ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Promotes safety via all work products and by personal example.
- Develops effective and professional rapport and communications with all Minesite and Tri-State Corporate Staff.
- Responsible for fully developing annual drilling programs in advance of pit progression. Requires the ability to work with the existing geologic model to project infill structural and/or core drilling requirements. Acquired data will be properly stored both in hard copy and electronic format.
- Responsible for updating the existing geologic model with quarterly survey and lab quality data. Annual drilling programs data shall also be brought into the geologic model as well as any supplemental data.
- Responsible for fully understanding and enacting the Collom Pit Dewatering and Depressurization Well Field. This entails establishment of a network of dewatering/depressurization wells and the associated piezometer monitoring wells around the perimeter of the developing Collom Pit. Detailed scoping of well drilling and installation work will be required along with bidding of the work and vigilant oversight of well installation. Immediate and long term validation of well functionality is critical to mine success and will be continually monitored and modified if needed.
- Responsible for pit structural hazard mapping, joint and cleat mapping, geologic model validations of coal seam parting/merging and coal qualities working in conjunction with mine engineers and coal lab technicians.
- Direct activities of the Consulting 3rd Party Geotechnical Engineer who performs quarterly pit highwall and spoil stability inspections and reporting. Manage the work of this Consultant on any other special projects that require specialized geotechnical expertize.
- Assists in developing, administering, and monitoring the annual departmental budget.
- Ability to perform field inspections, visual observations, monitoring and generation of required reports.
- Responsible for understanding state and federal coal leases/mine permits, Logical Mining Unit, and Resource Recovery and Protection Plan with ability to provide technical assistance as required.
- Responsible for writing Scopes of Work, requisitions, bidding of work, procurement of contractors and consultants, job duty definition, safety protocol definitions, technical planning and scheduling of work activities for all contractors and consultants under direct control.
- Coordinates and directs work performed by outside consulting, engineering, and construction firms. Engages consultants and contractors properly, prior to commencing work, by securing proper Safety requirements, contracts, and requisitions. Provides on-site training, daily work permits/guidance, and site project management for all contractors or consultants under direct control.
- Understands and actively supports and promotes process improvement and change initiatives.
- Adhere to and demonstrate compliance with appropriate electric utility industry regulatory requirements. Attain knowledge and remain knowledgeable of development in regulations, laws, standards and best practices applicable to the functional area including, but not limited to, Standards of Conduct, Environmental, Employment Law, NERC Reliability Standards and Safety. Must be familiar with, and comply with, all aspects of Corporate Policy C-54, Compliance.
- Demonstrate behavior consistent with Tri-State's culture embodied in the Cooperative principles and spirit and core values of technical competency, respect and dignity, accountability, integrity, trustworthiness, and servant leadership to empower or otherwise enable others to optimally perform their job responsibilities. Demonstrate and promote ethics and behaviors consistent with Tri-State's culture, Board policies, and business practices. Understand and fulfill the role and responsibility for all compliance programs within the company.
- Because Tri-State is an electric utility with continuous service obligations to its customers, regular, reliable, and predictable performance of the essential functions and responsibilities is an essential function of the job.
- Because Tri-State has an obligation to provide continuous, reliable electric service to its customers, the ability to work overtime at any time of the day or week is considered an essential function of the job.
- Performs other job assignments as required to meet business needs.
SUCCESS FACTORS/JOB COMPETENCIES:
- Planning: Ability to think ahead and plan for the completion of assigned work, setting deadlines and priorities to meet overall objectives, as well as planning for the work of others.
- Coordinating, monitoring and directing the work of others, assuring quality of work performed, and assuring compliance with safety standards.
- Time management: ability to successfully plan and implement objectives within established timelines and work schedules.
- Ability to analyze problems and develop effective solutions at both strategic and functional levels.
- Technical skills in geologic, hydrologic, and related technical aspects of the active and future surface coal mining pit areas.
- Commitment to company values.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in working with a wide variety of employee in different business units as well as various stakeholders.
- Strong team player: accomplishes tasks by working with others and being a good team player. Recognizes how his/her decisions may impact others; seeks input from others.
- Considerable discretion and judgment is required to make analytical and interpretive decisions; adapt guidelines; investigate and resolve problems; and evaluate alternatives prior to making recommendations.
- High degree of initiative and strong work ethic are essential in performing, coordinating, and following through on projects from inception to completion; devising new methods to improve efficiency, and anticipating future requirements and trends.
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
Education and Training:
- Bachelor's Degree in Geology, Engineering, Hydrology or related technical field.
Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
- Team oriented with strong interpersonal communication skills. Ability to provide excellent leadership and mentoring.
- Proficient oral and written communication skills required. Must be able to give effective oral, written, and graphic presentations to a diverse audience including written text, maps and/or PowerPoint presentations.
- Ability to work independently, keeping management informed of progress and discussing problems that may arise.
- Ability to multitask and analyze complex issues and provide effective solutions and alternatives.
- Proficient computer skills with knowledge of and experience with AutoCAD, Carlson, Sedcad, and Microsoft Office Suite.
- Eight (8) years of relevant experience involving geologic, hydrologic, and related technical aspects of the active surface mining pit areas.
- Experience with developing annual drilling programs in advance of mining pit progression including experience with geologic models used to project infill structural and/or core drilling requirements.
- Willingness to travel, as needed.
- Must possess a valid driver's license.
- Willingness to travel.
DESIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
- Prefer experience with geologic, hydrologic, and related technical aspects of the surface coal mining operations.
- Preferred computer skills with geologic modeling software specifically Minescape, AutoCad, and Carlson. Additional related software skills a plus.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is required to sit for long periods of time and occasionally stand, walk, stoop, bend, reach above and below shoulder level and lift up to 10 lbs. Incumbent is frequently required to use hands and fingers to handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, talk and hear. Incumbent must have finger dexterity, good vision, good color vision, good hearing, and ability to speak clearly, and handle intricate work.
- Mental demands: While performing the duties of this job, the incumbent is required to read, write, perform math at level required for calculations related to geologic, hydrologic, and related technical aspects of the active and future surface coal mining pit areas, analyze data and reports, exercise judgment, develop plans, procedures and goals, and present information to others and work under pressure.
- Work Environment: While performing the duties of this position, the incumbent is exposed to dust, noise, working at surface coal mine open pit areas and working around large surface coal mining operating equipment.
This job description is not all inclusive but rather serves as a general guideline of the current needs of the position and can be modified at the discretion of management to meet current business needs. Experience and education requirements are the primary basis for awarding this position, however substitutions that are essentially equivalent may be made as they relate to the essential functions, duties, and responsibilities of this position.
- Supervision over this position is general direction and work is assigned in terms of overall objectives. In addition, employee is responsible for maintaining effective communications and providing geological, geotechnical, hydrological or engineering expertise on assigned projects.
- Work is reviewed for technical soundness, effectiveness of decision making and problem solving, compatibility with other work, efficiency in meeting goals, and effectiveness in meeting requirements of the position.