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Plant Mechanical Engineer Needed

Plant Mechanical Engineer Needed

Plant Mechanical Engineer Needed

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”. Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results. Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.

Job description:

Overall Job Purpose:

This role will be responsible for assisting in establishing of preventative and responsive Mechanical maintenance and development within the process area and across the Process Plant [specifically “dry ore” crushing], to ensure maximum operational performance is achieved in a safe and cost effective manner while ensuring compliance with relevant procedures, polices, legal requirements and consent conditions.

Specific Job Responsibility:

  • To keep all mechanical documents (including drawings) updated and comply with the Zambian statutory regulations.
  • To give guidance and Engineering support to the various Mechanical departments to improve equipment availability.
  • You will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by the company and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function.
  • Installation of new Mechanical systems, replacement of old, faulty or redundant Mechanical systems as per the Company and vendor’s safety and quality specifications.
  • Ensure that all condition monitoring results are analysed and implemented in the execution of said tasks
  • Ensure that all Mechanical equipment have the correct hardware interlock and safety parameter settings for effective and safe operation.
  • Adhere to the companies planned and preventative maintenance schedules and procedures.
  • Report all incidents immediately to the Superintendent.
  • Ensure that all Safety logbooks are checked and signed according to the procedure.
  • Ensure that stock levels of Mechanical spares and necessary sub-assemblies are readily available and maintained in the warehouse and report all defective or substandard equipment to your Superintendent.
  • Maintain the correct and safe usage of all hand tools within your section
  • Report all defective tools; inspect, record and control all replacement of tools.
  • Identify needs for specialised training requirements within your area.
  • Any other duties as directed by your supervisor.

Job Specific Competencies:

  • Ability to troubleshoot and diagnose problems related to Mechanical failures.
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely and improve team safety awareness.
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of primary gyratory crushers, overland conveyors and all associated equipment.
  • Experience in the operation and maintenance of secondary and pebble cone crushers with all associated equipment.
  • Demonstrated application of continuous improvement ideas.
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely and improve team safety awareness.
  • Participate and contribute in safe practice and environment awareness
  • Raise, discuss and resolve safety issues at regular meetings.
  • Identify safety hazards and rectify/control.
  • Adhere to and enforce all aspects of the company’s health, safety and environmental policies and procedures.
  • Access safety hazard reports and follow up on corrective actions.
  • Run safety meeting /toolbox talks on a daily basis.
  • Performance management to achieve KPIs.
  • Assist Mechanical planner with planning of equipment maintenance.
  • Ensuring that all tasks are carried out in safe and efficient manner, to assure maximum reliability and policies and procedures.
  • Achieving results through prioritizing activities, monitoring the progress of assignments, holding oneself accountable for the results.
  • Maintain a high standard of efficiency, safety and effectiveness.
  • Planning & assisting in laying out of work on new project.
  • Ensuring maximum plant availability at all times.
  • A proven ability to work with other disciplines to achieve minimal disruption to plant operating times.
  • Demonstrate personal commitment in regards to safety and environmental practices.
  • Key Job Attributes:
  • Good Leadership qualities – Bolder, Smarter, Driven.
  • Ability to motivate oneself and others.
  • Ability to quickly adapt to changes in the workplace
  • Ability to manage projects
  • Result oriented
  • Demonstrate Initiative
  • Ability to make decisions

Experience required to perform in this job:

  • Minimum three years’ experience in a Mining environment working as a Mechanical Engineer (preferably on dry ore / crushing plants).
  • Knowledge of SAG and Ball milling circuits would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge of Flotation circuit including flotation cells would be beneficial.
  • In detail knowledge of the mining regulations is essential.
  • Knowledge of condition monitoring strategies.
  • Knowledge of Thickening and concentrate filtration.
  • Knowledge of piping and pumping systems.
  • Knowledge of filtration systems.
  • Knowledge of Hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Maintenance and statutory testing of overhead cranes.
  • Knowledge of gearless, gear boxes and pulley systems.
  • Good knowledge on the use of Mechanical measuring instruments.
  • Reading Mechanical drawings.
  • Computer literate.
  • Must be able to groom up new Mechanical personnel to high standard.


  • Grade 12 Certificate.
  • Degree in Mechanical Engineering or its equivalent.
  • Experience in mine site maintenance and project management.
  • Valid Zambian drivers License
  • Member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ).
  • Member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (ERB).

Method of application

Submit your CV and application on company website:

Application deadline
4 Oct 10:15

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