CA Mining

Date Created: 2018-02-13T13:02:48+00:00

Reference Number: 177 1302 MHU

Reference Number: 177 1302 MHU


Job Description:

Our client is a top mining company who has a vacancy for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer for their operations in Southern Africa. They are currently developing an underground copper mine. The main function for this role will be to manage and coordinate the provision of an effective geotechnical service for sub-surface and underground operations.



  • Manage and develop a team of geotechnical engineers
  • Oversee and review the completion of all geotechnical related statutory monitoring and reporting requirements, including for mothballed operations
  • Develop the medium to long term geotechnical plan aligned with business objectives, best practice, and the production plan
  • Formulate ground control management strategies and manage the QA/QC programmes
  • Contribute to, review, audit, and sign off geotechnical databases and models
  • Review annual and LOM plans to advise on the safest mining sequence using numerical modelling
  • Coordinate and review geotechnical design and analysis for sub-surface excavations and underground structures
  • Develop ground support systems using engineered rock mechanic principles
  • Complete performance analysis, using various geotechnical engineering software or otherwise for surface excavations and underground mine structures
  • Evaluate the rock mechanics of mining areas through the study of models, designs and processes to optimise ore extraction
  • Cooperate and work effectively with team members as well as other departments to address ground control issues and provide solutions to mitigate risks
  • Conduct underground site inspections, ensuring ground control management programmes are in place and maintained in line with geotechnical best practice and standards
  • Develop and implement mine operating systems, standards, templates and procedures in accordance with mine policy and regulations
  • Develop the geotechnical team through an effective programme of skills transfer, mentorship and appropriate training


Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in Engineering Geology or Geotechnical Engineering
  • At least 10-15 years’ relevant experience in an underground mining environment
  • At least 5 years’ experience in fully mechanised sublevel open stoping and stoping with consolidated backfill methods is essential
  • Proven track record in operational mining projects essential, experience in project start up and operational readiness desired
  • Proven experience in geotechnical project planning, design and relevant software
  • Strong analytical and interpretation skills coupled with the ability to make decisions in a fast-changing environment
  • Full understanding of all discipline relevant legislation; and Contractor management skills


Benefits and Contractual information:

  • FIFO expat position with a 6/2 roster

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