Spirit Omega Inc.

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Spirit Omega - Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada - Contracted

Job Reference #: 35292

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 Senior Geotechnical Engineer 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): January, 2022 to February 1, 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 plans, communicating and monitoring tailings dams while training junior engineers. The work is dynamic and fast paced, involving exposure to both Operations and Mine Technical (both the site based teams and the Calgary based teams). 

Tasks and Responsibilities:

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

Responsibilities include:

  • Complete visual inspections of the tailings dam.
  • Document construction and surveillance of the external tailings dam.
  • Support collection of as-built records for the structure (instruments, drains, etc.).
  • Complete quality control of data related to dam construction (density, instrumentation, laboratory testing, etc.).
  • Oversee geotechnical engineering contractor to ensure timely completion of instrument readings and testing in support of the dam safety program.
  • Engage in short-range tailings planning.
  • Mentor junior site team Geotech staff.
  • Site support for special projects:
  • Annual CPT and tailings pond sampling programs
  • Annual geotechnical drilling program
  • Dredge/barge moves
  • Minor project support

Skills and Qualifications:

Academic: Undergraduate degree in Geological, Geotechnical, Mining, or Civil Engineering. 

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 geotechnical engineering are essential. The ability to collaborate across multiple disciplines within both Mine Technical and Mine Operations is required.


  • Minimum of 10-15 years of geotechnical experience is required, including but not limited to; geotechnical engineering and mine operations support.
  • Registered as a professional engineer in Alberta.
  • 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.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications


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