Job Title: Geotechnical Engineer
Location: Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia
Language of Work: English
Start Date: When filled
Schedule / Terms of Employment: This is a full time (40 hours/week), permanent position
Coordinate Conuma’s Geotechnical activities related to a full range of ground control engineering functions to ensure safety, and compliance to government regulations.
Conuma is a leading Canadian producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry. Products from our three mine operations in Northeastern BC, Brule, Willow Creek and Wolverine, leave us well-positioned to serve customers in South America, Europe and Asia
Three time winner of the Edward Prior Mine Safety Award for the lowest injury frequency rate in British Columbia, Conuma continues to lead the industry with multi-million-dollar investments in the latest collision avoidance and fatigue monitoring safety technologies for the protection of our employees.
Conuma is much more than metallurgical coal. Conuma and its employees are embedded in our communities. The company’s Pay It Forward program began in 2017 and since then has raised over $425,000 in support of “Our Kids” at a Bolivian Orphanage and the Vancouver Children’s Foundation. Locally, Conuma’s employee winter hockey matches ensure much-needed donations to the Food Bank, while in the summer, our employees get together to assist the local high school teams as they prepare their go-karts for the Conuma Challenge.
Our local communities in Northeastern British Columbia are amongst some of the most beautiful surroundings in North America. At the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark, employees can enjoy almost limitless hiking amongst some of Canada’s biggest waterfalls, ride through ATV and snowmobile trails, explore 97 million-year-old dinosaur footprints, ski cross-country trails, play ice-hockey, swim indoors and out, cycle, and enjoy the sense of community only a small town provides. An hour and a quarter away, Chetwynd is famous for its chainsaw wood carvings and offers a range of kayaking, snowmobiling and rock-climbing opportunities. Regarded as a wonderful place to raise a family, with affordable costs of living, Northeast British Columbia is the outdoor paradise our employees are proud to call home.
- Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) leadership.
- The Geotechnical Engineer supports the Chief Mine Engineers primarily in the management of the geotech programs at the mines.
- Ensure that geotechnical and design recommendations provided in relation to the open pits, dumps, stockpiles, sumps, haul roads and drainage channels is understood and executed correctly in the field.
- Collect, and interpret the required geotechnical data to support the Engineer of Record.
- Provide technical advice and design analysis for ground control issues related to the open pits, dumps, stock piles, sumps, haul roads and drainage channels.
- Ensure regular updating of the ground control program and Geotech manual for water & tailings management and proper follow-ups on the different KPIs. Conduct inspections and implement surveillance programs to guarantee compliance with the program.
- Carry out regular audits of the pit slopes and dumps and record results.
- Supervise slope stabilization works, geotechnical drilling, and installation of monitoring equipment.
- Collaborate in budgeting and forecasting and ensure adequate cost control of budget.
- Develop and own Conuma’s ground control plan.
- Provide mentorship and coaching to technical services staff and operators rise awareness and provide learning opportunities.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education, Experience, and Qualifications
- University degree in Mine/Civil/Geological Engineering
- Minimum 5 years' relevant experience
- Eligible for registration with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC), with registration within 1 year of commencement of post.
- BC Mine Supervisor Certification
- Valid Driver’s License
Technical Competencies and Skills
- Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Ability to understand the practical mining implications of geotechnical decisions.
- Good communication skills with strong ability to disseminate geotechnical knowledge.
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team.
- Good understanding of mining SHE requirements.
Leadership and Problem-Solving Capability
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
- Proven initiative and self-motivation.
- A positive attitude.
- Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and within established timelines.
- Ability to manage and prioritize assignments.
- Demonstrated problem solving, decision making and critical thinking skills.
- Lead by example to maintain high standards of conduct at workplace.
- Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity skills.
- Be consistent and fair in decision making process.
- Proven conflict management skills.
Work Location / Travel
- Please be aware that no camp facilities are available. Conuma believes in supporting our local communities by promoting them as a place for our employees to call home, not just a workplace.
Wage and Benefits
Conuma provides competitive wages and benefits. Benefits include paid vacation, RRSP matching and extended healthcare.