safety requirements and other relevant targets.
  • Actively modelling and pursuing visible felt safety leadership, and our culture-based safety program;
  • 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 Technical Services and Mine Operations have clear priorities in support of drill and blast activities
  • Explanation & reconciliation of plan versus actual variances for drilling and blasting activities
  • Development of detailed drill and blast bench plans
  • 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:

  • A demonstrated commitment to safety.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in Mine Engineering, or diploma from an accredited University, technical school or college is required.
  • Able to register with EGBC as an Engineer-in-Training or Professional Engineer
  • Experience with mine planning software - MineSight, Deswik, Vulcan, Surpac, etc.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience as a Drill and Blast Engineer or Short-Range Planner.
  • Professional Engineering designation in BC (or ability to obtain within 6 months)

Recommended and considered and asset:
  • Engineering experience in polymetallic open pit mining
  • Geology or Geotechnical engineering 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