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Tailings Basin Engineer

Job ID 11448374 Date posted 04/05/2019
Location:Hibbing, MN
Country:United States
Job Code:2958
Position Type:Salary

About Cleveland-Cliffs Inc.

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. For more information, visit

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Company Overview:

Hibbing Taconite is a leading iron ore mining company which began production in 1976 and has an annual plant capacity of 8.0 million tons of iron ore. ArcelorMittal, US Steel and Cleveland-Cliffs are partners in Hibbing Taconite, with ArcelorMittal owning a majority stake.

Cliffs Mining Company is the current manager of Hibbing Taconite joint venture. In August 2019, ArcelorMittal USA will assume the role of manager and at that time Hibbing Taconite employees will join the ArcelorMittal USA Team under ArcelorMittal Hibbing Management LLC.

Summary of Principal Functions:

Oversight of all tailings basin dam safety activities including basin planning, geotechnical monitoring, management, and operation of Hibbing Taconite tailings storage basins. This also includes various fresh water retention structures and related appurtenant hydraulic outlet works. The position will work with site tailings basin engineer (& technical staff) and integrate with engineering consultants/ contractors as required.

Key Responsibilities:

·Assist in the geotechnical planning, design, and construction of large earthwork structures and systems for basin tailings slurry disposal and containment.

·Review and/or preparation of short and long range planning for tailings disposal and construction activities.

·Participates in the preparation of maintenance / operation manuals and general technical guidelines for dam safety.

·Participation on site tailings project teams including major tailings basin expansion projects.

·Involvement in the review, design and implementation of various geotechnical monitoring activities at the USIO sites including drilling programs, inclinometers, piezometers, seepage monitoring, etc.

·Maintenance of tailings basin documentation (design, engineering, construction, and regulatory documentation) and data in a consistent, timely, and orderly fashion in the specified electronic (or physical) repository currently being the technical group file server.

·Review and participation in design & operational performance audits of site operational mine tailings basin and related physical infrastructure.

·Operations water balance monitoring/assessment of ponds, reservoirs, and associated hydraulic works.

·Construction management assistance related to basin earthwork projects including computer aided design, survey alignments, construction survey, earthwork volumes, payment volumes, geotechnical monitoring, project budgeting & cost forecasting, and contract administration assistance as required.

·Oversight of field construction based upon developed computer aided design drawings using photogrammetric digital aerial mapping and/or digital photo imagery.

·Review construction and geotechnical investigative drilling reports and supporting documentation.

·Participate, prepare and/or execute periodic Probable Failure Mode Analyses (PMFA) of basin and water retention structures.

·Participate, prepare and/or execute periodic drills related to tailings basin Emergency Action Plans.

·Assist in design reviews and/or field implementations of wetlands projects.

·Prepare timely and accurate reports for various geotechnical projects including the development of project schedules and progress reports.

·Explore latest technologies / best practices related to tailings basins and evaluate their suitability for the site.

·Participate or lead tailings basin projects related to environmental compliance and improvement activities.

·Ability to travel to multiple Minnesota sites and headquarters as required.

Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geological or Civil Engineering is required.

Required Experience:

·2 to 5 years of professional experience related to Geotechnical Engineering and Hydrogeology is preferred.

·Registered Professional Engineer (PE) or Engineer-in Training (EIT) certificate until required experience is obtained for PE.

·Strong technical skills and understanding of tailings facilities including: tailings basin operation, water balance, dam construction, and monitoring.

·Strong familiarity with geotechnical principals.


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