Enterprise Engineer, Drill & Blast Design

First Quantum Minerals

General Role Purpose:

The role will be responsible for the development and implementation of Drill & Blast Management systems, continuous improvement and execution of drill & blast designs, mine planning, data management and analysis, and development of the drill & blast team through training and mentoring.

Core Specific Responsibilities & Expected Deliverables

  • Operate within and observe all relevant and applicable laws and regulations.
  • Take a leading role in respecting and complying with the health, safety and environmental practices of the organisation.
  • Design, plan, monitor and report on all Drill & Blast activities to ensure a productive and efficient mining operation.
  • Develop short and medium term drill & blast bench master plans and designs.
  • Predict and ensure blast fragmentation optimises downstream processes including load & haul activities, crusher and mill throughputs.
  • Manage QA/QC process, safety & procedural compliance in drill & blast process.
  • Guide the compilation of data for and writing of the daily, weekly, monthly and annual reports.
  • Develop, maintain & update the drill & blast management plan.
  • Collection, analysis and interpretation of drill & blast data and management of data management and reporting systems.
  • Consult with the site geological/geotechnical engineer to manage and optimise pit wall stability.
  • Liaise with Operational Supervisors/Superintendents and Contractors to ensure drilling and blasting activities are carried out in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Coordination and review of drilling and loading QA/QC data and blast performance data, including but not limited to fragmentation, shovel/excavator productivity, material movement, wall quality and condition and ore dilution and loss from blasting.
  • Identify and implement drill and blast related continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Train and mentor personnel in drill & blast planning, design, in-field execution, QAQC systems and analysis.
  • Perform other related duties as and when required as per the instruction of the department Lead or Manager.

Behavioural Traits & Personal Characteristics

  • Bolder: Flexible, versatile, and prepared to take on challenges as needed.
  • Smarter: always looks for efficiencies and better ways of doing things.
  • Driven: Sets high standards, is motivated and determined.
  • Together: communicates well with peers and understand others views.
  • Committed to health and safety.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work within a team environment and independently.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Committed to train and mentor others.

Operational Requirements

  • This position is based on-site and will be focusing on driving and delivering drill and blast technical expertise in planning, design, QAQC and optimisation.
  • Rosters and working hours may vary depending on business requirements.

Environmental Responsibilities

  • Comply with current, regional environmental regulations.
  • Comply with the commitments contained in the Environmental Impact Studies and other additional studies in this regard, which apply to your area and activities.
  • Comply with the provisions of the Mine Sites Environmental Management System.

Qualifications, Knowledge & Experience

  • BSc Degree or higher in Engineering Mining or equivalent.
  • More than 5 years of direct drill and blast technical experience.
  • More than 8 years of open cut experience in mining technical and/or operational roles.
  • Computer skills include proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, and Project) and advanced skills with blast design software, mine planning and design software and business intelligence software.
  • Skilled in wall control blast design techniques, including but not limited to presplit and trim or buffer blasting.
  • Experienced designing blasts using detonating cord, non-electric and electronic initiating systems.
  • Proven capability to develop and write safe operating procedures.
  • Able to lead incident investigations involving drill & blast and explosive usage.
  • Manage and mitigate drill and blast related risks for the operation.
  • Project management qualifications and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.
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