Sr Engineer - Ground Control

Ontario, Canada
Nov 17, 2020
Dec 17, 2020
Full Time
Who We Are

Why Vale?

Be a part of the largest mining company in the Americas and one of the largest in the world with operations in more than 30 countries. At Vale, we strive to be the number one global natural resources company in creating long term value, through excellence and passion for people and the planet.

Vale is proud to be part of the mining history in Sudbury which has existed for more than 100 years. With a focus on nickel and copper production the 4,000-person operation is Vale's largest Canadian site. In total, Vale has five mines, a mill, a smelter and a refinery in Sudbury, making it one of the largest integrated mining operations on the globe. We are privileged to operate in the territory of the Robinson Huron Treaty and homeland of the Métis.

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Vale is seeking to increase diversity across our operations and improve equal opportunity at Vale and in the mining industry.

The Opportunity

Do you value safety and risk management and make it a priority just as we do? Are you motivated to work collaboratively in a team environment?

We are currently seeking a Senior Engineer, Ground Control to join our Copper Cliff North Mine Department in Sudbury.

The Senior Engineer supports mine execution of the Ground Control Program and Seismic Risk Management Plans in Vale’s Sudbury Mine facilities. This role oversees all aspects of ground control duties at an underground mine in Ontario Operations. The role holder builds an effective ground control team, including Ground Control Engineers and/or Engineers in Training, to provide Ground Control Services to the mine operations.

Although previous experience in mineral processing or an industrial setting is considered an asset, we also appreciate that diversity of thought comes from our differences – and that’s what makes us great!

  • Undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Designation Required

  • 8 to 10 Years of experience

Requirements & Accountabilities:
  • To recommend actions to ensure that the safety and stability of mine excavations are maintained with respect to geotechnical, Vale’s policies/standards and legislated requirements.
  • To update Mine Design Package on an annual basis with inputs from various departments at a mine site.
  • To provide day-to-day technical support and coordination for managing the site-specific Ground Control and Seismic Risk Management Programs; and work closely with the technical execution teams at the mine sites.
  • To assist the Chief Mine Engineer at the mine operation to conduct geomechnical risk assessment of "Life of Mine (LOM) Plans" and annual mine execution plans to ensure that mining sequence and mine layouts are optimized to reduce the risk to safety and production;
  • To integrate the 0-24-month Ground Control Plan into the 0-3-month mine execution plan;
  • To integrate with Numerical Modelling/Geomechanics Studies & Design, involving mining methods, stope and pillar design and mining sequencing, to support mine site Ground Control strategy.
  • To develop site specific field instrumentation program, including micro seismic system, to monitor ground behavior with the progress of mining.
  • To provide training and mentoring to foster skills and competencies of the Ground Control team;
  • To provide on-call duties if required for technical assistance with ground stability issue
  • Underground mine design, mine engineering, ground control, scheduling, and high level of understanding of underground mining activities.
  • Knowledge of Rock Mechanics modeling software (MAP3D, rocscience programs and FLAC3D).
  • Ground control instrumentation knowledge.
  • Strong communication skills and development of concise documents and presentation materials.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills.
  • Must be skilled in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Takes initiative and can self-direct to accomplish goals with minimum supervision.

About Applying:
  • Apply by visiting or by clicking Apply below.
  • We appreciate your interest in being a part of the team though only those applicants who are selected for interviews will be contacted.
  • Vale is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation is available throughout our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.

Other Information

Closing date: 7-Dec-2020