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Tailings Engineer, Qualified Professional


Sparwood, BC, CA

Closing Date: March 11, 2021


Reporting to the Manager Tailings, the Tailings Engineer, Qualified Professional is responsible for key technical responsibilities for tailings and water retaining structures.


To be successful we require someone with strong interpersonal and communication skills, who is self-motivated, but can also collaborate and excel in a technical team based environment. Someone who is able to multi-task and has advanced analytical, problem solving, risk analysis, and decision-making abilities


In this role you will have the opportunity to grow and maintain a sense of team through professional development, engagement, empowerment, autonomy, and building internal expertise and capacity. You will have opportunities to rotate through our other sites in the valley, gaining experience and relationships along the way. This is an exciting chance to build your career in tailings, with the potential for career progression through our enterprise.


Join us in the breathtaking Elk Valley of British Columbia. Here you will find outdoor adventure at your fingertips. Whether it's biking and skiing, or the laid-back atmosphere of fishing and hiking, there is something for everyone! Come experience what work life balance is all about!



  • Be a courageous safety leader, adhere to and sponsor safety and environmental rules and procedures
  • Ensure monitoring system (TMS) is in place and appropriate for the facility
  • Plan, organize, develop, and maintain a tailings data library
  • Provide updates to operating, maintenance, and surveillance manuals, along with emergency preparedness and response plans, and other management system documents including OMS manual, TARP, and ERP
  • Complete and submit monthly and annual reports to regulatory agencies, the Chair of the TWG, and the Corporate Manager of Environmental Performance
  • Obtain the review of technical aspects of structures with a consequence classification of "High" and above from appropriate member of the TWG
  • Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, HSEC Standards, and relevant guidelines
  • Ensure a Change Management Process is in place and used appropriately
  • Ensure Public Disclosure information is complete and available
  • Conduct analysis of TMS data and produce timely recommendations to the operation
  • Develop and maintain conceptual closure plans with costs
  • Ensure Construction vs Design Intent Verification (CDIV) process in place and used appropriately
  • Ensure As-built reports complete for all TWRS
  • Conduct Tailings Technology identification, review, assessment, and support work
  • Develop, introduce, and maintain education, awareness, and reporting system for sites and technical team members
  • Perform routine dam inspections of the tailings facility and various site water dam structures, report on those inspections, and provide recommendations to the Engineering, Environment, and Processing groups
  • Develop and Maintain tailings Best Practice awareness. Ensure the information is available to help inform business decisions
  • Work with the engineer of record to continuously improve and implement the quality assurance and control, construction monitoring, and dam surveillance programs
  • Provide technical guidance and leadership on tailings management related issues
  • Coordinate activities with Consultants, Project Engineering, Processing, Environmental, necessary Teck corporate entities, contractors, and Government Regulators as required
  • Implement the surveillance, inspection, monitoring, and maintenance plan
  • Develop and maintain a site-wide mass balance, focused on tailings deposition
  • Monthly reconciliation of plans and ongoing mass balance analyses
  • Ensure Public Disclosure information is distributed
  • Short-and long-range plan of tailings and water management facilities, including mass balances, tailings deposition plans, and water balances
  • Execution of Emergency Response Plan and Long-Term Recovery
  • Develop engineering QA program
  • Develop scopes of deposit assessment programs, such as drilling, CPT, LiDAR, and satellite
  • Support project execution on site (including deposit assessment)



  • Degree in Civil, Geological, Geotechnical, or Environmental Engineering, or other related subject area
  • Registered, or able to register, as a Professional Engineer or Geologist with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
  • Minimum 10 years demonstrated ability working in monitoring, performance analysis, reporting, and stewardship of tailings or water dams and structures
  • In depth knowledge of regulatory and best practice guidelines from the CDA, MAC, ICMM, and Global Tailings Standard
  • Project Management experience, including budgeting and costing, is an asset
  • Experience with dam inspections including DSR’s and DSI’s
  • Sophisticated digital literacy and proficiency in geotechnical modeling and design


At Teck, we value diversity. Our teams work collaboratively and respect each person’s unique perspective and contribution. 


Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter electronically.  


We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for the position; however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.  


Teck is a diversified resource company committed to responsible mining and mineral development with major business units focused on copper, steelmaking coal and zinc, as well as investments in energy assets. 


Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, its shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols TECK.A and TECK.B and the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TECK. 


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