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Chief Engineer in Columbus, MT at BetterJobs

Date Posted: 2/12/2019

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Job Description:

The Chief Engineer is responsible for providing technical assistance support to the mine operations as well as develop, lead, direct, and coordinate mine/staff engineers, surveyors, and technicians, in their given operational responsibilities. Ensuring a safe and environmentally excellent setting for the technical team is paramount to the success of the mine. Build an environment that integrates the engineering group into an operations team which challenges and inspires creativity, fact-finding and solution generation. Lead engineering department in breaking down barriers between other departments.


The Chief Engineer reports to the Manager – Technical Services on all aspects of administrative and technical operations.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide leadership for a safe and productive mine technical team
  • Actively support Safety and Health Management and Environmental systems and regulatory compliance
  • Coach and mentor the Engineering Department in accordance with SMC leadership qualities
  • Regularly interact and be visible with the workforce, demonstrating high-level leadership qualities
  • Work with site senior leadership team in continuing the development of a focused, engaged culture throughout the organization
  • Establish and execute short and long-term planning strategies that support the growth of the operation
  • Develop and execute strategic workforce planning and organizational development with the technical team
  • Foster cooperation, collaboration, and innovation to ensure that realistic technical goals ae being set and met. Ensure that resource value is being maximized
  • Facilitate weekly planning meetings and other site technical meetings
  • Lead site mine technical team to ensure maximum support to mine operations and maintenance activities as well as other mine support groups through safely optimizing mine operation systems, planning and procedures
  • Oversee multiple work groups and take appropriate action in supporting positive actions as well as professionally addressing inappropriate behaviors
  • Be pro-active in all aspects of the operation; safety, effective and efficient utilization of resources, productivity, Continuous Improvement initiatives, and teamwork across the site
  • Partner with the Mine Geology team and other Technical areas to provide maximum and efficient technical support to the mine production and operations areas of the site
  • Demonstrate positive two-way communication, fair and consistent administration of Company policies and procedures, and responsiveness to employee concerns
  • Develop and communication site goals and initiatives in cooperation with other site managers
  • Support short interval control, digital and automation initiatives at the Company
  • Responsibilities include mine ventilation, rock mechanics, mine planning and survey

Qualifications/Knowledge/Skills/Experience Required:

  • Leadership qualities including character, teamwork, communication, business sense, and vision
  • Strong ability to coach and mentor others, both peers and subordinates
  • Solid understanding and application of MSHA regulations and compliance
  • Decisive leader with solid organizational and planning skills
  • Degree in Mine Engineering or related Technical degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution
  • Minimum ten years of relevant mining experience, with a mix of mine production and project background with six year in a Technical or Operation leadership role
  • Proficiency in mine engineering systems, cost management, and productivity enhancement
  • Experience in narrow vein underground mining methods
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Proficiency in the preparation of operating and capital budgets
  • Experienced in MS suite package, Deswik, Vulcan, Xeras and database management software