JOB: Backfill Engineer

Date:  Jan 22, 2021

Location:  Brong-Ahafo Region, BA, GH (Ghana)

Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.

About This Role:

To provide backfill expertise and leadership with regards to mine design and schedule for all SLS planning horizons and draw points with the objective of safe stable mining operations.

In This Role, You Will:

Backfill Engineering 
•    Provide technical input in the day-to-day operational rockfill activities. 
•    Daily reporting of void balances and fill placement to the mine technical services team. 
•    Provide backfill input into the mining production schedule. 
•    Assists with the establishment and implementation of the rockfill processes, standards and procedures for the Subika Technical Services team. 
•    Provide advice in line with daily, weekly and monthly rockfill requirements to all functions within technical services, geology and operations team. 
•    Monitor all backfill activities underground i.ie fill pass raise health, waste material selection, void monitoring etc. 
•    Organize for CALS survey, analyzing CALS survey and providing guidelines for void management.
•    Perform QAQC checks in stopes to ensure correct production drilling setup for Solo & ITH 
•    Perform routing checks on loaders to ensure draw % for SLS rings are being adhered to.

Document Preparation
•    Prepare monthly backfill reports detailing quantity of all fill and waste passes and maintain records. 
•    Contribute to statutory reporting activities related to backfilling.

Strategic Planning
•    Actively participate in mine planning activities. 
•    Review project plans and provide technical expertise in projects and operation.

Safety Health and Environment
•    Participate and contribute to safe practice and environmental awareness.
•    Actively participate in all Newmont Ghana safety and environmental systems and initiatives. 
•    Demonstrate personal commitment regarding safety and environmental practices. 
•    Identification of potential hazards and action that is appropriately taken.
•    Maintenance of a high standard of efficiency, safety and effectiveness. 
•    Raising, discussion and resolution of safety issues at regular meetings.

Training & Experience

Formal Qualification (including Professional Registrations): 
•    Bachelors’ degree in Mining, Civil or Geological Engineering. 

Additional Knowledge: 
•    Preferred knowledge of Mine design software. 

Experience: 
•    Previous undergraduate experience in hard rock underground metalliferous mining environment. 

Technical Skills: 
•    Advanced analytical and problem-solving skills. 
•    Advanced communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
•    Advanced computer literacy skills – MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook). 
•    Advanced planning, organizing and prioritizing skills. 

Behavioral Attributes: 
•    Safety Conscious. 
•    Initiative. 
•    Results Driven. 
•    Pro-active. 
•    Attention to Detail. 
•    Accuracy. 
•    Work Under Pressure.

Working Conditions

•    Combination of office and UG mining conditions. 
•    Moist wet surfaces with section of continuous water fall. 
•    Potential for extreme dust particles and high heat/humidity. 
•    Noise exposure within the requirements for earplugs or/and ear muffs. 
•    Dark environment which requires personal attachment of lit head gear.
•    Potential for seismic activity underground. 
•    Underground conditions include steep decline with section of uneven terrain.
•    Unventilated areas with asphyxiating gaseous environments. 
•    Working with corrosive chemicals.

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