Principal Ventilation Engineer | Olympic Dam | FIFO or Resi

Date:  20 Nov 2023
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Job State/Province:  South Australia
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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


This role is a permanent position offering flexibility to FIFO from Adelaide, or residential options on a variety of potential rosters to meet the role requirements and lifestyle of the individual.


The Principal / Senior / Lead Mine Ventilation Engineer is responsible for the tactical and strategic mine ventilation across a number of planning horizons for one of the largest and complex underground ventilation circuits in the world.


It provides technical ventilation support, and operational guidance to Mine Planning and Design, Ventilation Planning and Ventilation Execution Teams with a focus on the overall mine ventilation system, underground environment and its impacts on safety, production, cost, and achievement of the mine plan at Olympic Dam Operations.


Key Responsibilities Include:


  • Ensuring that all legislative, internal, and best practice standards are met with respect to ventilation planning and OH&S.
  • Education and coaching of personnel to improve understanding of ventilation systems, plans, and practices.
  • Timely delivery and review of ventilation plans for development, production, and project activities, complying with legislative and internal standards.
  • Consultation in monthly, stope & mine block, and 2YB/5YP planning processes with attention to safety, schedule, reliability and costs.
  • Liaising between stakeholders to support a comprehensive integrated mine plan.
  • Integration of associated planning and schedule software to support operations.
  • Contribute / Subject Matter Expert to Ventilation modelling and major projects (e.g. Circuit performance optimisation, Ventsim model calibration, Ventilation system surveys).
  • Quarterly and monthly monitoring and reporting on health & performance of ventilation circuits.
  • Demonstrate an overriding commitment to health, safety, environmental responsibility and sustainable development.


About You


  • Tertiary/Technical qualifications in Mining, Civil, Electrical or other relevant engineering field, in which a substantial component of the curriculum was in ventilation engineering.
  • Experience in mine or project scheduling is highly desirable.
  • Competency in mine ventilation and design software platforms (VentSim, Deswik, MS Office).
  • Ability to interpret limited measured / monitoring data, identify potential issues and causes of change, and develop processes to validate assumptions.
  • Able to develop preferred and alternate ventilation strategies, identify and escalate potential risks and mitigating actions.
  • Excellent communication skills including the ability to influence others, communicate complex concepts, and document clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to operate across disciplines where required.
  • Experience in Mine Ventilation (e.g. ventilation execution, ventilation planning / scheduling, ventilation officer) is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems with minimal direction.



About Our Process 


At BHP, we are committed to employing individuals who align with the BHP Charter Values and meet the requirements of the role. As part of the recruitment process, there are a number of checks which may be conducted to demonstrate applicants suitability for a role including police / criminal background checks, medical, drug and alcohol testing, due diligence checks, right to work checks, and/or reference checks. 

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Supporting a Diverse Workforce  

The size, stability and magnitude of our business not only provides significant opportunity for professional development, but also attractive salary packages with performance-based bonuses and a best-in-class employee share program. 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.  

At BHP, we know that we are strengthened by diversity. We are an Equal Opportunity employer that is committed to making BHP a safe and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive and be at their best every day. We are focused on creating a workforce that’s more diverse and represents the communities where we work and live. providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and recognise that true diversity includes gender, age, race, disability status, sexual orientation, religion, neurodiversity, education levels, and many more aspects of your identity.

BHP is committed to providing a recruitment process that is fair, equitable and accessible for all. If you have a disability, we know that it may be helpful for us to adjust our process to make it equitable for your individual situation. If you would like to reach out to someone about your situation and our recruitment process, please email us at [email protected].