Mining Surveyor / Shaft Technician

The Shaft Engineer / Shaft Surveyor will be a member of the shaft sinking crew and is responsible for the co-ordination, collection and reporting of all the routine technical data related to the shaft sinking activities.

In particular, the Shaft Technician will:

  • Produce shift logs to track progress, downtime, pick consumption, ventilation readings, logging blast times etc.

Maintain situational awareness and advise sinking crew of any known potential hazards, changes in diameter and expected conditions
Be the in-shaft surveying resource, duties will include:

    • Collecting high resolution point cloud data of the excavation
    • Monitoring the excavation depth and diameter
    • Maintaining the guidance system where applicable
    • Monitoring the shaft alignment (plumb, rotation etc.)
    • Setting out probe holes and drill patterns for blasting purposes where applicable
    • Setting out lining pours and shaft installations such as brackets etc. as required
    • Carrying out surveys of accident sites if required
    • Carrying out as-built surveys of the lining (visual inspection and scans)
    • Carrying out convergence monitoring within the completed shaft portion

Collate Geological and Geotechnical data of the ground as the sink progresses including:

    • Basic mapping/logging of exposed ground
    • Taking photographs
    • Collection of any samples as required
    • Monitoring probe drilling activities (logging water inflow rates etc.)
    • Monitoring grouting operations (recording volumes, pressures, timings etc. in accordance with the grouting procedure)

Carry out QA/QC on the lining installation including:

    • Carrying out concrete flow and slump tests
    • Collecting samples


  • Aid the technical services departments (survey, geology, Geotech, vent) when required; 


  • Check the work area to identify any potential hazards, if within capabilities make safe and report actions or escalate to the area supervisor


  • Understand and implement the Company’s safety policy, standards and systems;


  • Conduct risk assessments on activities within your area of responsibility, ensuring that the methods and systems of work are safe;


  • Ensure that the oncoming shaft technicians are briefed on all relevant matters;


  • Immediately rectify or stop any operation or work that in your opinion needs to be rectified or stopped on grounds of safety;


  • Set a personal example on all matters of health and safety.


Key Experience

  • Experience of working in an underground mining or tunnelling environment in a surveying, geology or geotechnical role would be an advantage.
  • Experience of working in a small team.
  • A Degree in mining engineering or Geodesist / Geology or similar in a mining environment

Competency – Skills

  • You are able to identify hazards, implementing appropriate control measures and are able to record the results in a clear and structured manner:
  • You are able to interpret method statement and risk assessment documentation;
  • You are able to solve problems in your daily work and use decision making techniques
  • You are able to develop effective working relationships with management personnel, mining teams and contractors.
  • You are able to organise, prioritise and allocate work in a way that effectively utilises your time and resources.
  • You are able to collate and analyse information to create reports and recommendations.
  • You are familiar with/able to use up to date technology (Computers, Surveying equipment etc.)
  • Role will be on a 9/2/9/2/9/14 day shift pattern.
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