Officer, Strata Control

First Quantum Minerals

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”.

Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results.

Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.

Job description:

Purpose of the Role:

The Officer Strata Control, is responsible and accountable for providing strata control services and support to the Mining Operations Department to ensure safety and optimal ore extraction as well implement and apply strata control measures within the assigned area of the business

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct slope performance audits.
  • Gathering pit geotechnical data and information through mapping and logging
  • Installation, maintenance and management of slope stability monitoring devices.
  • Observing and determining geology and mining practices / conditions.
  • Identifying potential bench failure modes (kinematic analyses in Dips).
  • Overseeing and reviewing the tasks and activities of the Rock Engineering Observers.
  • Investigating slope instability issues.
  • Capturing and representing data and information in line with organizational and stakeholder requirements.
  • Accurate and timeous reporting of data and information.
  • Recommending on the safety and productivity of the mining environment
  • Adherence to rock engineering practices and principles.
  • Adherence to standardization requirements, policies, procedures and operating standards related to strata control services and support.
  • Resolving or escalating operational strata control related queries or breakdowns declared.
  • Reviewing and analyzing effectiveness of operational strata control processes.
  • Reviewing strata control data and information.
  • Participating in the identification of defects and improvement opportunities.
  • Improving strata control processes.
  • Successful teamwork and collaboration with stakeholders.
  • Coaching and on-the-job training to Rock Engineering Observers.
  • Adherence to organizational and legislative safety requirements.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Grade 12 School Certificate.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering or Civil Engineering.
  • 2+ years’ experience in a large hard rock open pit mining environment.
  • South African Chamber of Mines Strata Control Certification.
  • SADC Driver’s License.
  • Work experience in the mining sector will be an added advantage.
  • Blasting License.
  • EIZ and ERB registration.
  • Current driving license.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Intermediate computer skills (Microsoft Office & Pronto).
  • Application of Automated systems and Technologies (Numerical Modelling Packages, RADAR software, applications and troubleshooting, Siro vision).
  • Data extraction and capturing.
  • Data gathering and integration.
  • Data interpretation, representation and presentation.
  • Able to visualize and conceptualize 3D drawings and pit layouts.
  • Decision making.
  • Report writing skills.
  • Planning and organizing.
  • Time management.
  • Prioritizing and be able to multi-task.
  • Analytical thinking.
  • Conceptual thinking.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Speed, accuracy and precision.

Behavioral Traits:

  • Motivated & passionate.
  • Self-disciplined.
  • Self-starter.
  • Able to engage with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Professionalism.
  • Enthusiastic.
  • Holistic understanding of the mining process.

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