Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Rio Tinto

Posted on:  3rd Apr 2024

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

  • Full-time and permanent career opportunity, providing you with a solid foundation for growth and advancement.
  • An exciting opportunity to leave a lasting impact, making a difference not just for today but for generations to come.
  • Based in Brisbane, you will have the exciting possibility of international travel, allowing you to explore and contribute on a global scale.

About the role

Finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs.

We are looking for a Senior Geotechnical Engineer to support the Geosciences Team in the design, planning and execution of Life of Mine Geotechnical Study programs for Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia.

The role is an exciting opportunity to challenge your geotechnical and project management skills in the Life of Mine design of Oyu Tolgoi, one of the deepest Block Caving mines in the world. The incumbent will be a significant contributor in shaping the future of the Oyu Tolgoi Project during Order of Magnitude Studies through to Feasibility Studies.

We are an open, connected international team of technical specialists using some of the most exciting data and tools on the planet. We are the world leader in automation and smart mining.

We have technical development programmes that are industry-leading and recognise the unique nature of your role. These provide opportunities to grow your career through a dedicated technical path while being rewarded for your unique skills. 

Reporting to the Superintendent Geotechnical Design and working in a challenging and exciting environment within the Geotechnical Design team, you will be:

  • Assisting in the designing, supervision and reviewing ore body knowledge campaigns for input into the rock mass model.
  • Processing, analysis and modeling geotechnical rock mass data to understand the rock mass and its response to mining.
  • Analysis and interpreting of geotechnical monitoring data for the provision of accurate and timely information for all rock mass back analysis for caveability and stability studies.
  • Conducting rock mass assessments / stability assessments and ground support recommendations for incorporation into mine design and planning.
  • Study phase ground support
  • Working closely with other technical and engineering disciplines to develop and implement best practise guidelines in geotechnical engineering, mine design and for purposes of the Life of Mine studies.
  • Conducting geotechnical analysis inclusive of smaller scale numerical
  • Taking part in internal and external review and assurance
  • Supporting Oyu Tolgoi site by providing input into Ground Control Management Plan, Strategic Mine Planning and operating procedures for all geotechnical activities and quality assurance / quality control practices.

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering or
  • At least 5-7 years geotechnical experience in deep and high stress underground mining operations and/or Projects, and/or Life of Mine Experience in Block Caving will be advantageous.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and running ore body knowledge
  • Demonstrated experience in numerical modelling, interpretation of results and communication of risks and opportunities.
  • Experience with underground mine development processes, specifically cave development and construction.
  • Demonstrated communication skills, including an ability to build relationships with both internal stakeholders and external consultants.
  • Excellent writing skills, attention to detail and an ability to problem
  • Exceptional communication skills giving clear recommendations and communications aimed at the right level.

What we offer

Be recognised for your contribution, and your hard work, and go home knowing you’ve helped the world progress.

  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A permanent position working directly for Rio Tinto
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Comprehensive medical benefits including subsidised private health insurance for employees and immediate family
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Company provided insurance cover
  • Extensive salary sacrifice & salary packaging options
  • Career development and education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions
  • Ongoing access to family-friendly health and medical wellbeing support
  • Leave for all of life’s reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave)
  • Exclusive employee discounts (banking, accommodation, cars, retail and more)
  • Possible domestic or international relocation assistance

About Rio Tinto

Rio Tinto is a leading global mining and materials company. We operate in 35 countries where we produce iron ore, copper, aluminium, critical minerals, and other materials needed for the global energy transition and for people, communities, and nations to thrive.

We have been mining for 150 years and operate with knowledge built up across generations and continents. Our purpose is finding better ways to provide the materials the world needs – striving for innovation and continuous improvement to produce materials with low emissions and to the right environmental, social and governance standards. But we can’t do it on our own, so we’re focused on creating partnerships to solve problems, create win-win and meet opportunities.

Where you’ll be working

This role is based in Brisbane and is supporting the ongoing production ramp up of the world’s newest block cave. Oyu Tolgoi LLC, Mongolia’s largest copper and gold mining company, is a strategic partnership between the Government of Mongolia and Rio Tinto.

Located in the South Gobi, Oyu Tolgoi commenced shipment of product to customers in July 2013. Oyu Tolgoi is managed by Rio Tinto, which is investing global expertise and cutting-edge technology to help develop Mongolia’s mining industry and ensure Oyu Tolgoi is one of the world’s most advanced mines. For Oyu Tolgoi, nothing matters more than safety. The business operates under the principle that if a job cannot be done safely, it will not be done at all.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

Applications close on Thursday, 2 May 2024 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date).

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