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Senior Drill & Blast Engineer

Kershaw, SC

Posted: 03/20/2019 Employment Type: Direct Hire Function: Engineering Job Number: 18012 Pay Rate: Open to Market (Base Depends on Experience)

Senior Drill & Blast Engineer

Position Type: Direct Hire

Position Location: Kershaw, SC

Position Salary: Open to Market (Base Depends on Experience)

Position Rotation: 5/2 Dayshift


  • Provide technical support to the Mining Department on day to day mining operations.
  • Design, Plan, monitor and report on all Drill & Blast activities to insure a productive and efficient mining operation while maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Ensure that all functions are completed in a timely, professional and safe manner.
  • Produce accurate Drill & Blast Designs in a timely manner, as defined by the Monthly and Weekly Plans.
  • Provide Drill & Blast input for the Daily, Weekly and Monthly mine plan
  • Undertake Drill and Blast related project studies and investigations.
  • Review final and interim mine designs for operational effectiveness and safety
  • Monitor and Report on the Drill & Blast Performance
  • Provide drill and blast engineering services including blast hole pattern design, initiation timing and charge design.
  • Ensure Drill & Blast designs are prepared for the next two weeks of production
  • Ensure Blast Masters for the next six weeks are developed in accordance with the monthly plan.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of procedures that optimize the drill and blast process
  • Resolve Drill and Blast technical problem
  • Prepare, monitor and update production data associated with drilling and blasting activities. Review Quality Control data, productivity and videos to determine areas of further improvement.
  • Review and analyse Shot Reports identifying trends and areas of improvement
  • Ensure that Drill and blast operations are carried out in a cost-effective manner.
  • Liaise with consultant and specialist suppliers as required.
  • Inspect drill and blast work areas monthly
  • Consult and develop a close working relationship with the Geotechnical Engineer in order to optimize pit wall stability
  • Mentor and up skill junior mine engineering staff, interns.
  • Develop a sense of continuous improvement, seek to streamline drill and blast process to increase productivity, quality and compliance.
  • Complies with all safety requirements and observes all company policies and procedures.
  • Carries out all other duties that may reasonably be required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum 8-10 years of production experience in a hardrock mining environment 
  • Eligibility for membership of a professional body desirable.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with complex problems, including both definition of the problem and generation and evaluation of solutions.
  • Excellent planning and organizational skills, including goal setting, group performance monitoring and the ability to modify priorities where necessary to achieve these goals.
  • The ability to decide from a range of competing options where the outcomes are not entirely predictable.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, and the ability to convince others to co-operate and contribute.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills, and the ability to convince others to co-operate and contribute.
  • Advanced numerical analysis and reasoning skills.
  • Production of a satisfactory security clearance.

Physical Requirements:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, sit, demonstrate manual dexterity, climb stairs, talk, hear and see.
  • Work is in a surface mine plant setting, which may include exposure to extremes in temperature and humidity.
  • Personal protective equipment is required when performing work in a mine environment, including hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, safety footwear, and as needed, respirator, rubber steel-toe boots, protective clothing, gloves and any other protective equipment as required.


  • Full Benefits (Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 401K
  • PTO

Due to the high volume of applications we typically receive, we regret that we are not able to personally respond to all applications. However, if you are invited to take the next step in the process, you will typically be contacted within 3 weeks of submitting your application


Daniel Heidrick
Recruiter - Murray Technical

Specializing in placing talent in Engineering, Manufacturing, and Operations roles.

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