24 Feb 2024

Full Time Drill and Blast Engineer at B2GOLD NAMIBIA

B2GOLD NAMIBIA – Posted by o4na@ Otjiwarongo

Job Description

Drill and Blast Engineer (Underground)

Listing reference: b2gld_000172
Listing status: Online
Apply by: 6 March 2024
Position summary
Industry: Mining & Quarrying
Job category: Other: Mining
Location: Otjiwarongo
Contract: Permanent
Remuneration: N/A
EE position: Yes
The Drill and Blast Engineer (Underground) will be responsible for compiling optimum drill and blast designs to achieve production and mining efficiency.
Job description



Duties and Responsibilities
  • Design and optimise stopes based on diamond drilling results, operational and geotechnical factors.
  • Compile the relevant ring designs for each stope based on stope design, drilling equipment, hole size and agreed upon burden and spacing to achieve designed powder factors and fragmentation.
  • Compile loading layouts for most efficient loading and recovery of broken material.
  • Design of stope and miscellaneous charge plans to maintain minimal dilution and maximum recovery.
  • Review and communicate any issues relating to drilling accuracy which can affect blasting results.
  •  Compare actual excavations to design and identify deviations and causes and minimise these through appropriate interventions or design changes.
  •  Do periodic (weekly, monthly) and systematic analysis of drill and blast data in order to identify, analyse and improve production efficiencies.
  • Maintain the Stope Metrics Master Sheet data entries and investigate any abnormalities in Powder Factor, under break, over break and Recovery.

Safety, Health and Environment

  • Ensure compliance with all B2Gold Safety, Health and Environmental policies and procedures.
  • Comply with the Namibian Mining Act (Labour Act, Ordinance, Minerals Act, and Explosives Act) and Regulation clauses applicable to the work area.
  • Actively participate in safety and/or toolbox meetings and conduct a monthly safety inspection of the work area based on the schedule set.
  • Actively participate in safety and/or toolbox meetings and conduct a monthly safety inspection of the work area based on the schedule set by Management.


Minimum requirements


  • Minimum Hons. Degree in Mining Engineering (NQF level 8)
  • Underground blasting certificate
  • Minimum 5 years of experience as a mining engineer in an underground, mechanized hard rock environment
  • Previous experience with Long hole Open Stopping as well as Cut and Fill mining methods
  • Experience with cemented rock fill will be an added advantage
  • Valid Code BE driver’s licence
  • Good knowledge of mine design software in a 3D environment such as Deswik or Vulcan
  • Women and persons from marginalised communities are encouraged to apply

How to Apply

Closing date: March 06, 2024  


Job Categories: Engineering Jobs. Job Types: Full Time.


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