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Senior Underground Geotechnical Engineer

Vacancy number • PUB407547

Senior Underground Geotechnical Engineer

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Closes May 3
  • 84 hours
  • Professional Bachelor

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About this job

  • Market: Energy
  • Industry: Mining
  • Area of expertise: Exploration & Geosciences
  • Location: Papua New Guinea

What is required?

  • Hours per week: 84
  • Education level: Professional Bachelor
  • Closing date: Friday, May 3, 2024


Brunel Papua New Guinea are recruiting for a Senior Underground Geotechnical Engineer to join our team. Reporting to the Technical Services Manager the purpose of this role is responsible for conducting detailed visual inspections underground to identify rock hazards, provide expert recommendations, and monitor the performance of excavations. This role requires a thorough understanding of underground mining methods, the ability to work in challenging underground environments and must demonstrate a strong commitment to safety. This is a 24-month contract opportunity with FIFO benefits and offering competitive salary. 21 days on/ 14 days off roster with 12-hour days. Commencement date is as soon as possible.

About this role

Key Responsibilities will include:

  • Perform independent and thorough visual inspections of underground mining activities to identify potential rock hazards.
  • Provide professional recommendations and monitor the performance of mining excavations.
  • Develop geotechnical guidelines for use by Long Term Planning Engineers and Geologists to ensure stope designs take into account all structural evaluations and failure mechanisms.
  • Develop geotechnical models of all stope designs. Initiate any necessary design changes and approve all final designs from a geotechnical perspective.
  • Adhere to and enforce Ground Control standards, maintaining a robust ground support QA/QC program, including rockbolt pull-testing and assessing the unconfined compressive strength (UCS) of shotcrete and paste backfill.
  • Design ground support systems by utilizing rock mechanics properties when required.
  • Collect, analyze, and report geotechnical monitoring data, managing relevant databases effectively.
  • Contribute to the review and advisory process for mine and stope designs.
  • Facilitate ground control safety training programs for personnel.
  • Supervise consultants and contractors as needed to ensure compliance with geotechnical specifications.
  • Conduct geotechnical mapping underground and core logging for drill programs periodically.

What you need to bring:

  • A Bachelor of Science Degree in Mining Engineering, Geological Engineering, or Geology is essential
  • A minimum of 10 years underground geotechnical experience, with a focus on geotechnical design
  • Proficiency with rock mass classification systems, geotechnical analysis, structural mapping, ground support design, and underground mining QA/QC programs.
  • Experience with geotechnical software packages is highly desirable.
  • Strong understanding of underground mining methods and geotechnical considerations.
  • Excellent problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in confined and challenging underground environments.
  • Strong report writing skills


  • FIFO roster 21 days on/ 14 days off
  • Ensuite style accommodation/ good security onsite/ Gym/ full medical facilities onsite
  • Attractive Daily rate on offer
  • Opportunities for career advancement and professional development

Anything Else?

Brunel is a recruitment and flexible workforce solution provider which connects talented people with opportunities throughout Papua New Guinea. We specialise in highly skilled roles across a variety of technical, professional, trades and craft disciplines, pairing candidates with industry-leading projects and organisations on a contract or permanent.
Operating in Papua New Guinea since 2008, Brunel has their major bases in Brisbane and Port Moresby, which are further backed by the strength and reach of a truly global network spanning over 45 countries, 120 offices and 45 years of successful operation.

Are you ready for the next step in your career? Join Brunel’s powerful global network, where passionate, results-driven specialists come together with industry-leading clients. By connecting specialists to pioneering projects, we drive change in many industries, enabling growth and delivering great outcomes. Brunel helps you reach your full potential and empowers you to make an impact within a purpose-driven global company.
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At Brunel, we are proud of our unique corporate culture, which is shaped and nurtured by the collective efforts of our employees. Our work environment is characterised by an authentic, communicative and inclusive approach to teamwork that fosters an atmosphere of collaboration and creativity. Our values are at the center of everything we do – for our clients, our colleagues and ourselves.

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Since 1975, our mission has always been to connect specialists to exciting career opportunities, to support the development of these careers, and to offer fair and equal employment. This has enabled us to create a truly sustainable and durable business model. Having a passion for people and caring deeply for the environment is not only part of Brunel’s DNA but is also reflected in our culture and values. As a global company, we take our social responsibility very seriously.
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Any questions remaining?

Your consultant, Wilfred Kochannek is happy to clarify anything about this vacancy. When reaching out, use this number: PUB407547