Hecla Greens Creek Mining Co. Mine Automation and Technology Engineer in Juneau, Alaska
Greens Creek: The Greens Creek Mine, located on Admiralty Island, 18 miles south of Juneau, is an underground polymetallic mine employing approximately 425 people. The mine is owned and operated by Hecla Mining Company, headquartered in Coeur d Alene, Idaho. Established in 1891, Hecla has a rich history as a distinguished and respected precious metals producer. Winner of numerous safety and environmental awards, Greens Creek is seeking new team members committed to professional growth and success. POSITION SUMMARY: This position will report to the Chief Mine Engineer and work closely with Mine Operations, Electrical, and Maintenance departments. The automation engineer will assist with the implementation of automated mining equipment, underground wireless networks, and other underground automated systems. As a member of the technical services department this position requires someone with a passion for automation and an interest in implementing new technologies. The successful candidate must have a systematic approach to troubleshooting and design and should be capable of independently solving problems while working with personnel across several departments. SAFETY, HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACCOUNTABILITIES: All Hecla personnel shall strive to achieve best practice in safety and health, and assist in the control of incidents, injuries and loss. Duties include, but are not limited to: Complying with all necessary requirements put in place to prevent incidents, injuries or losses Ensuring the safety and health of themselves and others in the workplace by being responsible for their actions and taking due care while performing their work Identifying, eliminating, and reporting hazards as soon as practicable Reporting incidents and accidents as soon as practicable Disclosing all information regarding incidents and cooperating in incident investigations Assisting in the resolution of health and safety matters in a positive and timely manner Using and maintaining PPE Providing suggestions for improving work processes Assisting Management by supporting change to achieve desired targets Ensuring that plant and equipment operate within their safe working limits Ensuring that correct equipment is used for the job Participating in risk assessment methodology Participating in safety initiatives Receiving training and instruction as required Maintaining good housekeeping standards ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Assist mine operations with implementation and use of automated mining systems. Optimize automated mining systems including; stope layouts, underground wireless networks, machine settings, and procedures. Troubleshoot automated equipment and wireless communication systems. Continually incorporate lessons learned into new procedures and future designs. Train operators and technicians in successful operation and troubleshooting of automated systems Work with mining engineers to create mine designs which maximize the value generated by operating automated equipment. Understand underground network communications including: troubleshooting, monitoring, and planning the underground wireless network. Other duties may be assigned WORK ENVIRONMENT & JOB SCHEDULE: Employees may be frequently exposed to underground work environments; outside weather conditions, wet and/or humid conditions; extreme cold, extreme heat, potentially hazardous wildlife; moving mechanical parts; high precarious places; fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; explosives and vibration. The noise level in most work environments is usually very loud. This position may occasionally require work on nights or weekends.