Spirit Omega Inc.

Engineer - Senior Shovel Planner

Spirit Omega - Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada - Contracted

Job Reference #: 35290

Company Overview

Do you want to work with one of Canada’s top oil and gas companies represented by an award-winning staffing agency? Look no further and join the Spirit circle today!

Our well established Oil and Gas client is seeking a experienced Engineer - Senior Shovel Planner at Kearl Oil Sands, AB.

What's in it for you?

  • Work with one of Canada's "Top 100 Employers," with possibility of extension or permanent placement.
  • Numbers of positions: 2
  • Term (start and end date): February, 2022 to February 10, 2023.
  • Work Schedule: 14 days on / 14 days off 
  • Competitive Compensation and Benefits.
  • Representation by an award-winning staffing agency that takes pride in our personalized approach to staffing, ensuring you are a valued member of the team - not just a number.

Main Functions

The role primarily focuses developing, communicating and implementing the in-pit production portions of the daily and weekly mine plans while training junior engineers. Acting as the central point for multiple departments the work is dynamic and fast paced, involving exposure to both Operations and Mine Technical.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Our client is currently looking for Senior Mining Engineers to support the Kearl Asset as part of the site based Short Range Mine Technical Team. The position of “Senior Shovel Planner” will be based at the Kearl Mine Site working a 14 days on and 14 days off fly in-fly out schedule.

Responsibilities include:

  • Producing and communicating the daily and weekly mine plans using inputs from Mine Operations, the 2-week Schedulers and the 3 Month Plan.
  • Regular pit tours with Mine Operations to problem solve, gain alignment and drive successful execution of the Mine Plan.
  • Mentoring of the junior planners.
  • Ensuring that plans meet Alberta Mines Act and Imperial Oil Safety Standards.
  • Collaborating with Geotechnical Engineers to identify and address areas of concern for stability, including pit highwalls, dig faces, and stockpiles.
  • Providing consistent ore feed at the correct volumes and grades to the processing plants.
  • Collaborating with the Civil Planners to coordinate road construction, dewatering, and other mine progression activities.
  • Optimizing shovel bench designs and developing strategies for mining challenging geology.
  • Optimizing pit and bench accesses to maximize haulage productivity.
  • Collaborating with Waste Planners and Geologists to support the construction of In-Pit Structures and material balancing for the dumps.
  • Ensuring that the required data is created and uploaded into the mine dispatch systems.
  • Managing survey requests and work priorities.

Skills and Qualifications:

Academic: Bachelor Degree in Mining Engineering or related fields.

Other accountabilities involve continuous improvement to current work practices and ensuring alignment across functions through appropriate change management and communication processes. As well as producing high standard technical deliverables and providing recommendations in various functions across the organization.  A successful candidate will have strong communication skills and the ability to prioritize work. Previous experience in open pit mining operations and mine planning are essential. The ability to collaborate across multiple disciplines within both Mine Technical and Mine Operations is required. Prior knowledge of Deswik will be an asset. 


  • Minimum of 10-15 years surface mine experience is required, including but not limited to; mine operations support and execution planning, modeling and design, material balances and mine scheduling, haulage optimization, civil projects, dewatering and tailings.
  • Must demonstrate safety leadership.
  • Previous field experience in active mine operations is required.
  • Must be willing to work remotely on rotation in a fly in/out operations (14 days on shift and 14 days off shift); camp provided, air travel provided from Calgary or Edmonton or bus transportation from Fort McMurray.
  • Ability to use or learn Deswik or other Mine Planning Software
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications


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