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Senior Underground Geotechnical Engineer
Full Time

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After an impressive debut in 2013, the Tropicana gold mine has consistently achieved or beaten performance targets. Owned by AngloGold Ashanti Australia Ltd (70% and manager) and Independence Group NL (30%), this large-scale, modern open-pit gold operation has been one of the most significant Australian gold discoveries of the last decade.

Along with continued investment and focus on our open-pit mining, Tropicana has also recently commenced underground operations at Boston Shaker. 

Tropicana has now established itself as an industry leader in operational excellence, offering an attractive working environment and contemporary accommodation and facilities

We are now seeking a motivated Senior Underground Geotechnical Engineer to join our mining team at Tropicana on a site-based 8/6 fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) roster from Perth.

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

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

  • Ensure personal compliance with company safety requirements and assist in developing and implementing improved work practices to reduce the risk of injury and improve productivity;
  • 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 underground operations;
  • Coordinate routine inspections and report all significant ground-related incidents;
  • Timely validation and interpretation of geological data, through ongoing data collection and evaluation;
  • Regular mapping of underground exposures using Q in development and scanline for stopping areas;
  • Complete analysis of stope and pillar designs through empirical and numerical techniques to advise mine planning and production engineers;
  • Support completion of monthly and ad hoc reports on data gathering, evaluation, designs, monitoring and geotechnical performance;
  • Provide meaningful input and revisions to the underground ground control management plan;
  • Coordinate the use of consultants for geotechnical design and review and manage geotechnical contractors on-site;
  • Assist with the training and mentoring of junior geotechnical engineers to enhance site-based geotechnical skills;
  • 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 in the underground mine environment;
  • Commitment to safety, quality and teamwork;
  • An understanding of the mine planning process from long term to short term;
  • Technical knowledge focus on structural geology and open stope/rock mechanics;
  • Exposure to drill hole database systems such as Datashed and Acquire;
  • Demonstrated ability to use specialise geotechnical hardware and software, including radar monitoring software, RocScience suite, Wellcad Map3D, Basrock software and Leapfrog;
  • Proficient at using Vulcan software;
  • Good written and verbal skill;
  • Current manual WA drivers licence;
  • Have existing and ongoing Australian permanent working rights (mandatory);
  • 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 that offers a competitive remuneration package, challenging work and career development prospects within a global mining company.

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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