24 Jun 2024

Blast Person J3B at Newmont Mining Corporation

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Job Description

Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont in 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont’s industry leading performance is reflected through our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.


About This Role

  • To perform technical activities to Newmont in charging blastholes in a safe and controlled manner.

In This Role You Will

Blast Execution Planning

  • Communicate with and receive instruction from the Blasting Supervisor and follow the specified instruction and charging plan, prior to the execution of
  • activities.
  • Conduct field tests in determining the depth of the blast hole and input data into dip-plus to determine the quantity and type of the bulk explosive required.
  • Reconcile blasting initiation product quantities before obtaining final sign off from the Supervisor.
  • Conduct pre-blast tests on relevant systems, in the case of electronic detonation.
  • Undertake the priming of all blast holes.
  • Install physical critical controls (i.e. barricade cones and coloured signage), prior to blasting.

Blast Execution

  • Inspect all drill holes and implement remediation action in preparation for charging.
  • Assemble primer charges using selected detonators, fuses, detonating cords and other materials.
  • Manually load explosives in blast holes and / or supervise and direct bulk explosive trucks onto the blasting pattern to charge holes.
  • Connect electrical wires, detonating cords or fuses into primer / series and connect series to blasting machines.
  • Join surface connectors to downlines.
  • Follow the tie-up plan according to Standard Task Procedures (STPs).
  • Conduct final inspections to assure that all blasting connections have been made safely and correctly.
  • Conduct and maintain Quality Assurance (QA) / Quality Control (QC) standards during blasting activities.
  • Manage, store and transport explosives and accessories according to strict safety regulations and observe Newmont safety procedures and processes at all times.
  • Report on and maintain accurate inventory of explosives.
  • Compile records of blasting activities using specified templates and forward to the Supervisor.

General Execution

  • Plan and prioritise own activities on a daily basis.
  • Read instructions or diagrams to lay out explosives in accordance to the tie-up plan.
  • Obtain the necessary equipment and consumables required to execute tasks from the Supervisor.
  • Assure that all works-in-progress and activities meet specifications, codes and regulations.
  • Contribute to the achievement of blasting targets.
  • Participate in regular toolbox and safety meetings
  • Participate in further training for upskilling purposes.
  • Provide verbal feedback to the Supervisor on the activities completed for the day.

Stakeholder Management and Engagement

  • Liaise with the Stemming Loader Operators to commence stemming activities.
  • Support Shot Firers in the connection of tie-ups.
  • Liaise with the Shot Firer to issue the go-ahead for blasting to commence.

Health and Safety Management

  • Initiate steps to block entry into the pit including blasting- in-progress sign and barricade cones, maintain roadblock during pre and post-blasting to uphold the highest safety standards.
  • Verify that the demarcated blast areas are safe and secure to promote worker health and safety.
  • Conduct final blasting area safety inspection and signal personnel to clear the blasting zone, prior to firing the blast pattern.
  • Inspect work areas and ensure all areas comply with internal Newmont and external regulatory standards.
  • Comply with safe blasting procedures.
  • Maintain a strong focus of safety throughout all activities.
  • Provide hands-on assistance during operations activities to fellow colleagues to ensure that safe work practices are followed.
  • Attend daily pre-shift safety meetings.

Training & Experience

Formal Qualification (including Professional Registrations):

  • Completion of WASSCE or equivalent certificate.

Additional Knowledge

  • Blasting Certificate.
  • Sound knowledge of various explosive types.
  • Sound knowledge in blasting accessories.
  • General knowledge in mid-to-heavy equipment operation.


  • Minimum of 1 – 2 years’ blasting experience in a large open pit mining environment.
  • Experience in electronic and non-electronic detonation.

Technical Skills

  • Strong risk management skills.
  • Strong safety orientation skills.
  • Strong mathematics skills.
  • Strong listening skills.
  • Strong concentration skills.
  • Sound planning, organising and prioritising skills.
  • Sound analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Sound technical communication (written and verbal) and interpersonal skills.
  • Sound information monitoring skills.
  • Ability to follow hazardous material procedures.
  • Ability to follow verbal directions and hand signals.
  • Ability to stay focused.

Behavioural Attributes

  • Accuracy.
  • Continuous learning.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Flexibility.
  • Initiative.
  • Judgment.
  • Manual dexterity.
  • Precise.
  • Pro-active.
  • Reliable and independent.
  • Safety conscious.
  • Self-motivated.
  • Team player.
  • Technically inclined.
  • Tenacity.

Working Conditions

  • The position is located at the Ahafo North mine site.
  • Position is in a very remote location. The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job.
    • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
    • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of the job, the employee is required to sit at a desk for extended periods, climb stairs, walk and stand.
    • Work Environment: The noise level in the field environment is high. The incumbent is frequently exposed to dangerous environments, noise, fumes, high temperature, hazardous materials, sharp edges, dust, pinch-points, vibration, slippery surfaces, and extreme weather conditions.
    • Protective Equipment (PPE): Work requires mandatory PPE such as helmet, goggles, high visible clothing, safety harness, ear plugs and dust mask according to working conditions.
    • Incumbent has to work overtime.

We understand no candidate will meet every single desired qualification. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to learn more about you!

Our business success comes from the accomplishments and well-being of our employees and contractors. Our goal is to build a workplace culture that fosters leaders and allows every person to thrive, contribute, and grow. We are committed to selecting and developing our employees, and to establishing a work environment where everyone can take an active part in reaching our strategic goals while feeling a sense of pride in working at Newmont.

Newmont seeks to recruit, hire, place and promote qualified applicants, meaning applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the position, without regard to personal characteristics such as gender, race, nationality, ethnic, social and indigenous origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. As part of our diversity efforts. females are encouraged to apply.

Method of Application

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Closing Date : 10th July, 2024

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