Geotechnical Field Engineer


Kearl Site, AB, CA

Company:  Imperial

Job description

The role primarily focuses developing plans, communicating and monitoring tailings dams. The work is dynamic and fast paced, involving exposure to both Operations and Mine Technical (both the site based teams and the Calgary based teams).  

Tasks and Responsibilities: 
Imperial Oil is currently looking for Senior Geotechnical Field Engineer to support the Kearl Asset as part of the site based Mine Technical Team. The position of “Senior Geotechnical Field Engineer” will be based at the Kearl Mine Site working a 14 days on and 14 days off fly in-fly out schedule. Responsibilities include:

  • Complete visual inspections of the tailings dam.
  • Document construction and surveillance of the external tailings dam.
  • Support collection of as-built records for the structure (instruments, drains, etc.).
  • Complete quality control of data related to dam construction (density, instrumentation, laboratory testing, etc.).
  • Oversee geotechnical engineering contractor to ensure timely completion of instrument readings and testing in support of the dam safety program.
  • Engage in short-range tailings planning.
  • Mentor junior site team staff.
  • Site support for special projects: 
  • Annual CPT and tailings pond sampling programs
  • Annual geotechnical drilling program
  • Dredge/barge moves
  • Minor project support



  • Undergraduate degree in Geotechnical or Civil Engineering



  • Other accountabilities involve continuous improvement to current work practices and ensuring alignment across functions through appropriate change management and communication processes. As well as producing high standard technical deliverables and providing recommendations in various functions across the organization.  
  • A successful candidate will have strong communication skills and the ability to prioritize work.
  • Previous experience in open pit mining operations and geotechnical engineering are essential.
  • The ability to collaborate across multiple disciplines within both Mine Technical and Mine Operations is required
  • 3-7 years of geotechnical experience is required, including but not limited to; geotechnical engineering and mine operations support.
  • Registered as a professional engineer in Alberta. 
  • Must demonstrate safety leadership.
  • Previous field experience in active mine operations is required.
  • Must be willing to work remotely on rotation in a fly in/out operations (14 days on shift and 14 days off shift); camp provided, air travel provided from Calgary or Edmonton or bus transportation from Fort McMurray.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications


Start date: Q4, 2022



Location: Kearl Site, AB

Your benefits

Imperial offers a very competitive benefits package including salary, health care and savings plan contributions. 

Imperial provides comprehensive training and supports employees in continuing their learning including a commitment to continuous professional development. Successful candidate will leverage their functional knowledge and skill to provide technical leadership and influence the development of the Kearl oil sands mining project.

This position will be a full time fly-in, fly-out camp based role to the Kearl site with a 14 days on/14 days off work schedule. Bussing is available from Fort McMurray, and flights are available from either Calgary or Edmonton. Relocation assistance to Fort McMurray, Calgary or Edmonton is available if required. Bus transportation is also available to Kearl site from Fort McMurray at the beginning and end of each shift rotation for Fort McMurray residents

Kearl operations will provide safe, secure and quiet accommodation near to the worksite for employees working on rotating work schedules. Facilities include a private room/washroom for each employee.


Who we are

A leading member of Canada’s energy industry, Imperial invests in new technology to responsibly meet today’s energy challenges, reducing our environmental footprint and remaining committed to high safety standards and working with communities and our Indigenous neighbours. Our Kearl oil sands operation north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, represents the next generation of oil sands mining, and is positioned to provide exciting career opportunities well into the future. No matter what your career path, we provide the platform to elevate your goals and achieve your ambitions, while providing support through wide-ranging programs and benefits.

Other considerations

For applicants selected to be interviewed, pre-employment background screening will be required.

We thank all those who apply; however, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.


Eligibility to work in Canada
All applicants who receive an offer of employment must be eligible to work in Canada on a regular full-time basis without restrictions on their start date.  Proof of eligibility shall be in the form of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship certificate, Canadian certificate of permanent residence, Canadian open work permit or receipt from Immigration Canada of an application for a post-graduate work permit . Proof of eligibility must be current and valid (not expired, cancelled or voided). Proof of eligibility will be required if an offer of employment is made. Failure to provide proof of eligibility at least six (6) weeks prior to the start date may result in the offer of employment being rescinded.


Application deadline: August 23, 2022



Imperial is committed to providing equitable treatment and equal opportunity to all individuals.

In certain situations, Imperial may use your application to consider your suitability for other positions in the company and may also provide the information to its affiliates, including affiliates of Exxon Mobil Corporation, in connection with possible opportunities at those affiliates.

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