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Exploration & Geoscience

Senior Open Pit Geotechnical 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 the 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 a motivated Senior Open Pit Geotechnical Engineer to join our Mining team at Tropicana on a site-based 8/6 FIFO roster from Perth.

Reporting to the Geotechnical Superintendent, this role is responsible for actively supporting all geotechnical aspects of the open pit operations: including geotechnical and monitoring data collection, evaluation & interpretation of geotechnical design and providing timely recommendations.


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

  • Review and communicate work practices to reduce the risk of injury from geotechnical hazards and monitor that all work activities and plans comply with relevant regulations for the open pit operations.
  • Maintain the site geotechnical monitoring systems and slope monitoring databases.
  • Carry out stability analysis of excavations and analysis of designs through kinematics, empirical and numerical techniques.
  • Coordinate routine inspections and report all significant ground related incidents.
  • Regular mapping of pit surfaces.
  • Implement geotechnical and horizontal drainage drill programs.
  • Timely validation and interpretation of geological data, through ongoing data collection and evaluation.
  • Support completion of monthly and ad hoc reports on data gathering, evaluation, designs, monitoring and geotechnical performance.
  • Provide meaningful input and revisions to the Ground Control Management Plan.
  • Plan and coordinate work activities for technicians to acquire geotechnical data.
  • Coordinate the use of consultants for geotechnical design and review, and manage geotechnical contractors on site.
  • Liaison with Mining Departments, Mine Planning team, Mine Geology Department and Macmahon regularly.


The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Degree in geotechnical, mining engineering or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated 5+ years’ experience in a mining-based role.
  • Commitment to safety, quality and teamwork.
  • Assist with the training and mentoring of geotechnical engineers to enhance site based geotechnical skills.
  • Technical knowledge focus on structural geology and slope/rock mechanics.
  • Exposure to drill hole data base systems such as Datashed and Acquire
  • Demonstrated ability to use specialise geotechnical hardware and software, including radar monitoring software, RocScience suite, GeoMos, Quickslope,  Map3D, Basrock software and Leapfrog.
  • Proficient at using Vulcan software.
  • Good written and verbal skills.
  • Current manual WA Drivers Licence.
  • Australian Permanent Resident or Citizen.
  • 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 for 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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