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Mine Captain - Drilling

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has grown from a small mineral operation in Zambia into a multinational mining business in less than two decades, with a global portfolio of copper and nickel assets in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. This phenomenal growth is down to FQM people who have strived to be Bolder, Smarter and Driven in everything they do.

In March 2013, First Quantum Minerals acquired Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company primarily producing copper and zinc from mines in Finland, Spain and Turkey, with also a major copper deposit under development in Panama, known as Cobre Panama. The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-quality operations and development projects in eight countries across five continents.

With a strategic plan to produce more than 1 million tonnes per annum of copper within five years, the Company is poised to become the largest, widely-held pure-play copper producer and one of the top five copper producers in the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The incumbent will adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations in line with health, safety, environment and quality
  • To co-ordinate and provide the necessary leadership to carry out all activities with respect to the various drilling programs. To co-ordinate the collection of all data to be transmitted back to the base office, and to ensure the correctness, content and quality of such data. To be the custodian and responsible person for the drilling reporting.
  • To supervise the maintenance work of drilling related equipment, in accordance with procedures, to ensure safe and efficient operation.
  • To take prompt action, in the event of an emergency within the drilling package, to safeguard life and minimize damage to properties and any detrimental effect on the environment.
  • Be the go-to expert on all aspects of drilling, re-drilling and predrilling, Bogging, Hauling Systems and Methodologies.
  • Responsible for assessment of all activities and processes related to drilling operations.
  • Answers queries and assists Shift Bosses in handling requests related to drilling operations which includes problem solving and judgment.
  • Discusses short-range drilling plans with the Shift Bosses and other stakeholders to ensure they are realistic and achievable.
  • Monitors equipment availability and assess production priorities based on availability of equipment.
  • May mentor or train less experienced employees on operating standards, procedures and methods.
  • Provides assessment of safety and performance outcomes in coordination with the Shift Bosses and Drilling Superintendent.
  • Provides training, workplace inspection and safety awareness to contractors and other Operations staff as needed.
  • Maintain a positive and close working relationship with other groups in the mine to ensure smooth mining processes.
  • Participate in recommending or executing personnel actions, such as hiring (interviewing), evaluations, promotions and discipline.
  • Perform any other duties as and when assigned by the Superintendent.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Grade 12 Certificate
  • Diploma / Degree in Mine engineering or any Mining related qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Valid Blasting License
  • Valid First Aid certificate
  • Member of EIZ
  • Driving License
  • Minimum of 6-8 years’ work experience in an open pit mining environment.
  • At least 2 Years in senior supervisory role.
  • Conversant with Mining Safety Regulations.
  • Ability to coordinate multiple disciplines within projects to meet customers' specific performance requirements for quality, cost and completion target

How to Apply

Submit your CV and application on company website:

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First Quantum Minerals Ltd
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
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Founded in 1996, this company's operating platform currently consists of seven mines and one copper smelter across six countries: Kansanshi mine in Zambia, Guelb Moghrein in Mauritania, Las Cruces in Spain, Pyhäsalmi in Finland, Ravensthorpe in Australia and Çayeli in Turkey. First Quantum Minerals is uniquely positioned with a successful exploration program, an industry-leading project development track record, tier-one operating assets, an attractive project pipeline and good investment opportunities.