Assay/Fire Technician

Date: Nov 23, 2022

Location: Fairbanks, Alaska, USA

Company: Kinross Gold Corporation

Located approximately 26 miles from the City of Fairbanks, Fort Knox is a centre of excellence for the Company as one of the few cold weather heap leach facilities in the world. Fort Knox celebrated its 25-year anniversary in 2021, and has produced over 8.5 million ounces since it began operation. In 2020, Kinross acquired Manh Choh – a project expected to commence production in 2024 and process ore at Fort Knox.

Fort Knox prioritizes being a strong contributor to the State and local communities, and since 2001, has helped support more than 300 community partners and has contributed more than US$25 million to the Alaska Mental Health Trust.

Job Description

Perform routine preparation of samples (solutions, carbons, drill holes, etc.) provided by the Mill and Mine departments. Sample preparation includes crushing, splitting, and pulverization. Responsible for logging in samples with a bar-code reader and maintaining proper organization. Perform quality control check on equipment. Perform routine analyses including sample preparation, weighing ore samples, and fire assaying. Participate in lab work assignments in order to safely and efficiently complete fire assay tasks. Responsible for pre-shift inspection of work area and equipment. All work is performed in accordance with instruction given by supervisor, to whom the employee is expected to refer all problems; is expected to carry out assignments free of constant direct supervision.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for using lab computers to input blasthole information to organize samples/sample envelopes and maintain sample integrity as well as production data for daily and monthly reports.
  • Responsible for employing the most appropriate designed sampling methods to obtain a sample that is representative of the original sample or blasthole.
  • Responsible for performing analyses of ore and mill samples by routine fire assay methods.
  • Responsible for maintaining a clean work area.
  • Responsible for cleaning and performing maintenance tasks on equipment that is within the scope training and abilities.
  • Responsible for inputting information into the lab computers and maintaining other documents as needed.
  • Recommend procedural changes and process adjustments to meet quality control requirements.
  • Perform analyses for special projects submitted by other departments.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance are required.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including but not limited to safety, confidentiality and environmental policies.
  • Work safely in all areas and identify potential safety hazards and work with management to correct them.
  • Handle chemicals and reagents in accordance with the procedures and manuals.
  • Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license issued by the state.
  • Work without significant risk of harm to self and others.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred. Employees must have sufficient education to read and write instructions, perform simple mathematical calculations and keep records.
  • Strong math and chemistry background preferred.
  • Problem solving and analytical ability necessary.
  • Previous lab experience preferred but not required.
  • Solid verbal and written communication, problem solving, and analytical skills are highly recommended.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work with others in a team environment.
  • Must be available for shift work, overtime, holidays, and weekends.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to Senior Lab Supervisor

Language Requirements


Travel Requirements

Travel not required, only exceptionally

Kinross is a Canadian-based global senior gold mining company with operations and projects in the United States, Brazil, Mauritania, Chile, and Canada. Our focus on delivering value is based on our core principles of responsible mining, operational excellence, disciplined growth and balance sheet strength. Kinross maintains listings on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol:K) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:KGC).