Mine Shift Supervisor: Highland Valley Copper (closed)
Under the direction of the Senior Foreman, Mine Operations (SFMO), the Mine Shift Supervisor (MSS) is accountable for assigning work and co-supervising production crews of ~75 people to ensure production objectives for ore and waste are realized in a safe and cost effective manner.
Responsibilities for the safety performance and the protection of the environment within the mine operations and services are vested in this incumbent, and he/she is responsible and accountable for the results obtained.
The incumbent assigns the mine operating crews and mine operating equipment in such a fashion as to meet the requirements for mill feed at the prescribed level of stripping in the most productive, safe and cost effective manner.
Under the direction of the SFMO, two MSS work in tandem on each shift; one MSS is responsible for the actual mining in the area designated to him/her, actively supervising the equipment operator crew.
The other MSS is responsible for the manning and control of the truck dispatch system and the control of production levels achieved.
The greatest challenge in each job is to follow the mine plan while maintaining the flexibility to accomplish the supporting project and pit de‐watering work. The incumbents actively participate with the SFMO in reviewing with the crews the shift performance targets and accomplishments in key areas such as safety, productivity, quality control, environmental compliance and costs. The MSS will hold regular safety meetings with the crew, participate in monthly safety tours and regularly inspect all working areas to ensure safe working conditions and practices and to ensure compliance with the Health, Safety and Reclamation Code for B.C. The MSS liaise closely with Mine Maintenance and Mill Operating personnel to ensure that production targets for tonnes, head grade equipment utilization, and ore blending are achieved.
Under the direction of the SFMO the MSS participate in the blasting procedure to ensure the proper conduct of explosive blasting within the pit, following the prescribed methods.
The MSS work closely with the Training Supervisors to ensure that there are sufficient operators trained to fill all the requirements safely and efficiently, evaluating the performance of trainees and conducting training sessions as required.
The incumbents administer the collective agreement, company policies, safety and mines regulations, and environmental regulations in accordance with company practices. The MSS work closely with Industrial Relations Department, administer discipline and make the final decision regarding suspension or discharge.
There are eight Mine Shift Foremen, two per production crew, reporting to a Senior Foreman, Mine Operations.
Reporting to the two Shift Supervisors are crews of approximately 75 hourly union employees engaged in loading and hauling ore and waste rock, pit and road maintenance, and maintenance of waste dumps.
- Promote a work place environment which supports safe and efficient behavior on the job and an awareness of an compliance with environmental, safety, engineering, and Mine Act requirements;
- Schedule Operators and equipment to achieve production targets for tonnes, grade, stripping, equipment utilization in a safe, environmentally sound, and cost effective fashion, all in accordance with good mining practices;
- Measure the performance of his/her crew in achieving key operating targets such as safety, attendance, productivity, quality control, environmental compliance, and cost control improving the effectiveness of the crew by communicating the results to his/her crew and supervisor;
- Coordinate Mine Operations activities with Maintenance and Mill operations personnel to optimize productivity, ore blending, and cost control;Communicate with the Senior Foreman, Mine Operations to ensure that the operators on the shift are trained to meet all the requirements safely and productively;
- Administer the collective agreement, safety and mine regulations and environmental regulations in a manner consistent with Company policies and procedures;
- Keep records of all aspects of production achieved on his/her shift per the daily shift log, as well as special reports when required;
- Control movement of machinery within the pit through the dispatch system;
- Participate with the Senior Foreman, Mine Operations in the detailed planning and setup for the next shift;
- Measure the performance of his/her crew in achieving key targets in safety and ensure that all employees know, understand and comply with all safety rules and policies and be held accountable for the safety performance and statistics generated through his/her efforts; and
- Work under the direction of the Senior Foreman, Mine Operations to maintain the pit dewatering system.
The ideal candidate will possess the following:
- An engineering or related technical Bachelor degree, preferably in Mining, Civil, Mechanical, Chemical, Geology, etc.;
- 2-5 years experience in operations or in technical/engineering functions in a mining environment;
- Certificates of competency in First Aid, Mine Rescue and Blasting;
- A valid Shift Boss certificate from the BC Department of Mines;
- The ability to qualify for a Professional Engineer designation; and
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
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