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Lead DCS Engineer (300 MW Coal Fired Power Plant Commissioning)

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First Quantum Minerals
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Responsible for all DCS related activities during the power plant commissioning.

We are currently building a 2 x 150 MW coal fired power plant and are searching for a highly experienced  Lead DCS Engineer to ensure a smooth start up and proper handover.

Location: Donoso  Site: Cobre Panama


Reporting to the Commissioning Manager the DCS Commissioning Lead Engineer will work as part of a DCS commissioning team to support the entire plant start-up and commissioning process for the PACO Project and will be responsible for all testing and commissioning aspects of the plant Distributed Control Systems (DCS).

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in a commissioning leadership role, follow standard engineering best practices for controls systems and provide detailed documentation upon project completion. This person will be the project DCS technical lead.


  • Work with package vendors/system test engineers to commission remote PLC systems. This include supporting the C&I testing and the commissioning of the MODBUS/TCIP, OPC, GSM protocol data links back to the DCS.
  • Monitor supplier activities and control the expenditure of TA time to stay within the budget constraints.
  • Report on and document vendor work activities on a daily basis.
  • Balance Plant and Boiler process control tuning as per site tuning procedures, including assembling test documentation and recording tuning history.
  • Provide design change notifications to reflect any changes made to system control philosophy.
  • Ensuring plant system tuning and optimisation in order to control the plant in the most efficient way and to reduce operator intervention in the day to day operations.
  • Provide assistance in the development of training material intended for the development of power plant personnel.
  • Provide input on revisions required to system descriptions, vendor operating and maintenance manuals, to ensure all such documents are consistant.
  • Review the supplied Emerson logic for compliance with best practice both within engineering and operations.
  • Ensure the logic complies with the intent of the contract and meets the various vendor requirements for safe operation.
  • Control network set-up, administration and management; scheduled maintenance of DCS servers, system back-ups & network switches and routers.
  • Prepare progress reports for project management review, describing item work-off, loop check count completion, logic check progress and upcoming activities

Minimum Requirements:

  • 10 years experience in power plant start up
  • Must have Emerson Ovation experience
  • Proven record of successfully tuning Pulverized Coal fired units
  • Possesses good communication skills, both verbal and written, in English
  • Can work with minimal supervision, be self motivated and work well under pressure
  • A formal Electrical Engineering qualification is desired
  • Prior international work is an advantage
  • Able to work flexible work hours to support project needs

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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