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Power Plant Operations Process Engineer

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs
Construction Jobs, Instrument and Control Jobs, Mine Operation Jobs, Mineral Processing Engineer, Process Jobs
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Contract Type:
Full Time / Permanent
Salary Description:
on application
First Quantum Minerals
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Reporting to the Power Plant Operations Manager, the Process Engineer will lead effort of plant operations to improve plant safety, reliability, financial performance and ease of operation through proper application of the Instrumentation and Controls systems provided.

Location: Donoso  Site: Cobre Panama

Role and Responsibilities:

The Power Plant Operations Process Engineer's duties and responsibilities will include the following:

  • Perform all duties assigned in a safe and professional manner. Be guided in all work by the precept that safety of personnel and equipment is a top corporate priority.
  • During construction assist as required with the effort to correctly inspect, calibrate, repair, refurbish install all plant instrumentation. Monitor installation of all plant instrumentation to ensure that it is installed as designed and per best industry practices.
  • Assist with training of plant operations and maintenance personnel in all aspects of I&C installation, testing, repair and operation.
  • Assist Startup and Commissioning effort as requested under the direct control of the Commissioning Manager.

As plant approaches operational status transition to ongoing duties:

  • Lead effort of plant operations to improve plant safety, reliability, financial performance and ease of operation through proper application of the Instrumentation and Controls systems provided.
  • Determine the expected operational parameters for all plant systems and document the basis for these parameters.
  • Set up automatic systems to gather and correlate all operational data on a real time basis. System should then compare instantaneous data and trends, both short and long term, to required parameters and provide appropriate feedback to operations management.
  • Evaluate all performance parameter trends to identify any decrease in plant performance and then determine the root causes. Provide these evaluations to plant management with recommendations concerning the situation as it currently exists, and any forecast of the future impacts that might reasonably be expected.
  • If possible provide options which would result in the return of the system to its preferred operating performance levels.
  • Review control system documentation on a regular basis to ensure that any and all changes are being correctly designed, tested, implemented and operationally tested per corporate guidelines and best industry practices.
    Provide recommendations to plant management to remedy any deficiencies and to incorporate any process improvements that are developed over time.
  • Recommend and lead the design and testing of controls systems modifications that would contribute to successful power plant operation. Assist as required with the implementation of these changes.
  • Daily check of all process data collection system inputs to ensure that actual plant operating conditions are being correctly gathered.
  • Review routine required calibration logs and any non-routine calibrations to ensure that plant instrumentation is being maintained at an acceptable level.
  • Recommend any modifications to the plant instrumentation that would improve the quality of data gathered and allow more accurate monitoring and control of the plant. Lead role in development of economic justification and budget for such projects.
  • Observe and document plant operations and maintenance work on a regular basis to verify that all instrumentation is being correctly maintained.
  • Monitor and analyze human factors involved with plant operations relating to I&C interfaces. Proactively identify improvements that could reduce the possibility of operator error and increase operator productivity.
  • Supervise the work of a Jr. Process Engineer. Provide guidance, mentoring and on the job training as required to increase capabilities and productivity of junior member.
  • Monitor the productivity and workmanship quality of any outside I&C personnel working at the plant, especially those directly involved with the controls systems.
  • Assist plant line operations personnel with the resolution of any controls issues encountered on a daily basis.
  • Assist with root cause investigations of any operational incidents and assume a lead role if there is any evidence that would suggest I&C issues were a primary or contributing factor.
  • Recommend any control system upgrades as necessary and assist with planning, scheduling, and execution of these modifications.
  • Assist with planning and coordination of all activities affecting the instrumentation and controls system during plant planned outages and overhauls. Monitor work in progress and inspect I&C components as work is being completed in all areas to identify deficiencies caused by outage work.
  • Assist with training of operations personnel on an ongoing basis to increase understanding of plant functions and I&C systems in particular. Goal is to constantly increase the expertise and capabilities of personnel in executing their assigned duties within their authorized limits.
  • Responsible for ensuring all work performed is documented per corporate requirements and analyzed for ongoing trends that could affect plant availability and performance.
  • Understand the concepts of routine, preventative, and predictive maintenance and provide management with detailed recommendations of how they can best be applied to the plant I&C system in particular and plant equipment in general.

Qualifications, Experience and Education Requirements:

  • Excellent understanding of industry best practices relating to instrumentation and control of a power plant or facility of this size, complexity and contribution to corporate financial performance.
  • Previous experience with Emerson DCS and Allen Bradley PLC's highly preferred.
  • 5 years or more satisfactory experience as a lead Process Controls Engineer or position with similar role and responsibilities.
  • 10 years or more experience in I&C work including extensive DCS and PLC digital controls experience.
  • Professional licenses and documented controls system training highly preferred.
  • Expertise with digital control systems and communication interfaces required.
  • Good communication and organizational skills.
  • Associate or Bachelors degree involving extensive instrumentation and process controls work highly preferred but not required.
  • Previous extended tours of work in man camp/remote access locations.
  • Computer literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, tracking and systems analysis software.
  • Good English communication skills; Spanish working knowledge/fluency highly preferred, Working knowledge of Korean highly preferred.
  • Experience working within multi-cultural environments a definite plus.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has grown from a small mineral operation in Zambia into a multinational mining business in less than two decades, with a global portfolio of copper and nickel assets in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. This phenomenal growth is down to FQM people who have strived to be Bolder, Smarter and Driven in everything they do.

In March 2013, First Quantum Minerals acquired Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company primarily producing copper and zinc from mines in Finland, Spain and Turkey, with also a major copper deposit under development in Panama, known as Cobre Panama. The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-quality operations and development projects in eight countries across five continents.

With a strategic plan to produce more than 1.3 million tonnes per annum of copper within five years, the Company is poised to become the largest, widely-held pure-play copper producer and one of the top five copper producers in the world.

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