Mine Engineer

Date: Nov 3, 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

Responsible for carrying out a full range of engineering functions including, but not limited to: short-range mine planning, pit design, equipment analysis and production reporting. Will have direct involvement and communication with staff from other departments.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide short-term mine plans, production schedules, and communicate to stakeholders.
  • Perform reconciliation to the short term plans and identify areas for improvement. 
  • Identify risks (equipment reliability, man-power, grade, crusher/mill reliability, etc.) and opportunities that may impact the mine plans.
  • Use pit and phase designs to generate short-range mine plans that accurately predict mining progress by period.
  • Design intermediate pit phases based on geological block model and others constraints such as mining limitations, slope design criteria, topography, and facility location.
  • Design waste dumps, stockpiles, access roads, ramps, and other mine site facilities.
  • Confirm that pit designs are properly implemented in the field.
  • Maintain accurate records and files including Key Performance Indicators for Mining.
  • Consistent exercise of discretion and judgment in job performance.
  • Punctuality and regular attendance is required.
  • Meet or exceed established performance expectations set by management.
  • Compliance with all company policies and procedures including, but not limited to, safety, confidentiality, and environmental policies.
  • Work safely in all areas, identify potential safety hazards, and work with management to correct them.
  • Work without significant risk of harm to self and others.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science in mining engineering required.
  • Minimum of two years of experience in mine engineering or related discipline preferred.
  • Knowledge of engineering techniques as they apply to pit design, mine planning and equipment analysis required.
  • General understanding of open-pit mining operations, milling operations and mine maintenance.
  • Working knowledge and skill with P.C. utilizing word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software. 
  • Experience with MineSight and AutoCAD preferred.
  • Must have solid verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a self-starter with the ability to work independently and with others in a team environment.
  • May work holidays, shift work, and weekends as required.

Reporting Relationships

Reports to the Prinicipal Mine Engineer

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).