|Location:||Multiple Locations||Country:||United States||Job Code:||2517||Position Type:||Salary|
Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. is an international mining and natural resources company. The
Company is a major global iron ore producer and a significant producer of high-and low-volatile metallurgical
coal. Cliffs' strategy is to continually achieve greater scale and diversification in the mining industry through
a focus on serving the world's largest and fastest growing steel markets. Driven by the core values of social,
environmental and capital stewardship, Cliffs associates across the globe endeavor to provide all stakeholders
operating and financial transparency.
The Company is organized through a global commercial group responsible for sales and delivery
of Cliffs' products and a global operations group responsible for the production of the minerals the Company
markets. Cliffs operates iron ore and coal mines in North America and an iron ore mining complex in Western
This position requires direct involvement in the oversight of all tailings basin dam safety activities including
basin planning, geotechnical monitoring, management, and operation of all Cliffs USIO tailings storage basins.
This also includes various fresh water retention structures and related appurtenant hydraulic outlet works. The
position will work with the each sites tailings basin engineer (& technical staff) and integrate with
engineering consultants/ contractors as required.
- Involvement in the geotechnical planning, design, and construction of large
earthwork structures and systems for basin tailings slurry disposal and containment.
- Review and/or
preparation of short and long range planning for tailings disposal and construction
- Participates in the preparation of maintenance / operation manuals and general technical
guidelines for dam safety.
- Participation on site tailings project teams including major tailings basin
- Involvement in the review, design and implementation of various geotechnical
monitoring activities at the USIO sites including drilling programs, inclinometers, piezometers, seepage
- Maintenance of USIO tailings basin documentation (design, engineering, construction, and
regulatory documentation) and data in a consistent, timely, and orderly fashion in the specified electronic (or
physical) repository currently being the technical group file server.
- Review and participation in design
& operational performance audits of USIO operational mine tailings basin and related physical
- Operations water balance monitoring/assessment of ponds, reservoirs, and associated
- Construction management assistance related to basin earthwork projects including computer
aided design, survey alignments, construction survey, earthwork volumes, payment volumes, geotechnical monitoring,
project budgeting & cost forecasting, and contract administration assistance as required.
- Oversight of
field construction based upon developed computer aided design drawings using photogrammetric digital aerial
mapping and/or digital photo imagery.
- Review construction and geotechnical investigative drilling reports
and supporting documentation.
- Participate, prepare and/or execute periodic Probable Failure Mode Analyses
(PMFA) of USIO basins and water retention structures.
- Participate, prepare and/or execute periodic drills
related to tailings basin Emergency Action Plans.
- Assist in design reviews and/or field implementations of
USIO wetlands projects.
- Prepare timely and accurate reports for various geotechnical projects including
the development of project schedules and progress reports.
- Explore latest technologies / best practices
related to tailings basins and evaluate their suitability for USIO Operations.
- Participate or lead
tailings basin projects related to environmental compliance and improvement activities.
- Ability to travel
to all USIO mine sites in Michigan and Minnesota along with other travel for technical training and conferences as
required. Provide assistance to business units & corporate functions as requested.
demonstrate and act in accordance with Cliffs’ Core Values: Safe Production; Customer Focus; Creating
Economic Value; Bias for Action; Trust, Respect, and Open Communication; Group and Individual Accountability;
Integrity; Teamwork; Recognize and Reward Achievement; and Environmental Stewardship
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree in Geological or Civil Engineering is
- 2 to 5 years of professional experience related to Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrogeology is
- Registered Professional Engineer (PE) or Engineer-in Training (EIT) certificate until required
experience is obtained for PE
- Strong technical skills and understanding of tailings facilities including:
tailings basin operation, water balance, dam construction, and monitoring.
- Strong familiarity with
- Knowledge of regulations applicable to management of tailings facilities and mine
- Knowledge and experience with computer software related to Civil and Geotechnical
- Demonstrated technical report writing and strong verbal communications
- Demonstrated project management experience with emphasis on civil and earthwork