Mine Engineering Manager - Monticello Mines
Luminant - Texas

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Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings , formerly TXU Corp., is the largest competitive power generation business in Texas. Its operations also include mining, wholesale marketing and trading, and development. Luminant has more than 15,400 megawatts of generation, including 2,300 MW fueled by nuclear power and 8,000 MW fueled by coal. The company is one of the largest purchasers of wind-generated electricity in Texas and the nation. Luminant has mined and restored over 60,000 acres and planted over 25 million trees in a land-reclamation program that has been recognized with over 120 awards for environmental conservation. At Luminant, we are committed to improving our environment by serving our customers and communities through more efficient- and cleaner sources of energy. We are also committed to our values of honesty and integrity, mutual respect, innovation, competitive spirit and diversity.


This position is responsible for the overall management of the engineering department at a 3.0 to 5.0 million ton per year mine complex (such as Monticello and Big Brown). The incumbent manages the engineering group through effectively utilizing personnel, equipment and other resources in a safe, reliable, efficient, environmentally sound and cost effective manner in support of the business unit's performance measures.

Key Roles & Responsibilities Other duties may be assigned. Directly or through others, the incumbent will:
  • Implement and enforce safety policy and procedures to ensure a safe working environment and increase employee safety awareness.
  • Manage the local mine planning function from the current through five-year time frame for a single dragline, and/or Truck Shovel Operation. This includes extensive communication with the individual mine sites on setting parameters, scheduling major equipment outages, and establishing future targets. Scheduling of weekly and monthly mine planning meetings are coordinated through this function and are utilized to update the plan and improve production. Extensive, detailed mine planning methods and procedures are investigated to optimize the mine operation. Mine cost analysis is heavily integrated into all future plans and methods to optimize the mining operations at the least cost. Current and future deposits are analyzed utilizing geologic drilling and exploration modeling to determine economic viability.
  • Manage the applications efforts including the surveying of all production quantities and preparation of all daily, weekly, monthly, and annual reports. Measure lignite volumes for royalty quantities and reporting. Survey and set control for various mine structures and facilities in support of the operation.
  • Manage the construction effort of all mine structures to ensure that mine production can be carried out efficiently and economically. The structures include ponds, roads, and diversions and public road relocations. In-depth analysis of structure placement and alignment are utilized to maximize coal recovery. Detailed cost analysis is performed to set budget targets and manage the projects. Supervision of the projects including contractors is carried out by this function.
  • Manage the environmental effort to meet all permit requirements and eliminate compliance issues. This includes meeting with various agencies including the Railroad Commission of Texas to communicate and find solutions for environmental permit issues. Manage the reclamation contractor to achieve cost-effective reclamation operations and stay within budget constraints. Ensure that protected sites including historic and cultural value are managed and controlled.
  • Manage and coordinate site mine permit activities. This includes field investigations, surveying, and analysis to develop information to be included in various permits primarily with the Railroad Commission of Texas. This includes extensive communication with various groups including mine management, environmental department, and the mine permitting representatives in the engineering support group. Occasional meetings with RCT representatives in Austin and the mine sites are coordinated and conducted to secure approvals.
  • Manage the utility relocation effort for the mine complex. Relocations include plugging and mining over producing oil and gas wells, relocation of natural gas pipelines, relocation of power lines, water lines and telephone lines. Generally few relocations and well mine over activities in any given year.
  • Manage the fuel quality planning process. This includes the development of the daily haul plan to meet plant requirements for lignite BTU and SO2 by working with mine operations to blend multiple seams. Close coordination is required with the railroad, plant operations and the mine operations to develop and communicate the daily plan. Additional responsibilities include working with the plant to manage the western coal burn to achieve annual targets established for the plant and mine complex.
  • Recruit and hire various positions within the mine engineering department including supervisors, engineers, technicians, and environmental specialists. This includes conducting campus interviews, coordination of site field visit and interviews, and extending employment offers.
  • Meet with government entities including County Judges and Commissioners, Texas Department of Transportation officials, and Railroad Commission of Texas officials to acquire approval for various road projects and permits. This includes oversight and preparation of various orders and agreements to secure approval. Occasionally will conduct public meetings with government officials to communicate project scope and needs.
  • Meet with individuals and groups from the public over complaints and concerns stemming from the present or future mining operations. Communicate with mine management about the issues and options and then meet with affected parties to implement solutions.
  • Lead a workgroup of approximately 19 Supervisory, Exempt, Technical and Administrative personnel.
  • Manage contractor activities consisting of 30 contractor employees.
  • Manage the mine engineering department within the approved budget.
O&M approximately $5.0 million

Capital budget approximately $1- 15 million per year.
  • Interfaces with Real Estate on property purchases and row acquisitions to ensure continuation of operations.
  • Interfaces with the Dallas Permitting group to insure compliance and timely permit and design submittals.
  • Participate in numerous other special projects and committee assignments to improve processes and enhance productivity.
  • Manage a diverse work force utilizing company policy and work rules to ensure fair and consistent treatment of all individuals.
  • Effectively interface with support staff, other mine engineering managers, and TXU personnel to ensure consistent work practices and sharing of knowledge to optimize efforts in providing engineering services.
  • Manage mine engineering department within budget targets.

Education, Experience, & Skill Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or related experience that promotes development in the areas described by the major accountabilities and key competencies of this job.
  • P.E. License in Texas preferred or ability to obtain within 12 – 18 months of accepting the position
  • Thorough knowledge of mining industry regulatory requirements.
  • Previous mine reclamation or environmental experience preferred
  • Experience and demonstrated effectiveness in supervising technical and supervisory employees.
  • Demonstrates awareness of conditions and actions that affect employee, mine, and public safety.
  • Related management experience that promotes development in the areas described by the major accountabilities and key competencies of this job.
  • Demonstrated experience in leadership and high standards of performance. Demonstrated interpersonal skills, communication skills, and team building skills.
  • Knowledge of Company policies, values, and objectives and demonstrated experience in accomplishing these objectives and implementing Company policies.
  • Must be able to effectively communicate with bargaining unit, local citizens, and neighbors.
  • Requires ability to manage budgets.
  • Requires high degree of problem solving skills

Measures of Success
  • Develops and manages Capital and O&M budgets to ensure that they support the near and long-term mine objectives as defined by the business plan. Also, as appropriate, manages the adjustment of the budgets as deemed necessary due to unplanned events in the TXU Power business unit.

It is the policy of Energy Future Holdings, Luminant, and TXU Energy to comply with all employment laws and to afford equal employment opportunity to individuals in all aspects of employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, military service, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected under the law.

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