Graduate Officer, Strata Control

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Job description:

Overall Job Purpose

Responsible and accountable for providing strata control services and support to the Mining Operations Department to ensure safety and optimal ore extraction.

They implement and apply strata control measures within the assigned area of the business.

Specific Job Responsibility

  • Develop geotechnical skills by working through the development program.
  • Conduct slope performance audits
  • Gathering pit geotechnical data and information through mapping and logging
  • Installation, maintenance and management of slope stability monitoring devices
  • Observing and determining geology and mining practices / conditions
  • Identifying potential bench failure modes (kinematic analyses in Dips)
  • Overseeing and reviewing the tasks and activities of the Rock Engineering Observers
  • Investigating slope instability issues
  • Capturing and representing data and information in line with organisational and stakeholder requirements
  • Accurate and timeous reporting of data and information
  • Recommending on the safety and productivity of the mining environment
  • Adherence to rock engineering practices and principles
  • Adherence to standardisation requirements, policies, procedures and operating standards related to strata control services and support
  • Resolving or escalating operational strata control related queries or breakdowns declared
  • Reviewing and analysing effectiveness of operational strata control processes
  • Reviewing strata control data and information
  • Participating in the identification of defects and improvement opportunities
  • Improving strata control processes
  • Successful teamwork and collaboration with stakeholders
  • Coaching and on-the-job training to Rock Engineering Observers
  • Adherence to organisational and legislative safety requirements


Qualifications & Experience

  • No Experience, Experience in the open pit mining environment is an added advantage
  • Practical knowledge within the mining industry
  • Grade 12 certificate with Maths and Science
  • Blasting Licence may be advantageous
  • SADC Driver’s License
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering or Civil Engineering

Job Specific Competencies

  • Intermediate computer skills (Microsoft Office)
  • Data interpretation
  • Data representation and presentation
  • Factual reasoning
  • Able to visualise and conceptualise 3D drawings and pit layouts
  • Decision making
  • Report writing skills
  • Planning and organising
  • Time management
  • Prioritising
  • Multi-tasking
  • Analytical thinking
  • Conceptual thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Cross-discipline integration
  • Problem solving skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Speed, accuracy and precision


Key Job Attributes

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Good interpersonal ability
  • Good communication (verbal and written)
  • Coaching ability
  • Stakeholder orientation
  • Able to engage with stakeholders at all levels
  • Self-starter
  • Procedural
  • Pragmatic
  • Good judgment
  • Professionalism
  • Enthusiastic
  • Assertive and confident
  • Motivated and passionate
  • Reliable
  • Goal oriented
  • Disciplined

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