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KGHM International RNMC DRILL & BLAST ENGINEER in Ruth, Nevada

The Drill and Blast (D&B) Engineer is responsible for designing all drilling and blasting patterns in a safe and environmentally responsible manner including meeting production objectives, tracking costs, and assisting with the budgeting process. The D&B Engineer will support and assist short and mid-range mine planning as required. The D&B Engineer will provide technical guidance and support for the Drillers and Blasting Contractor. The position also serves as the Project Manager for the Blasting Contractor.


  1. Previous Work Experience Required • A minimum of 5 years open pit mine experience. • Previous drilling or blasting design experience preferred. • Previous mine operations, drilling operations, blasting operations, or short range planning preferred. 2. Education Required • Minimum bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering, Explosives Engineering or related fields (geology, civil engineering) with a strong emphasis in drilling and blasting. 3. Special Skills and/or Knowledge Required • Excellent analytical, management, organization, communication and problem solving skills. • Willingness to perform multiple and variable responsibilities is required. • The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to work safely and in a team environment and communicate well with others. • Ability to train and mentor others in drilling and blasting design • Ability to use AutoCAD and MineSight planning software • Ability to use Shotplus-I or Shotplus 5, White Seismograph Data Analysis V9+, or equivalent software • Ability to operate seismographs • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: • Promote, and develop as necessary, safe behaviors, work practices and work environments. • Ensure compliance with regulatory agencies including BATFE and MSHA. • Produce daily shot schedule, pattern configuration, blasthole loading design, timing sequence, and equiptment and personnel clearing radius. • Coordination of D&B activities with Mine Engineers, Shift Supervisors, Mine Operations Superintendent, and Mine Operations Manager. • Work closely with the Short Range Planners and Mine Operations Superintendent regarding shot design and sequencing to support the mine plan. • Identify and implement opportunities to improve efficiency of drilling and blasting practices.• Work with the Mine Geology and Ore Control Departments to ensure that blasthole samples are representative and of sufficient size. • Strong assistance in the development of annual drilling an blasting budgets. • Serve as the Project Manager for the blasting contractor, including communication of RNMC policies, accruals and safety audits. • Early morning lineout with Blasting Contractor. Ability to make changes in response to unplanned events.

Compensation & Benefits

Depending upon Experience