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Principal Rock Mechanic

Date:  Nov 20, 2021

Thunder Bay, ON, CA (Canada)

Newmont is the world’s leading gold company and a producer of copper, silver, zinc and lead. The Company’s world-class portfolio of assets, prospects and talent is anchored in favorable mining jurisdictions in North America, South America, Australia and Africa. Newmont is the only gold producer listed in the S&P 500 Index and is widely recognized for its principled environmental, social and governance practices. The Company is an industry leader in value creation, supported by robust safety standards, superior execution and technical proficiency. Newmont was founded in 1921 and has been publicly traded since 1925.

Principal Rock Mechanic

  • We are seeking a Principal Rock Mechanic reporting directly to the Technical Services Manager. This position is based at Musselwhite Mine in northwestern Ontario. A fly-in, fly‑out operation on the southern shore of Opapimiskan Lake, located about 480 kilometers (km) north of Thunder Bay in North West Ontario. The cost of transportation is fully covered to and from Thunder Bay airport, accommodations and meals are also provided during shifts at the mine site.


  • Supervise/Lead a team of geotechnical personnel. (and every responsibility that comes with supervising a small team of tech personnel)
  • Review and recommend stope sizes, shapes and sequencing, with significant input to the production schedule
  • Conduct numerical models and interpret outcomes to determine and estimate future rockmass behaviour
  • Update, maintain and analyze the stress model of the mine
  • Review and update ground control policies
  • Liaise with operations and make ground support recommendations 
  • Collection and analysis of data relating to strength, stability and stress regime of rock mass
  • Work on continuous improvements projects within the Rock Mechanics group
  • Maintain, optimise and expand the ESG microseismic system including interpretation and analysis of data


  • B.Sc. Degree in Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering 
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in Rock Mechanics
  • Expert in installation and operation of ground control instrumentation
  • Project coordination and project costing experience would be an asset
  • Demonstrated ability to develop practical, safe and cost-effective solutions    
  • Proficiency in 3D numerical modelling computer software (Map3D)
  • Familiarity with Deswik CAD would be advantageous 
  • Some supervisory experience would be an asset
  • Excellent communication skills (oral, written, listening)
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills
  • Ability to positively interact with co-workers and team members
  • Ability to work with a diverse mix of cultures
  • The preferable schedule for this position is 4 days on 3 days off, working 12 hours day.
  • Candidates willing to relocate (Relocation costs covered)


Salary and Benefits

  • The salary range offered for this role is CAD 113,000.00  to CAD 138,000.00. The salary range is tied to the Ontario market for jobs performed in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The salary offer to the successful candidate will be based on job-related education, training, and/or experience.   
  • This role is eligible for participation in a discretionary short-term incentive program, pursuant to which an employee may be awarded a percentage of their salary based on the company’s performance and their own individual performance.
  • This role is eligible to participate in group benefits plans such as life insurance and pension plan, extended medical, dental, disability, and vision.
  • All bonuses and benefits are subject to the applicable eligibility and program/plan terms and may be modified or terminated at Newmont’s sole discretion.

As an equal opportunity employer, Newmont is committed to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. 
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. 

This position is based at Newmont’s Musselwhite mine site, which is a fly-in/fly-out operation.  Pursuant to the Government of Canada’s vaccine requirement for travel, COVID-19 vaccination is required for all travelers departing from Canadian airports, which includes flights to/from Newmont’s Musselwhite mine site, subject only to some very limited exemptions.  Accordingly, if you receive an offer of employment for this position, you will be required to provide a declaration confirming that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or confirming that you have an exemption from the Government of Canada’s vaccine requirement for travel, prior to your anticipated start date.  Further, if you receive an offer of employment for this position, you may also be required to provide proof of vaccination or exemption status prior to your anticipated start date, or at a later date upon Newmont’s request.