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Senior Mining Engineer - Northeast British Columbia, Canada


Job Title: Senior Mining Engineer

Location: Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Language of Work: English

Start Date: When filled

Schedule / Terms of Employment: This is a full time permanent position

Primary Purpose

Reporting to the Manager, Engineering or Chief Engineer, the Senior Mining Engineer is responsible for providing life of mine (LOM) and strategic long-range mine planning (SLMP), pit optimization and design feasibility studies, equipment selection and budget preparation. This covers full lifecycle planning of existing and new sites, along with providing capital and operating cost estimates for study documents and regulatory applications. As well as providing technical input into the mining operation, this role will also require training of more junior engineers, clear focus on best HSE practices and cross functional teamwork with internal and external groups.

Company Information

Conuma is a leading Canadian producer and exporter of metallurgical coal for the global steel industry. Products from our three mine operations in Northeastern British Columbia, 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 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.


  • Provide mine plans and direction to the Operations and implementing engineering, mine planning and production planning strategies for existing and developing mine.
  • Work on technical issues and optimum mining methods to maximize production, reduce cost and increase return on investment.
  • Work on long range mine planning activities.
  • Plan and prepare life of mine plans, pit and dump designs, and appropriate ground control measures.
  • Work with mining software (MineSight) in mine planning and developing mine design, including evaluating alternative methods and design concepts and select most appropriate for further development.
  • Conduct mine planning and scheduling for mine optimization using current (MineSight) planning software.
  • Plan phase development sequences, road access, mining schedules, waste dump design and scheduling, water management design, equipment selection, and project cost estimation.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Geologist calculate mining reserves and provide recommendations and direction for existing and new mine sites.
  • Develop plans to convert existing geological resource to mine reserves, in conjunction with the Geology team.
  • Actively provide training and know-how to more junior, less experienced mining engineers. 
  • Develop and maintain respectful and professional relationship with external consultants.

Education, Experience, and Qualifications

  • B.Sc. in mining or related Engineering degree.
  • Professional  Engineering designation, P.Eng. or equivalent.
  • Minimum of  8 -12  years operational mining experience required.
  • Experience with open pit mine design, planning and evaluation.
  • Solid understanding of the strategic planning which entails to Mine / Pit Optimization.
  • Sensefly Ebee X Drone experience and an Operator License would be advantageous.

Technical Competencies and Skills

  • Mathematical aptitude, capable of developing solutions to three dimensional problems, ability to sequence and schedule complex inter-related activities.
  • Experience in mine planning/design/optimization using industry packages (such as Minesight, Vulcan, Surpac, Datamine etc.) Minesight™ and Atlas Scheduling experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of running Pit Optimization program (Whittle, NPVS, MSEP etc.) and application of optimization technique would be an asset.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office; Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Projects etc. 
  • Experience in achieving outstanding performance in the areas of Health, Safety and Environmental stewardship.
  • Oral and written communication skills enabling the writing and presentation of high-quality reports and other presentation material.
  • Effective attention to detail and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Quick learner and adaptable to an ever-changing environment.
  • Strong coaching and motivational talent.

Leadership and Problem-Solving Capability

  • Ability to coach and mentor team members. 
  • 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

  • Bus transportation is provided from Tumbler Ridge, BC.
  • 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.

Conuma Resources is an equal opportunity employer.
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