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Metallurgist - Elko Nevada

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs
Chemical Engineer Jobs, Metallurgist Jobs, Process Jobs
United States of America
Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
Kinross Gold
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Location: Elko, Nevada, USA

Bald Mountain is an open-pit mine with a large estimated mineral resource base located in Nevada. It is the newest mine in Kinross’ portfolio and was acquired in January 2016.

Job Description

Under the supervision of the Chief Metallurgist, the incumbent undertakes assorted fundamental research and development projects with an end objective of improvement of heap-leach, process plant operating and maintenance efficiency. The incumbent will be involved with the day-to-day safe production, plant/leach pad improvements, quality control, and trouble-shooting problems within the process department. The incumbent will introduce sound metallurgical practice to all process changes and recovery improvements and will support to the operational areas looking for more efficient process.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Coordinate with heap leach pad operations for solution flow/irrigation management.
  2. Maintain and manage water balance models (GoldSim and Excel Based) and perform water demand analysis for heap leach operations.
  3. Maintain and manage PipeFLO model for heap leach barren solution system: size pipes and control valves; calculate flow rates, pressure and total head on pumps to ensure efficient operation.
  4. Perform metallurgical accounting and control of gold inventories (solutions, carbons, ponds, tanks, pad, etc.) and monthly reporting.
  5. Maintain current knowledge of industry practice and innovation and technological change.
  6. Write up procedures and SOP’s for routine sampling and testing conducted in the process.
  7. Work closely with operations, maintenance, ore control, metallurgical/assay labs, and outside departments to ensure environmental compliance and safe functionality of plant/heap leach operations.
  8. Provide technical advice to process/heap leach operation and metallurgical lab.

Education and Experience


  1. A Bachelor’s Degree in metallurgical or chemical engineering is required.
  2. 3-4 years’ experience preferred.
  3. Accuracy and precise work, good computer skills and understanding of computer modelling are required.
  4. Ensure that sound engineering practice and principles are used.
  5. Knowledge of first principle cost calculation and basic cash flow analysis is preferred.
  6. Requires valid driver’s license.
  7. Good communication skills and the ability to provide technical assistance and analysis to process group stakeholders are preferred.


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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