Lead/Senior Engineer, Ground Control

Ontario, Canada
Jan 14, 2022
Jan 27, 2022
Full Time
The Opportunity

Who We Are:

Welcome to Vale in Canada. As a leader in the mining industry, our responsibility is to positively impact our people, communities and the environment. We value our workforce and offer continuous training and career development opportunities for our people.

Vale is a global leader in the production of iron ore and one of the largest producers of nickel. Active in Canada for over 100 years, Vale employs nearly 6,000 people across our corporate office in Toronto and sites in Manitoba, Ontario, Newfoundland and Labrador. Applying the latest technologies to sustainably produce nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum group metals, gold and silver is at the heart of what we do.

With our global headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and approximately 125,000 employees in over 30 countries, Vale is constantly growing and changing. We invite you to be part of our evolution.

Our Sudbury Operations have been in existence for more than 100 years. With five mines, a mill, a smelter, a refinery and nearly 4,000 employees it is also one of the largest integrated mining complexes in the world. Sudbury is also home to several administrative sites serving both the Ontario Operations as well as all our North Atlantic Operations.

Port Colborne is home to our Nickel Refinery where raw materials from our Sudbury operations are processed into electrocobalt and precious metals and serves as a distribution centre for finished nickel products.

Our Team:

The Mines Technical Services Team is integral for employee safety and providing mine engineering support to Vale’s producing mining operations. Members of this team work collaboratively to support mine sites engineering needs including surveying, ventilation, ground control, and short to mid-range mine planning is completed in accordance with the mine’s needs while maintaining a high standard of safety and productivity. Team members are also involved in the development of process improvement initiatives, practices and procedures in co-operating with other support groups and the mine operations team.

The Opportunity

We are currently seeking two (2) Lead/Senior Engineers, Ground Control to join our Garson and Totten Mines in Sudbury, Ontario.

The Lead/Senior Engineer, Ground Control 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 works with an effective ground control team, including Ground Control Engineers, Mine Technician/Technologists and/or Engineers in Training, to provide Ground Control Services to the mine operations.

Additionally, in this position you will:
  • 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.
  • Update Mine Design Package on an annual basis with inputs from various departments at a mine site.
  • 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.
  • Assist the Chief Mine Engineer at the mine operation to conduct geomechnical risk assessment of the annual mine execution plans to ensure that mining sequence and mine layouts are optimized to reduce the risk to safety and production;
  • Integrate the 0-24-month Ground Control Plan into the 0-3-month mine execution plan;
  • Integrate with Numerical Modelling/Geomechanics Studies & Design, involving mining methods, stope and pillar design and mining sequencing, to support mine site Ground Control strategy.
  • Develop site specific field instrumentation program, including micro seismic system, to monitor ground behavior with the progress of mining.
  • 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 You
  • Undergraduate degree in Mining Engineering
  • Professional Engineering Designation Required, for example P.Eng.
  • You have a minimum of 5+ years experience in a technical role in a mining operations environment; experience working in Ground Control obtained at a seismically active mines is preferred
  • 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 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

How can Vale grow your career?

The Senior Engineer, Ground Control, is a technical leadership position that will allow the right candidate to shape our mining operations as well as a team of technicians, engineers and EITs. Additionally, Vale Canada offers a series of benefits including:
  • Competitive salary
  • Relocation assistance as per our policy
  • Participation in our Employee Family Assistance Program
  • Online leadership training opportunities
  • Opportunities to advise and oversee the design, budget and construction of new mines and expansions

Difference Makes All the Difference

At Vale, we are committed to ensuring an inclusive work environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. Vale encourages everyone to express their ideas and opinions and values the plurality of individual profiles. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or any other personal consideration that makes us different.

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

In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, accommodation is available throughout our recruitment process for applicants with disabilities.

Closing Statement

Apply by: Wednesday, January 26th, 2022