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Senior Supervisor: Instrumentation

Job Field:
Mine Operations Jobs
Instrument Jobs, Process Control Jobs
Africa, Zambia
North Western Zambia
Contract Type:
Contract / Fixed Term
Salary Description:
on application
First Quantum Minerals
Job Ref:

To ensure the availability and efficient operation of all processing plant field Instrumentation in order to minimize production down time, and also the measuring of process parameters as per the design of the processing plant.

  • Installation of new Instrumentation, and replacement of faulty Instrumentation ensuring both company and vendor safety and quality standards are adhered to, while ensuring minimum disruption to the processing plant operation and production
  • Understand the control philosophies of high level data coding into the Processing plant PLC and SCADA systems and be able to operate Instrumentation and Control equipment being installed
  • Calibration of all field Instrumentation to the required resolution and accuracy, ensuring the correct hardwired and/or parameter settings for effective functionality with minimal disruption to the processing plant operation
  • Ensuring correctly coded parameters in the PLC and SCADA system for display on the HMI units
  • Ensure adherence to the Companies' planned and preventative maintenance schedules and procedures and develop fast reaction times for unplanned work.
  • Oversee all Instrumentation planned maintenance schedules
  • Compile all weekly, monthly and annual reports as requested and when required
  • Ensure adequate record keeping of all company and vendor related documentation
  • Manage, approve and file all Instrumentation log-sheets
  • Define the required stock levels for Instrumentation and ensure that levels are maintained and available from the warehouse
  • Oversee the correct and safe usage of all Instrumentation maintenance and workshop tools, as well as replacement of tools as and when needed
  • Manage Instrumentation team including performance management, training and development, leave management, overtime and health and safety
  • Liaise with the Control and Instrumentation Superintendent in order to provide a full range of Instrumentation and Control services to production and management teams
  • Provide training and development opportunities for all direct reports on an ongoing basis, with a particular focus on Zambian employees
  • Other duties as instructed by the Supervisor


  • National Diploma in Instrumentation or equivalent
  • Ability to setup, calibrate and maintain a wide variety of modern field Instrumentation related to processing plants
  • A member of the Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ)


  • A Minimum of 10 years relevant experience as an Instrumentation Technician, of which at least 5 of those years spent in a Senior Instrumentation Technician role in a Chemical / Mineral processing plant
  • Experience in flotation circuits, thickening processes, control of conveyor systems and milling operations
  • Experience in DCS and SCADA systems, preferably Citect SCADA, and Ethernet Networks
  • Knowledge of PLC programming and PLC hardware skills, preferably on Siemens S7series
  • Working knowledge of Field Bus systems, Profibus and Modbus will be an advantage
  • Experience in Siemens light voltage control systems and Siemens SIMO Code systems will be an advantage
  • Previous experience in IGBT controlled PWM variable speed drives will be an advantage

Behavioural Traits

  • Teamwork
  • Bold Initiative
  • Thinking Safety
  • Upholding Quality
  • Technical Skill
  • Driving Quantity
  • Driving Attendance

Operational Requirements

  • PC Literacy
  • Working under pressure
  • Fluent in English
  • Working at heights
  • Confined spaces
  • Exposure to heat / noise / chemicals / fumes / dust

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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