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Senior Mine Engineer

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs
Design Jobs, Mine Planning/Scheduling Jobs, Mining Engineer Jobs
Open pit
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
Kinross Gold
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Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Fort Knox is an open-pit gold mine located near Fairbanks, Alaska in one of the largest gold producing areas of the state. It is mined by conventional open-pit methods, with ore processed at a mill and heap leach facility. Fort Knox has one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world.

Job Description

Responsible for carrying out a full range of engineering functions including, but not limited to: development of an accurate mineral model, generation of mineable pit designs, analyzing equipment needs, managing multiple projects, creation of alternative mine plans, and evaluation of various operational scenarios with the goal of maximizing revenue. Must show the ability and willingness to supervise and develop other department personnel. Will have direct involvement and communication with staff from all departments.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop accurate mineral model(s) for use in planning and reserve/resource calculations.
  • Design ultimate pits and intermediate phases based on mineral model and constraints such as mining limitations, slope design criteria, topography, and facility location.
  • Use pit design along with knowledge of mineral model and production constraints to generate a long-range plan that accurately predicts mining progress by period.
  • Review the preparation of short-term mine plans and schedules and make recommendations on the integration of those plans with the long-term and LOM plans.
  • Evaluate alternative designs and mine plans based on various operational scenarios with the goal of maximizing productivity and revenue.
  • Conduct equipment studies to verify that planned production goals can be met.
  • Make recommendations for opportunities that maximize efficiency and productivity of the entire operation.
  • Prepare resource/reserve estimations and annual technical report.
  • Generate mine planning and project management monthly summaries for use in company reporting.
  • Provide support, as needed, to other departments on monthly reporting.
  • Review designs of dumps, access roads, ramps, and mine site facilities.
  • Project management duties, including, but not limited to: contract review, bid award, cost estimation, schedule tracking, and reporting.
  • Supervise and train other department personnel to perform duties listed above.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in job performance.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance is required.
  • Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to, safety, confidentiality, and environmental policies.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the state.
  • Work safely in all areas and identify potential safety hazards and work with management to correct them.
  • Work without significant risk of harm to self and others.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • Employee must have sufficient education to read and write instructions, perform simple mathematical calculations, and keep records.
  • Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering or equivalent work experience preferred.
  • Minimum of five years of experience in a mining environment preferred.
  • Knowledge of engineering techniques as they apply to pit design, mine planning, equipment analysis, and project management.
  • Thorough understanding of open-pit mining operations as well as a general understanding of milling operations and mine maintenance.
  • Thorough working knowledge and skill using a P.C. utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation programs. Experience with MineSight and AutoCAD preferred.
  • Experience in supervising personnel is preferred.


  • Have a strong commitment to safe working practices.
  • Possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Strong verbal, written, analytical and persuasive skills and the ability to interact effectively with all levels of employees and management.
  • Strong administrative and organizational skills desired.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to function within the qualifications outlined in the physical demands sheets.
  • May work holidays, shift work, and weekends as required.

Reporting Relationships

• Reports to the Chief Mine Engineer.

Career Framework and Level

Accountability (P3)

Knowledge (P3)

Leadership (P3)

Complexity (P3)

Impact (P3)

Legislative Requirements

Background Check required

US work permit required

Travel Requirements

Travel not required, only exceptionally

Kinross is a Canadian-based gold mining company with mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania, employing approximately 9,300 people worldwide. Our core purpose is to lead the world in generating value through responsible mining.

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