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Drill and Blast Engineer
Full Time

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Owned by AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd (70% and manager) and Regis Resources Ltd (30%), Tropicana produces approximately 450,000 ounces annually. The Tropicana operation comprises a significant open-pit mine with a 6-year life as well as the newly developed Boston Shaker underground. The Boston Shaker underground has a mine life of 7 years with significant exploration upside being realised with a large brownfields drilling budget to support Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve growth creating an exciting future. Coupled with this, working at Tropicana provides the opportunity to work with a gold mining major on a stable, long life and well-managed operation.

We are now seeking an experienced Drill and Blast Engineer to join our Mining team at the Tropicana Gold Mine.

Accountable to the Drill and Blast Superintendent, this role is responsible for strategic planning, optimisation and monitoring of Drill and Blast activities. This involves producing drill & blast designs based on specifications outlined in the Blast Master and continuous improvement initiatives. This role is based at the Tropicana Gold Mine based on an 8/6 fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) roster from Perth or Kalgoorlie.

The main tasks of the role include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic planning and optimisation of Drill and Blast activities;
  • Monitor and report compliance to Drill and Blast Standards;
  • Coordination and review of QA/QC, including use, blast vibration monitoring, fragmentation analysis, video camera,  ability to di material, dilution and ore loss from blasting;
  • Monthly audits of Drill and Blast infrastructure;
  • Projects and continuous improvement;
  • Monitor and review Blast Logic data from production drilling, bulk explosive loading, and blasting;
  • End of the month calculation and provide drill and blast data as required to other departments;
  • Provide specialist advice on drill and blast impacts to costs per ounce, and advice to identify and mitigate blasting related risks;
  • Monitor powder factors, bulk explosives and consumables usage against budget;
  • Lead or assist with incident investigations involving explosive usage including misfires, flyrock and excessive blast vibrations.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • At least 3 years engineering experience working in mining operations;
  • Bachelor Degree in Mining Engineering or AusIMM accepted equivalent;
  • Experience with large scale open-pit hard rock mining;
  • Experience in, progress claims and contract variations, preferably in a Mining Alliance environment;
  • Experience in managing mining and continuous improvement projects;
  • Competent in at least one General Mining Package (eg Vulcan, Datamine or MineSight), in addition to MS Office software including Excel and Project;
  • Excellent computer skills such as basic scripting;
  • Applicants with Vulcan experience will be held in high regard;
  • Existing and ongoing Permanent working rights in Australia (mandatory);
  • Able to attain a National Police Clearance.

To be successful in this role you will also need to share AngloGold Ashanti’s values and its commitment to safety and the environment.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a global mining organisation that values its employees and promotes a diverse and inclusive culture.

As well as offering a highly competitive remuneration package and a newly introduced performance bonus scheme, we offer challenging work and career development prospects and all our permanent employees (and their direct family members) are eligible for fully paid private health cover, we also provide free annual flu vaccinations, professional memberships and paid parental leave.

We also have a number of active committees and programs that support our employees from a diversity and inclusion, health and wellbeing, and career development perspective. 

Recruitment Agency approaches and referrals will not be accepted for this role, all interested candidates must apply directly to be considered for any vacancy advertised by AngloGold Ashanti Australia.

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