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Mine Engineer Co-Op Intern 2020

Job ID 14604042 Date posted 12/21/2019
Location : Eveleth, MN
JobCode : 3108
Position Type : Salary

Description :

The successful candidate will be expected to work full time hours as a Mine Engineering Co-Op intern from May 2020 through December 2020. Primary duties will include working in operations as a dispatcher on shift with a crew.  During off time or when the schedule allows overtime this person would be offered to work on engineering projects relating to their discipline.


Cliffs is looking for bright, motivated engineering students with a strong interest in the mining industry.  Our Co-op program is May through December in duration, in which you will receive important operational experience and have the opportunity to get involved in meaningful real-world projects like planning a program, designing a process, or implementing a technology.  The culmination of your program will include an opportunity to present your work to management.

Summary of Principal Functions:

The primary responsibility of a Mine Dispatcher is to improve the overall efficiency and safety of the mining operation by proper utilization of the dispatch system and all of its components.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Focus is on safe production and achieving this through full utilization of the dispatch system.

  • Monitor and maintain dispatch system performance. Apply improvements and upgrades to the system as they are made available.

  • Assure proper functionality of shovel, truck, drill, and support equipment GPS-based system interfaces.

  • Acts as the emergency coordinator, which is responsible to make calls and direct emergency vehicles and personnel when needed.

  • Trained in as an operations supervisor as well, to be able to rotate with them and fill in as needed.

  • Assure proper functionality of data radio transmission networks.

  • Support Mine Operations by optimizing the utilization of the dispatch system to assure maximum productivity. 

  • Assist Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations in the resolution of any and all dispatch issues. 

  • Manage dispatch system vendor to provide all necessary repairs and upgrades of the mine dispatch system.

  • Analyze and evaluate dispatch data with an emphasis on producing recommendations necessary to drive continuous improvement in mining operations.

  • Follow and meet directions sent by mine engineers.

  • Make use of effective communications skills to train all applicable employees on dispatch system and functionality. Additional training responsibilities include personnel in electrical, truck shop maintenance, and engineering departments.

  • Manage dispatch reporting system and database as required to provide timely and accurate data produced from both vendor and mine reports.  Write custom reports as required by mine personnel and management.

  • Repair and/or restore computer hardware, software, and networking related to dispatch system.

  • Identify and justify future purchases and mine management system improvements.

  • Remain current with regard to industry developments surrounding dispatch and mine management hardware, software, and data management. 

  • Responsible for entering work orders & warehouse orders.

  • Handle hourly timecards.

  • Deliver weekly safety meetings with operations supervisor.

Summary of Overtime Functions: The Mining Engineering Intern will be offered the opportunity of supporting the site Mine Planning and Engineering staff and completing several special projects and initiatives.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the design of the weekly, 30 day, 60 day, 90 day, and annual mine plans

  • Using data provided from the mine planning team and geological engineering team, design appropriate blast patterns for weekly dig plans

  • Obtain production data and track in mine plans

  • Conduct analysis of production data and present to operations and management staff

  • Maintain weekly mining plan

  • Use ground-based laser scanning tools to create topographical maps of mine pits

  • Conduct assessment of material moved using mine pit map updates

  • Use laser scanning tools to analyze blast swells

  • Make recommendations for future blast patterns

  • Participate in regular mine planning meetings with Engineering and site management

  • Other duties as assigned by the Mine Planning and Engineering staff

  • Past Project Examples:

    • Storm water runoff improvement design

    • Diamond drill core logging

    • Large chunk drilling and blasting in the mine

    • Data integrity verification

    • Justification of new equipment calculations

    • Sampling program oversight and administration

    • Short, mid, and long-range mine planning effort aid

    • Haulage infrastructure design

      Education Required: Candidate must be enrolled in an accredited school or university and currently pursuing a degree in Mining, Mining Engineering, Mining Technology or other related degree.

Experience Required: No previous experience required.  Vulcan software experience preferred.

Who We Are

Founded in 1847, Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. is the largest and oldest independent iron ore mining company in the United States. We are a major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry from our mines and pellet plants located in Michigan and Minnesota.

By 2020, Cliffs expects to be the sole producer of hot briquetted iron (HBI) in the Great Lakes region with the development of its first production plant in Toledo, OH. Driven by the core values of safety, social, environmental and capital stewardship, our employees endeavor to provide all stakeholders with operating and financial transparency.

Ready to seek your newest professional adventure? Explore our range of opportunities and join us at Cliffs.

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Employment Opportunities

Cleveland-Cliffs offers opportunities for high-performing individuals in a myriad of technical and professional disciplines. Whether in the field or office, Cliffs fosters an environment that empowers our employees to achieve their highest potential. Regardless of the location, employees will be presented with a challenging and rewarding environment. A competitive compensation package, opportunities for advancement and work-life balance all lead to a positive, passionate career at Cleveland-Cliffs.

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