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Mining engineer – Mid-range planning-Northwest Territories

Rio Tinto Full-Time  Anywhere 6 Dec 2018

Job Description

Mining engineer  – Mid-range planning

  • Be part of a global mining organization with a strong focus on safety
  • Work with an exceptional team of operations and maintenance people                                   
  • Opportunity to introduce and implement continuous change initiatives. 

About the role

We are looking for a Mine planning engineer – Mid-range to be responsible for developing, evaluating, and presenting medium range mining scenarios and participate to long range planning to assist DDMI Senior Management in developing appropriate strategies for achieving business objectives. You will be reporting to the Superintendent UG Engineering. The incumbent works a 4 days in / 3 days out rotation that includes working holidays.

The Main responsibilities will be:

  • Providing working mine designs that are accurate, practical, consistent with industry standards, and comply with recommended design guidelines and all applicable codes and regulations.
  • Developing mid-range and long-range mine plans for the A21 pit using hydrogeologic and geotechnical design parameters.
  • Producing, properly document, and clearly communicate realistic and workable mining schedules in a timely manner.
  • Calculating mine cost estimates based on research, consultation, history, convention, calculation, or other logical derivation that are acceptable to management.
  • Presenting plans for management decision making in an error-free, well organized, concise, and complete manner, writing brief or comprehensive summaries as requested.
  • Optimizing plans and schedules for pit operations to maximize production.
  • Undertaking continuous improvement projects related to mining or maintenance activities as directed.
  • Informing stakeholders upstream and downstream (e.g., Geology staff, Geotechnical Engineers and Operations staff) of plans, recommendations, and requirements, ensuring related calculations are correct and the message is understood.
  • Undertaking field visits with stakeholders, as required (at least twice weekly), to assess current pit and dump status and the accuracy of plans, adjusting plans accordingly to ensure they are realistic.
  • Interfacing with closure team for LOM designs
  • Leading short range planners to integrate mid to long range plans
  • Developing reports on planned vs. actual mined tons
  • Expanding and updating knowledge and skills through continuing professional development (self-directed or employer sponsored) that is consistent with the requirements of the Northwest Territories’ Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists (NAPEGG).
  • Ensuring compliance with DDMI & Rio Tinto Health, Safety and Environment standards.
  • Performing other related duties as directed

 About you

To be successfully considered for this role, you will have:

  • Degree in Mining engineering
  • Minimum of two to three years of related experience in open pit mine planning.
  • Eligibility for membership in NAPEGG (Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of the Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and northern mining experience would be preferred.
  • Knowledge of mining engineering practices, blasting and blast pattern planning.
  • Knowledge of mine planning and scheduling processes.
  • Knowledge of industry practices and safety regulations and standards.
  • Knowledge of project management practices including budgeting.
  • Excellent oral, written and active-listening skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work in high stress situations and resolve any issues with all co-workers.
  • Highly organized.
  • Effectively present to a variety of groups including technical, professional, business and community groups.
  • Proficient with VULCAN, Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently or as part of a team.

Where you will be working

Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds. At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

About us

As pioneers in mining and metals, we produce materials essential to human progress.

Our long history is filled with firsts. We’ve developed some of the world’s largest and best quality mines and operations, and our people work in around 35 countries across six continents. Aluminium and copper, diamonds, gold and industrial minerals, iron ore, coal and uranium: our materials make up the world around us. You’ll find them in smartphones, planes, cars, hospitals and throughout your home.
Creating an inclusive and diverse workforce

We are a diverse team of talented, enthusiastic individuals who foster a culture of inclusion. No matter how they may differ, our people share one thing in common. It’s a belief that work is more rewarding when we are accepted and valued for our differences, not judged by them. We all have something to contribute, and it’s this contribution that makes for a great organization and fulfilling career.

So if this sounds like you and the opportunity you are looking for, apply now.         

Please note, in order to be successfully considered for this role you must complete all pre-screening questions.

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories. Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

So if this sounds like you and the opportunity you are looking for, apply now on Rio Tinto website www.riotinto.com/careers   Ref. RITM2701327

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