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Geotechnical Engineer

Job no: 499291
Work type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Dugald River Mine

We are MMG and we mine for progress.

At MMG, we mine to create wealth for our people, host communities and shareholders.

Working in partnership with our major shareholder – China Minmetals – our vision is to build the world’s most respected mining company.

We are guided by our Code of Conduct and our values of thinking safety first, respecting each other, working together, doing what we say and wanting to be better.

MMG Dugald River:

The mine; Dugald River is fully owned by MMG Limited and is one of the world’s top 10 Zinc operation and is mined underground. Dugald River  has an estimated mine life of 20+ years and is expected to produce around 180,000 – 190,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc concentrate annually. The operation employs around 500 employees and contractors on a mix of fly-in, fly-out and local residential basis. 

Geotechnical Engineer

Reporting to the Senior Geotechnical Engineer, this role is responsible to ensure correct and professional application of geotechnical principles to the planning and operation at Dugald River, so that compliance with Company Standards for Ground Control are achieved and maintained. This role offers an opportunity to provide strategic input to the sustainable operation of Dugald River Mine including providing recommendation for managing risks and hazards associated with LOM design.  The role seeks an intermediate Geotechnical Engineer that is looking to further develop their technical and leadership skills.

The role is available on a FIFO (Brisbane or Townsville) or drive-in drive-out basis (DIDO) from the Cloncurry or Mount Isa Districts. The role will operate on an 8/6 roster. Relocation support will be available for successful candidates who reside outside of one of our point of hires.

Qualifications & Competencies

  • Tertiary qualification in Geotechnical and/or Mining Engineering or Geology with Post-Graduate qualifications in mining rock mechanics.
  • An unwavering commitment to workplace safety.
  • Ability to contribute technical knowledge on the subjects of rock mechanics, numerical modelling, seismicity and ground support systems.
  • Demonstrable underground mining experience, hard rock mining environment is preferred.
  • Strong communication, negotiation and influencing capabilities.
  • Ability to engage stakeholders effectively in technical and operational roles.
  • Strong experience in related geotechnical software packages including Deswik, Rocscience and IMS. MAP3D and/or RS3 skills will be favourable.
  • Applicants with RPEQ certification and/or CPEng experience will be highly regarded.

Key responsibilities will include;

  • Promote a strong compliance to mining regulations, legislation, and company safety objectives relevant to ground control.
  • Identify and manage geotechnical risks and develop systems to monitor and control these risks where required.
  • Provide input into mine planning to ensure excavation designs, pillars, ground support and mining sequences are appropriate.
  • Undertaking geotechnical analysis during the stope note process utilising Rock Mass Classification systems, stereonets, failure mode analysis and numerical modelling.
  • Conducting reviews of stope performance focussing on rock mechanics issues.
  • Undertaking site investigations on rockfalls, rock noise and other geotechnical hazards, and maintaining the relevant databases.
  • Assessing seismic responses to mining and managing seismic hazard.
  • Review and update the Ground Control Management Plan (GCMP).
  • Contribute and strive to achieve compliance to the weekly and monthly schedules with the Mine Technical Services and Operations Teams.
  • Collect and interpret geotechnical data including core logging, rock face mapping and instrumentation.
  • Daily geotechnical operational and design tasks which includes development and production underground inspections, monitoring ground support installation, timely reviewal and approval of development and production plans, and QAQC.
  • Design and provide operational input into backfill plans for mined voids.

What we offer

Remuneration for this role includes a competitive salary package, annual bonus and generous local allowances.

On-site accommodation at Dugald River is provided in fully air-conditioned en-suite rooms and includes meal service and room cleaning. The new village features, communal media facilities including 4G coverage, onsite Medical Centre, sporting facilities, brand new swimming pool and gym facilities.

MMG is committed to supporting our local communities of Cloncurry Shire and Mount Isa City Council Local Government Areas. MMG encourages local residents to apply for opportunities at Dugald River. We also support successful candidates to relocate to the region and provide a generous relocation package. In addition to living allowances for all employees residing in the local community.

MMG also provides the following generous benefits for employees living in the local community of Cloncurry & Mt. Isa

  • Gym/PCYC membership Access to MMG Charter flights to Brisbane and Townsville for family/leisure purposes
  • Financial support for families where children attend boarding school
  • Retention payment for long term Cloncurry residents

As a company, MMG strives for the best in safety, environmental protection, production standards and overall operational excellence. We are an equal opportunity employer who values and respects diversity. We recognise the unique value your contribution makes to the progress of our company and the communities in which we operate. If you share our values and feel that you could make a meaningful difference in this role, please apply online before the application closing date. To know more about MMG please visit our webpage


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Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, MMG is a mid-tier, global producer of base metals including copper and zinc.

MMG is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEx: 1208), and operates and develops copper, zinc and other base metals products across Australia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Peru.

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