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Geotechnical Engineer

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Date: Jun 5, 2018

LOCATION: Calgary, Alberta (CA-AB)

Job Overview

Reporting to the manager, geotechnical engineering, you will be responsible for the geotechnical aspects of waste dumps, reclamation stockpiles, tailing facilities (dykes), and pitwall structures that are associated with both mining and closure landform applications. You will also manage geotechnical risks across the site in both operating and closure environments, as well as our tailings facility management system which promotes all aspects of risk reduction and continuous improvement in tailings facility management and dam safety.

Key Accountabilities

  • Deliver and manage complex engineering designs for dykes, pitwalls and dumps/stockpiles suitable for submission to government for approval
  • Work at various levels of projects from conceptual to detailed design as required for the stage of the project: design, construction, operations, closure and de-licensing
  • Liase with stakeholders including planners, regulatory, projects, operations (mining and tailings), and construction groups to deliver safe, robust and reliable engineering designs. 
  • Be part of a team to deliver the project for Suncor’s best interests and problem solve issues that arise in the field
  • Complete projects as a delivery of IFC to stakeholders
  • Manage technical issues and ensure geotechnical integrity through all of the life cycle stages of structures, design, construction, operations, closure, de-licensing
  • Work on technical projects such as weak pre-sheared soils, liquefiable material, fine tailings all within an operating environment.
  • Present projects to external review boards for risk identification
  • Work within the geotechnical group to continually improve our standards, procedures and dam safety programs
  • Mentor junior and intermediate staff in all aspects of geotechnical engineering, communication and project management as it applies
  • Contribute to technical advancement of staff in other groups
  • Work with external technical groups for the advancement of geotechnical and tailings engineering

Required Qualifications

Experience and Education:

  • Minimum 10 years of relevant engineering experience in large civil earthworks projects, which include design, construction and operations
  • Experience in the oil and gas or mining environment is strongly preferred
  • Engineering degree in civil/geological/mining engineering
  • Master’s degree in geotechnical engineering is considered an asset
  • Presently registered or eligible to register immediately as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Possess a valid driver’s licence with a clean driving record

Skills and Knowledge:

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, AutoCAD and geotechnical modelling software (Geostudio, FLAC, etc.)
  • Effective communicator that is capable of understanding, anticipating and responding to the ongoing needs of mining, tailings and reclamation engineering and operations groups. (ie.  strong technical, oral and written communication skills.)
  • Proven project management skills and leadership abilities, including skills in developing and managing the performance of professional engineers, and building effective engineering work processes
  • Well-developed critical thinking, with an ability to apply logic and challenge assumptions, conclusions and make appropriate recommendations
  • You continually seek greater knowledge about the systems, processes and hazards in the workplace, in order to understand not just what you do but why you do it
  • You hold others accountable and expect others to do the same
  • Ability to contribute to a team environment while at times working independently

Working Conditions

  • This is a Calgary-based office position
  • Occasional trips to our Fort McMurray site are required

Why Suncor
Go ahead. Expect growth. We want you to have a job you're genuinely excited about - as well as opportunities to learn and challenge yourself or mentor others. Plus, Suncor Energy offers a flexible employee package that can be adjusted to suit the changing needs of your life, including:

  • Competitive base salary and compensation programs
  • Attractive annual incentive program
  • Flexible benefits package
  • Rewarding pension and savings plans

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Business Overview
Suncor Energy is Canada's energy company - meaning rewarding opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, contribute and grow in a variety of career-building positions. Our business portfolio spans the entire energy sector, from a leadership position in oil sands development, to refining and marketing operations, natural gas, and conventional oil production, internationally and offshore East Coast Canada.

And while we are working to responsibly develop petroleum resources and contribute to the communities where we live and work, we are also developing our renewable energy portfolio, which includes wind power and biofuels.

As part of Suncor's team, you'll contribute to the ongoing success of Canada's largest energy company - one with a solid track record of growth, a focus on safety and sustainability and tremendous potential for the future. And you'll have the opportunity to learn from experts in the industry and build on your skills every day.

Suncor promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Suncor is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. At Suncor, we are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communitities in which we live, and where every team member has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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