Job Title: Chief Engineer
Location: Wolverine Mine, Tumbler Ridge, BC
Language of Work: English
Start Date: When filled
Schedule / Terms of Employment: This is a full time (40 hours/week), permanent position
Reporting to the Manager, Engineering and Geology and/or Chief of Geology, the Chief 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 life-cycle 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.
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.
Twice 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.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide mine plans and direction to Operations and implement engineering, mine planning and production planning strategies for existing and developing mines;
- Work on technical issues and optimum mining methods to maximize production, reduce cost and increase return on investment; and
- 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 (Mincom) in mine planning and developing mine design, including evaluating alternative methods and design concepts and select the most appropriate for further development;
- Conduct mine planning and scheduling for mine optimization using current (Mincom) planning software; and
- 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 resources 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 relationships with external consultants;
- Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills including ability to effectively communicate
- and interact with all individuals with integrity, empathy and sincerity;
- Have strong motivation
- Be a visible team player at the workplace with a positive attitude;
- Ability to prioritize;
- Lead by example to maintain high standards of conduct at workplace;
- Be respectful and possess cultural awareness and sensitivity skills;
- Demonstrate a dedication to the position and the organization;
- Demonstrate sound work ethics; and
- Be consistent and fair in decision making process;
- Proven conflict management skills
Qualifications and Experience
- B.Sc. Mining Engineering.
- P. Eng. or on track towards P. Eng.
- Minimum 5-8 years of progressive experience in mine design and engineering with demonstrated experience in feasibility study work with current mine modelling software coupled with experience in an operating mine environment.
- Excellent English communication (reading, writing, speaking) skills.
Skills and Abilities
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to prioritize projects and manage time
- Strong coaching and motivational talent
- Proficiency in using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Mine Planning Software
- Well versed in statutory mining regulations and regulatory agency structures
- High level of attention to detail;
- Excellent critical thinking, problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills.
- Ability to perform tasks with minimal supervision.
- Ability to build strong working relationships, internally.
- Analytical and problem-solving skills.
- Quick learner and adaptable to an ever-changing environment.
Work Location / Travel
Conuma Coal business address:
#200 – 235 Front Street
Tumbler Ridge, BC, V0C 2W0
- Employee bus transport is available from Tumbler Ridge, BC
- Please be aware no camp facilities are available
Wage and Benefits
$130,000 per year
Conuma Coal Resources provides comprehensive benefits including:
- Paid Vacation
- Extended Healthcare
- RRSP Matching
- Up to $10,000 relocation allowance