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Drill and Blast Optimization Engineer

Job Field:
Mine Operations Jobs
Blasting jobs
Panama All
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Salary Description:
First Quantum Minerals
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Key Responsibilities:

Technical Accountabilities

* Design, plan, monitor and report on all Drill & Blast activities to insure a productive and efficient mining operation.
* Produce accurate Drill & Blast designs in a timely manner, as defined by the 3 Monthly and Weekly Plans provided by short range engineering.
* Under the direction of the Drill and Blast Lead undertake Drill and Blast related project studies and investigations: blast movement monitoring, wall control blasting trials, electronic initiation designs, mine to mill analysis, and other related projects.
* Introduce innovative D&B Engineering techniques and products.
* Be able to verify, analyse, and report blast performance data.
* Liaise with other departments on deliverables, inputs, and stakeholder needs

Compliance / Quality Control

* Champion operational quality control. Ensure holes are drilled to engineering planed depth, location, and inclination to achieve the desired blast result.
* Prepare, monitor and update production data associated with drilling and blasting activities.
* Review Q/A data, digging rates, and blast videos to determine areas of further improvement.
* Ensure Blast Masters Plans for the 3-month forecast are produced in timely manner.
* Review and analyses contractor shot reports identifying trends and inefficiencies.
* Consult and develop a close working relationship with the Geotechnical Engineer in order to optimize pit wall stability.
* Develop a sense of continuous improvement, seek to streamline drill and blast process to increase productivity, quality and compliance.

Education & Experience

* BSc in Mining Engineering & min of 5-8 years open pit mining in a drill and blast capacity.


* Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
* Ability to work in a team environment with many stakeholders.
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Ability to maintain self-discipline within a stressful environment.
* Ability to lead a multi-cultural environment


* Fluency in English / Proficiency in Spanish is highly regarded. A strong willingness to learn Spanish on site if not already proficient.


* Ability to maintain composure when dealing with conflicting priorities while providing consistent leadership and direction.
* Must be able to develop and maintain a cohesive working team.
* Ability to work effectively under pressure, remaining on track and compensating for variances.
* Demonstrated ability to manage suppliers/contractors.
* Vision to perceive risks and opportunities and an ability to act on these circumstances accordingly.
* Ability to develop solutions in a rapidly changing and mentally challenging environment.
* Willingness to take initiative on projects, design changes, and inventive solutions

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