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Engineering Manager - Maintenance, Smelter (E)

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Mine Operations Jobs
Industrial Engineer Jobs, Maintenance Jobs, Mechanical Engineer Jobs, Mineral Processing Engineer, Maintenance Planner Jobs, Plant Mining Jobs
Africa, Zambia
Zambia All, North Western Zambia
Contract Type:
Contract / Fixed Term, Expat
Salary Description:
on application
First Quantum Minerals
Job Ref:

KMP commissioned a greenfield copper smelter March 2015. The smelter has ramped up rapidly and is currently operating at approximately 90% of nameplate capacity (1.2 Mtpa of copper concentrate). The main plant areas are: 

• Raw material receiving and blending • Isasmelt smelting furnace • Electric slag cleaning furnace • Peirce-Smith Converters (4) • Anode Furnaces (2) • Anode Casting wheels (2) • Double contact acid plant • Cryogenic oxygen plant • Plant utilities (air, fuel and water)

The engineering manager is responsible for routine maintenance, major shutdowns and continuous improvement of the smelting complex.

Location: Solwezi  Site: Kansanshi

  • Ensure that the smelter is maintained in a safe and efficient manner, resulting in achievement of safety targets, and the design availability of the plant, while effectively managing the costs. 
  • Provide technical excellence in plant maintenance.
  • Maintain and improve maintenance systems.
  • Develop and manage compliance of routine maintenance budgets.
  • Develop and manage compliance of major shutdown budgets.
  • Identify and implement plant modifications to improve the smelter's safety performance and/or operating efficiency.
  • Routinely review smelter spares holding, to ensure that adequate spares are available, without excessive wastage.
  • Plan and manage the execution of routine and major smelter maintenance shutdowns.
  • Ensure strict adherence to relevant engineering standards and practices.
  • Ensure that there is a culture of continuous improvement in the engineering team. 
  • Identify the training needs within the enginering team and implement programs to address the needs. 
  • Develop the capability of the engineering team, in particular the development of local talent.
  • Ensure that there is a sucession plan for each supervisory position in the engineering team.
  • Ensure that work standards and discipline maintained.
  • Maximise the performance of the Engineering team, by coaching and counsel as necessary.
  • Bachelor degree in Engineering or equivalent 
    (eg relevant trade experience).
  • Must be a member of EIZ.
  • At least 15 years relevant technical experience; including 5 years of management experience.
  • Have a good practical understanding of mulpiple engineering disciplines.
  • Hard working
  • Ability to develop a team
  • Ability to get the best out of people

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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