Principal Mechanical Engineer - Shafts and Hoisting

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North America


Canada - SK - Saskatoon

Work type

Full Time

Job category

Engineering, Major Projects

Date published

30 May 2019

Date closing

21 June 2019 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success. Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

  • Works directly with EPCM to support and assure their development of basis of design, scopes of work, specifications, technical bid evaluations, and award recommendations.
  • Implement Owner requirements into Hoisting systems designs and Procurement packages including Engineering Standards, Design Criteria, Master Specs, Production plans, and Safety in Design.
  • Work with EPCM and the Operational Readiness team to ensure Master Data requirements are included in the equipment procurement packages.  Evaluate bids accordingly and ensure smooth handover to Operations team.
  • Participates in HAZOP and other risk evaluation sessions with the appropriate parties present for relevant and high quality output.
  • Implements the Functional Safety Management program with Safety and practical hoist management in mind.
  • Support existing hoisting, winching and shaft lining operations.
  • Interface with Mines Inspectors and other Regulatory bodies
  • Implement design to ensure planned hoist availability and reliability for maximum production time.
  • Develop the hoist systems maintenance program with the Asset management and Operational Readiness team.
  • Leads the implementation and monitors effectiveness of improvement initiatives.
  • Identifies and implements capital efficiency and productivity improvements.
  • During Project Execution, support Construction in the fabrication, re-assembly, and commissioning of hoisting systems .
  • Govern the management of change process related to Hoisting Systems and their interfaces

About You

  • A minimum of 10 years of engineering experience and advanced knowledge of multidiscipline engineering and industry standard practices.
  • Superior interpersonal skills to interact and influence consultants and stakeholders.
  • Experience/understanding of Hoisting systems design, operation and maintenance. 
  • Experience designing, manufacturing, integrating, construction and commissioning of hoisting systems for underground potash or soft-rock mining.
  • Experience with oversight, due diligence review, managing or supervising EPCM work in site/construction conditions as well in as in office environments.
  • Experience in utilizing data-centric, 3D model, and digital project delivery tools.
  • Experience working with Regulatory and Permitting agencies.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or Operational experience equivalent.
  • Experience in underground mining operations is required; particularly in Potash or other mineral / soft rock mining operations is preferred.
  • Familiarity with the Design life cycle of equipment such as Specification development, Procurement, Vendor engineering and design approval cycles.
  • Familiarity with Strategic Procurement elements such as standardization, equipment and spares consolidation, and Vendor management.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life.  These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms.  
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