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Title:  Draftsman/Surveyor

Req ID:  1913
City:  Adger
State:  AL
Country/Region:  US
Postal Code:  35006
Department:  Surveying

Site: Shoal Creek


About the role:

We are currently seeking a Drafter / Surveyor to join our Engineering team at our Shoal Creek Mine, located in Oakman, Alabama. Peabody’s Shoal Creek Mine has a safety-first culture and strives to have zero recordable MSHA injuries/incidents. Shoal Creek Mine is one of the deepest underground coal mines in the United States. Located on the Black Warrior River, this site produces one of the highest qualities of met coal in the United States. With nine-foot-tall workings, a brand-new longwall, and 15+ years of projected coal reserves, Shoal Creek mine is an ideal place to work.  


Located in between Jefferson, Walker, and Tuscaloosa counties in Alabama, this area offers beautiful rivers and lakes, landscapes, and rolling hills at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains. Oakman is about an hour from Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, both of which provide diverse, family-friendly communities with something for everyone, such as vibrant downtowns, safe, friendly neighborhoods, and excellent schools, including the University of Alabama and other area colleges.


Peabody’s Shoal Creek Mine has a safety-first culture and strives to have zero recordable MSHA injuries/incidents.



The Drafter / Surveyor will provide support in the planning and coordination of projects involving engineering, surveying, mapping, and report development for existing mines, future mines, construction projects and other special projects, as needed, to assisting in achieving the safety and financial goals and objectives of the Company.


Duties will include:

  • Develop and maintain maps for mine planning, quality evaluations, property control, and permitting for all active, proposed, and closed mining operations.
  • Accurately perform or assist in the gathering and recording of production and engineering data.
  • Aid in the performance of any surveying required for all active, proposed, or closed mining operations including, but not limited to, mine layout, pit locations, drainage control, new construction, road layouts, property corners, and drill-hole locations.
  • Accurately translate survey data into AutoCAD/SurvCADD to develop maps, cross-sections, and volumetric calculations.
  • Inspect impoundments, culverts, roadways, etc, and develop written reports on all inspections.
  • Assist the Engineering Department in the development of special projects as needed.
  • Demonstrate leadership by example in complying with all Company, State, and Federal policies, procedures, laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate high safety standards and be an ambassador for “Safety:  A Way of Life” (SAWOL).
  • Travel to site as necessary.
  • Willing and available to work extended hours as needed.


The Lifestyle:

This position may require you to work various shifts (day, evening, and nights) with weekends and deemed necessary. We provide 401K matching, medical, dental and vision health plans with minimal cost to the employee. Benefit eligibility and PTO starts on your first day of work.


About you:

  • Be highly self-motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be willing to work any shift, and on scheduled weekends.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with all management levels, intercompany departments, and mine operations personnel.
  • An associate degree in technology, Surveying or Mining/Civil Engineering is required (equivalent work experience will be considered).
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience in coal mine related engineering is preferred.
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD/SurvCADD, Word and Excel are required.
  • Experienced in working with survey data to develop base mapping for mine related operations.
  • Ability to operate GPS and other traditional surveying equipment is desired.
  • Must have a high level of skills in mathematics.


Physical Requirements - Underground Environment

  • Must have ability to stand for prolonged periods of time on uneven, rocky surfaces.
  • Must have ability to be seated for up to 4 hours to operate equipment or vehicles.
  • Must have ability to walk for up to 4 hours at a time. Will be required to walk through different sections of the mine with varying degrees of clearance and headroom.
  • Walking ability will be judged according to SCSR emergency evacuation plan required and approved by MSHA.
  • Must have ability to wear required protective footwear, hearing and eye protection, and other personal protective equipment as required by Company and MSHA.
  • Must have ability to bend or stoop for a full work period as a result of mine height.
  • Must have ability to climb up and down stairs/steps and climb on and off equipment and ladders.
  • Must have ability to perform repetitive hand and wrist motions (push, pull, twist, handle), and have rapid reflex movements of the arms and legs as well as good hand to eye coordination.
  • Must have ability to lift 25 to 50 pounds on a frequent basis and the ability to occasionally lift items weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Must have ability to work in extreme conditions, including but not limited to changing weather conditions, dust, mud, varying levels of noise from low to high decibels, varying degrees of light and dark, in and around artificial light and in a confined work area.


This is a Safety Sensitive Role. Individuals in safety sensitive roles (i.e., role where impaired performance could credibly result in fatality or permanently disabling injury), with or without an accommodation cannot have:


  • an uncontrolled condition which is likely to cause loss of consciousness or ability to control a motor vehicle or other large machinery.
  • an uncontrolled respiratory or cardiac dysfunction likely to interfere with the ability to operate a motor vehicle or other large machinery.
  • a current clinical diagnosis of high blood pressure likely to interfere with ability to operate a motor vehicle or other large machinery.
  • or a current or unregulated mental or psychiatric disorder likely to interfere with ability to drive a motor vehicle or other large machinery.


The above stated requirements are aimed at reducing significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of employees and others and are subject to providing reasonable accommodations.


In addition, individuals must meet the minimum vison and hearing requirements to fulfil a safety sensitive role:

  • At least 20/40 acuity (Snellen) in each eye with or without correction. At least 70° field of vision in horizontal meridian measured in each eye. The use of corrective lenses should be noted on the Medical Examiner's Certificate.
  • No more than 40dB average hearing loss in better ear (with or without hearing aid).


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; an employee will also perform other related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required. Peabody reserves the right to revise job descriptions or change and/or modify job responsibilities, functions and requirements as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


About Peabody:

Peabody is a leading coal producer, providing essential products for the production of affordable, reliable energy & steel. We employ approximately 5,500 people across our operations in the United States & Australia, serving customers in 26 countries.


Our commitment to sustainability underpins everything we do and shapes our strategy for the future.

People are at the core of Peabody's ability to deliver business results & serve our communities & we offer an inclusive work environment that engages, recognizes, and develops it employees. We strive to create a safe and healthy work culture where all employees are treated with fairness and respect are supported and engaged.


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EEO Disclaimer: Peabody Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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