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Drill and Blast Engineer (Planning)

Job Field:
Mine Operations Jobs
Discipline:
Mine Operations - Other Jobs
Minerals:
Copper
Country:
Panama
Region:
Panama All
Contract Type:
Expat
Currency:
US$
Salary Description:
Negotiable
Posted:
12-Oct-17
Recruiter:
First Quantum Minerals
Job Ref:
501771

We are currently searching for competent and experienced people who will be responsible for the Drill and Blast designs.

Key Responsibilities:

* Must have an overall understanding of the drill & blast management of an open pit operation.
* Development of drill & blast designs and Blastmasters for each working bench.
* Liaise with the short term planning engineers and senior production staff to efficiently schedule the drilling and blasting requirements and minimise interruption of other mining operations.
* Advise and counsel the short term planning staff on short term mine design and scheduling from a drill and blast perspective.
* Liaise with the Drill and Blast Superintendent to ensure drilling and blasting operations are carried out in a cost effective manner.
* Liaise with the Drill and blast Superintendent to develop and implement procedures that optimise the drill and blast process.
* Ore control will be a vital part of your activities, ensuring dilution is minimized by division into ore and waste patterns as close as possible, respecting ore/waste boundaries, minimizing horizontal throw.
* Develop a controlled blasting program to minimize damage to pit walls.
* Understand the effects of fragmentation in downstream processes (mill throughput), and understand the impacts of pattern/shot design on total drill and blasting costs.
* Understand burden/spacing relationships and their applications in which to optimize total pattern design, explosives and fragmentation with respect to ground conditions.
* Development of cost control systems and budgeting.
* Provide mentoring and guidance to national drill and blast planning engineers.
* Ensuring a safe working environment at all times.
* Developing & initiating continuous improvement projects.
* Act as quality control on operations: that holes are drilled to current plan, to the correct pattern, depth and inclination to achieve the desired blast results.
* Prepare, monitor and update production data associated with drilling and blasting activities. Review Q/A data, digging sheets and blast videos to determine areas of further improvement.

Qualifications & Experience:

* Degree/Diploma in mining engineering or explosives technologies.
* +10 years open pit mining in a drill and blast capacity.
* Demonstrated knowledge of drill and blast design and initiation software. (Surpac, BlastInfo).
* Demonstrated people leadership and ability to training and transfer skills.
* A valid driver's licence.
* A valid blasting certificate will be desirable.

Closing Date:
02/11/2017

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