Nevada Copper (TSX:NCU) is a copper producer and owner of the Pumpkin Hollow copper project. Located in Nevada, USA, Pumpkin Hollow has substantial reserves and resources including copper, gold and silver. Its two fully permitted projects include the high-grade underground mine and processing facility, which is now in the production stage, and a large-scale open pit project, which is advancing towards feasibility status.


Job Description

The Senior Mining Engineer is responsible for all mine engineering activities in support of the successful operational readiness and transition to operations of the Pumpkin Hollow Project, as well as development of related engineering standards and processes.

Responsibilities will evolve into a leader of a portion of the Mine Engineering Team, including Engineers and Technicians, covering multiple engineering disciplines.  This position will also provide expert technical guidance for the mine engineering discipline for operations and project works. 

Key interfaces include Nevada Copper Team (Corporate, Management, Technical and Support Staff) and mining related contractors.



The Senior Mining Engineer reports to the Chief Mine Engineer on all aspects of administrative and technical operations.


Responsibilities and Duties

Operations Support:

  • Maintain healthy, open and collaborative relationship with operational groups
  • Coordinate engineering activities to proactively support mine operations
  • Ensure engineering deliverables are provided on-time and in-full to support operations

Technical Support:

  • Provision of expert advise to the operation as well as to technical staff
  • Primary reviewer and approver of all mine engineering work
  • Mentoring of junior staff and other technical staff as required
  • Development and implementation of mine planning, engineering and related systems and standards
  • Ensure short-range plans achieve long-range and / or business objectives
  • Coordination and delivery of monthly and three-month mine plans
  • Ensure timely and quality delivery of level and related mine plans

Technical Work:

  • Development of mine plans as required to support short- and long-term business needs (e.g. 5 year mine plan, Life of Mine plan)
  • Owner of the mine ventilation model
  • Owner of the site mineral finance / cost model
  • Principal supplier of mine engineering inputs for mineral reserve and resource estimates
  • Responsible for delivering monthly production reconciliations
  • Execution of select projects and support of others’ projects
  • Paste and rock backfill planning and related quality assurance / quality control

The above items are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all accountabilities and duties. Other duties required as assigned.



The incumbent must have proficient knowledge in the following areas:

  • Bachelor of Science or advanced degree in Mining Engineering
  • Minimum of ten (10) years’ experience in underground mining environment, preferred
  • Previous mining construction and / or start-up experience well regarded
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer preferred
  • Familiarity with relevant MSHA underground mining specific standards
  • Advanced used of mine planning software (Deswik preferred)
  • Extensive experience in underground mine planning and operations
  • Experienced in long-hole open and sub-level stoping planning, drilling and blasting
  • Experienced in paste and rock backfilling of stopes
  • Mine dewatering and grouting experience
  • In-depth familiarity with CIM and SME mineral reserve and resource reporting standards
  • Development and maintenance of mineral finance / cost models
  • In-depth experience with Integrated Business Planning cycles
  • Material reconciliation experience from the Face to the Mill
  • Mine ventilation experience in hot environments
  • Mining operation in wet and hot environments
  • Exposure to rock mechanics as applicable to underground mining


Skills and Abilities 

The incumbent must demonstrate the following skills:

  • Results- and customer-oriented focus
  • Short-range mine planning, including level planning through to Cut Sheet development
  • Integrated long-range mine planning using mine planning software
  • Strong technical and communication skills
  • Estimation of underground Mineral Reserves and Resources
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Pragmatic and effective analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and active listening skills
  • Ability to facilitate, collaborate and interact with individuals and groups
  • Continuous improvement tools and methodologies


Personal Attributes

The incumbent must demonstrate the following personal attributes:

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
  • Pragmatic and effective analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and active listening skills
  • Ability to facilitate, collaborate and interact with individuals and groups


Physical and Mental Demands and Requirements

The Senior Mining Engineer will work in both an office and field environment.  The incumbent must be able to:

  • Comfortable in underground work environment
  • Lift and carry up to 50 lbs. in weight
  • Legally operate a vehicle typically requiring a Class 4 and/or 5 licenses
  • Periodically work in environmental extremes (i.e. hot or cold weather)
  • Sit for extended periods of time
  • Stay alert during periods of inactivity
  • Walk on uneven and poorly lit ground

 Work Schedule and Personal Protective Equipment

The incumbent will be required to work 40 hour/week schedule, primarily from Monday through Friday. Position may require weekend or evening work depending on organizational and operational requirements for a mine start-up environment.  Ability to work extended hours as operational needs require to support projects.  Personal Protective Equipment required for this position includes, but is not limited to, hard hat, safety glasses, hearing protection and steel-toed boots.



Nevada Copper has some of the best employees in the industry. To retain top talent, we offer some of the best benefits in the industry. Some of the benefits we offer are listed below:

  • Full Benefits package
  • 401k
  • Competitive Compensation Package
  • PTO  
Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.