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Chief Surveyor

Job Summary:

Within the Technical Services group, the Chief Surveyor will assist in all survey projects including, but not limited to: ore control, blast pattern design and surveying, end of month progress, bench grade control, property surveys, materials ordering and has the ability to trouble shoot problems with survey equipment, data collectors, and computer programs related to surveying functions.  The Chief Surveyor is responsible for ensuring that the site as-built is updated and accurate, and that the mining process is not delayed (due to staking, surveying of blast holes, ore control, and temporary access).  The Chief Surveyor is required to work with little or no supervision in the accomplishment of these tasks. Strong preferences for FFA Part 107 license holders and experience with Hexagon’s MinePlan (MineSight) software.


Primary Functions:


Health, Safety and Environment

  • Follows company and legislated company rules and procedures
  • Contributes to the department’s health, safety and environment goals and objectives
  • Communicates safety concerns to the Chief Engineer and/or takes corrective action 
  • Ability to work in a variety of climatic conditions associated with the desert



  • Anticipate potential survey problems and avoid them in a timely manner with a solution
  • Proficiency with drones, GPS, total station and conventional survey equipment
  • Maintain the integrity of the site as-built drawings to ensure all mining and construction activity is accurately recorded 
  • Experience with laser scanners and GeoTech radars for highwall monitoring.



  • Act as alternate for short range planning function
  • D&B planning and design
  • Develop road and dump designs
  • EOM and Planning Production volume calculations
  • Provide site operations with current and accurate maps or drawings
  • Participate in special projects in support of site operation 
  • Develop and recommend operating procedures


Cost Control

  • Provide input for annual engineering budget 
  • Manage spending within approved budget


Human Resource Management and Employee Relations

  • Evaluate staff performance and provides feedback
  • Conduct annual employee performance and wage reviews
  • Train Mine Surveyors in survey methods 
  • Train Mine Surveyors in the use of all existing equipment and software



  • Communicate and correct deviations from the mine plan (over digging / dumping, leaving material behind on walls, too high benches, etc.) with mine operations and engineering.




Knowledge, Skill and Experience:

Minimum Education (or substitute experience) Required: High school diploma or equivalent; Degree in technology preferred

Minimum Experience Required: prior survey experience and CAD experience


Skills Required:

  • Proficiency with drones, GPS, total station and conventional survey equipment
  • Proficient with mining software (eg. Minesight, Vulcan, Surpac)
  • Basic computer knowledge (AutoCAD, Word, Excel, digital communications).
  • Proficient math skills, including trigonometry.
  • Experience in a conventional truck and shovel open pit mine preferred (but not essential) 
  • Prior survey experience and CAD experience required.


Financial Responsibility and Authority:

Equipment: High school diploma or equivalent; Degree in technology preferred

Financial: Provide input for annual engineering budget; Manage spending within approved budget

Internal and External Business Contacts: survey equipment suppliers

Supervisory: Supervise 24 Surveyors

Nearest Major Market: San Diego
Nearest Secondary Market: Southern California