The purpose of this job is to optimize safe extraction of Materials at the Nyrstar Tennessee Mine operation. The Longhole/Exploration Drillers operates Longhole Drill Rigs to drill longholes in sections, collecting cutting sample per section then packaging and labeling for the geology department. Longholes are drilled to geology department specifications as to depth, direction, and angle.

  • Plans and prepares drilling site (geology plans, operations prepares the sites)
  • Moves equipment and materials to site
  • Drills and monitors progression
  • Interprets drill plans then drills holes and realign equipment according to drill design and ground conditions Monitors ground conditions and components to maintain safe drilling operations
  • Installs collar pipes according to site procedures We don’t use collar pipe unless drill through a packer in anticipation of hitting water
  • Removes drill cuttings and sludge to ensure drill hole remains clean
  • Completes all required documentation clearly, concisely and marks misdirected holes according to site procedures
  • Packs up drill site
  • Carries out operator maintenance
  • Conducts housekeeping activities

Safety, Health, Environment and Community
  • Promote and demonstrate safe behavior at all times
  • Comply with the site’s standards and procedures in SHEC As well as MSHA regulations
  • Demonstrate effective performance in achieving agreed SHEC goals in support of the department, site and company standards
  • Demonstrates leadership in SHEC through personal behaviors and conversations, and report all SHEC incidents and participate in SHEC initiatives, reviews and investigations
  • Take responsibility for the safety of all personnel, including yourself, at Nyrstar Tennessee Mines
  • Wears proper PPE at all times

  • Able to operate a long hole drill
  • Able to read geologist hole specifications
  • Able to read an angle gage 2 2
  • Able to perform job with minimum supervision
  • Competent in providing accurate samples
  • Able to read and secure ground as needed

  • 1-2 years experience in mining preferred
  • Experience in mine specific equipment
  • Demonstrated competence in ground control
  • Preferred knowledge of mining regulation and statutory responsibilities
  • Understanding of technical and operating processes relevant to mine planning and scheduling
  • Sound understanding of mining regulation and statutory responsibilities

Department: Middle Tennessee Mines
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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