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Blaster's Assistant (2 Positions - Misery Pit)


As the operator of the EKATI Diamond Mine in the Northwest Territories, BHP Billiton has built a reputation for sustainable resource development, with a focus on safety, health, and the environment and communities we live and work in. EKATI Diamond Mine is a significant producer of top quality rough diamonds. Located 300 kilometres northeast of Yellowknife, EKATI Diamond Mine is accessible only by plane. Our pristine, remote, sub-arctic environment provides unique operational challenges and exciting career development opportunities. Within BHP Billiton, our people lead the way. We start each day with a sense of purpose and end the day with a sense of accomplishment.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Team Leader – Surface Mining, the Assistant Blaster is responsible for assisting the designated Blaster with the safe, efficient and productive loading of blast holes within the surface mining operation. The incumbent performs all duties for this position in accordance with the Charter, Company Policies, Management Systems, and Standard Operating Procedures.

The Responsibilities

•  Demonstrate the ability to always work safe and report all hazards and unsafe working conditions to the Team Leader.

•  Under the direction of a qualified blaster; demonstrate the correct procedures for the safe handling of explosives.

•  Assist the designated blaster with the transfer of explosives to and from the surface magazines to the blast hole patterns.

•  Assist the designated blaster with blast pattern clean-up and removal of explosive storage boxes according to mine site policies and federal regulations.

•  Under the direction of a blaster assist with clearing personnel from blast areas and with guarding blast perimeter areas.

•  Under the direction of a qualified blaster; learn to maintain explosive magazine inventory control and assist the blaster with magazine audits to fulfill the requirements of the management of an explosive magazine in compliance with BHPB Global Initiatives, Provincial and Federal Laws.

The Requirements

•  Qualified to work in a surface mining environment

•  Class 5 driver license is required

•  Previous blasting experience is a preferred asset

The successful candidate will be able to perform strenuous manual job duties outside in a northern winter environment and be able to foster in an environment of team work, trust, respect and embrace diversity.

This position is based at the EKATI Diamond Mine and works 2 weeks on site followed by 2 weeks off. We offer an excellent compensation and comprehensive benefit program.

Preference will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of BHP Billiton's Impact Benefit Agreement Groups: North Slave Métis Alliance, Hamlet of Kugluktuk/Kitikmeot Inuit Association, Tlicho Treaty 11, and the Akaitcho Treaty 8 First Nations. Members must clearly identify their IBA status on the online job application and resume if they wish receive priority consideration.

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