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Geotechnical Engineer

Date:  May 14, 2022

Tanami, NT, AU (Australia)


At Newmont, our purpose is to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining. One of the largest gold companies in the world, we pride ourselves on our dedication to safety, environmental management, inclusion and diversity, and adding value and opportunity to our host communities.

Newmont Tanami is on Aboriginal freehold land 540km northwest of Alice Springs. It is a long-life, low-cost, world-class asset in a core Newmont region. The Tanami Expansion 2 project, aims to extend the mine life beyond 2040, investing in a hoisting shaft which will increase the production of the underground mine from 2.6 Mtpa to 3.2 Mtpa.  Both the successful exploration within the underground operation and implementation of the first Tanami Expansion has laid the foundation to further develop the operation to remain a major contributor to the Newmont portfolio. A fully equipped camp is located 40km from the site offering modern leisure facilities for those flying in from Perth, Brisbane, Alice Springs or Darwin.

About The Role:

We are seeking enthusiastic, progressive and practically minded Geotechnical Engineers to join our passionate and diverse Geotechnical team at Tanami. Reporting to the Senior Geotechnical Engineer, you will be responsible for a wide range of Geotechnical tasks associated with large sub-level open stope mining with pastefill. The role will involve numerical modelling, analysing data from various sources, and assessing stopes and other excavations for stability. As a more senior member of the team, you will also play a role in mentoring and assisting more junior engineers working with you. You will develop and maintain strong working relationship with the Mining Operations and the Technical Services teams to maintain and further develop a culture of co-operation and team work between the disciplines. You will be actively engaged in the underground operation, managing daily geotechnical tasks to support safe, efficient and economic mine production. You will execute your responsibilities outlined in the Ground Control Management Plan & Ground Support Standards, as well as actively participate in mine scheduling activities. In this dynamic role, you will work actively with Technical Services and Mining to complete designs, and implement them.

Tanami is an expanding, world-class operation. The Geotechnical team is lead by a Geotechnical & Backfill Superintendent. The team is enthusiastic to maintain high standards, to continue to grow, and to use new technology and methods. As Tanami is mining deeper there will be new challenges and a continuous evolving Geotechnical response.

The role is based in Tanami and offers an 8/6 FIFO roster from Perth, Brisbane, Darwin & Alice Springs.

In this Role, You Will:

  • Be a team player with a positive attitude, showing both accuracy and urgency in your work.
  • Interaction and engagement with mine Operations and Projects teams to ensure the implementation of Geotechnical designs and ground control initiatives;
  • Geotechnical operational & design tasks including underground inspections, data collection, monitoring, reviewing and approving development and production designs,
  • Provide timely Geotechnical design reports, with the focus on geotechnical stope designs. Numerical modelling as input into designs, and monitoring the performance of stopes and other designs, flowing into reconciliation and back analysis of performance.
  • Actively identify and manage geotechnical risks and the development of systems to monitor and manage these
  • Actively participate in weekly, monthly and quarterly schedules with Technical Services and Operations teams
  • Completion of site investigations of rockfall, rock noise and geotechnical hazards;
  • Update and report on rock falls, seismicity and other databases

Your Skills, Training & Experience Checklist:

  • History of strong performance in an underground mine working with diverse teams.
  • Ability to provide technical knowledge with excellent communication skills
  • Tertiary qualification in Geotechnical, Civil or Mining Engineering / Geology / Engineering Geology with Geotechnical;
  • Strong knowledge of Deswik, Vulcan and Rocscience™ suite, or similar. MAP3D and/or Flac3D skills are required.
  • Experience predominantly in underground Geotechnical Engineering, including operational experience.
  • To be considered for this role, you must be able to meet the site access requirements by having a current driver’s license, passing a police clearance and pre-employment medical.


Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that allows every person to thrive, participate, grow, and proudly play an active role in achieving our strategy.


Newmont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to recruiting, hiring, placing and promoting the best individual for each position without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, social and indigenous origin, religion or belief, disability, age, sexual orientation, etc.


We invite women and applicants with diverse backgrounds to apply, particularly persons of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island descent. Newmont acknowledges Aboriginal people as the first Australians and respects their unique relationship with the land and sea, their culture, spiritual tradition and stories.


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