Drill & Blast Engineer ( Underground / Mining / Safety / Data Analysis ) – Windhoek, Namibia

Western Africa
Posted 5 months ago

Reference No. LB76

Our client is seeking a Drill and Blast Engineer whose role will be for compiling optimum drill and blast designs to achieve production and mining efficiency and will report directly to the Senior Mine Engineer.



  • Design and optimise stopes based on diamond drilling results and 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 the 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 drill and blast data analysis 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.
  • Ensure compliance with all company 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.

Requirements: Qualification and Skill

  • Minimum five years of experience as a mining engineer in an underground, mechanised hard rock environment
  • Minimum Hons. Degree in Mining Engineering (NQF level 8)
  • Underground blasting certificate
  • 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
  • Good knowledge of mine design software in a 3D environment such as Deswik or Vulcan

Benefits and Contractual information:

  • Full range of benefits
  • Competitive remuneration package
  • Permanent employment opportunity


If you wish to apply for the position please send your CV to Lucia Baeza at lbaeza@camining.com


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Lucia Baeza

Executive Talent Consultant

CA Mining


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