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Plant Controllers

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Mine Operations Jobs
Maintenance Jobs, Process Jobs, Plant Mining Jobs, Process Control Jobs
Central America, Panama
Panama All
Contract Type:
Salary Description:
First Quantum Minerals
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Reporting to the Operations Superintendent, we are searching for experienced Plant Controllers with extensive technical and operational experience across all areas of the Copper processing plant. The Plant Controller will monitor and coordinate real-time activities across the whole process plant on a continuous shift basis to maximise plant production and efficiency.

About the processing plant:

* Crushing: Technologies in this area include 4 x in-pit 63'' Primary Gyratory Crushers, 4 x 2.5 MW Cone Secondary Cone Crushers and 4 x 1 MW Pebble Crushers.

* Milling: Technologies in this area include 3 x gearless 40' SAG mills operating in SABC mode with associated 26' Ball mills; installed milling power is 150MW.

* Gold: Technologies in this area include gravity concentrators, magnetic separators, shaking tables, calcination and smelting to produce gold - silver bullion.

* Concentrator (Copper & Molybdenum): Technologies is this area include large-scale conventional flotation plant (600m3 cells), column flotation (5m diameter), 3 x 5MW vertical stirred re-grinding mills, large conventional thickeners and pressure filters.

* Services: Technologies in this area include the Reagent Management area and multiple site services including the water balance.


* Functional accountability for the continuous shift performance of the Processing Plant;
* Execute high commitment to safety, and ensure strong compliance to Safety and Environmental Management systems by shift teams;
* Ensure Safety and Environmental incidents are immediately reported, immediately controlled and appropriately escalated to relevant Superintendents & Managers;
* Drive the site equipment, people and processes on a continuous shift basis to maximise production;
* Monitor and control all plant parameters to exceed the main plant KPI's of throughput, recovery and product quality;
* Coordinate real-time plant feed rate and ore quality with Mine Captain (or via dispatch) and Ore Controllers;
* Understand and pre-empt ore attribute impacts on plant performance to optimise plant control responses;
* Ensure high utilisation of the plant 'expert' control system and other critical control loops;
* Maintain high utilisation of critical in-line instrumentation & measurement (ie PSI & OSA) for real-time performance optimisation;
* Set and maintain high standards of plant control (ie alarm management, operating by trends, PLC bypass management, downtime reason integrity etc);Execute daily operating instructions issued by day leaders (operations, metallurgists, and maintenance) and escalate when they cannot be achieved;
* Ensure all appropriate performance deviations are promptly escalated by appropriate leaders (operations and maintenance) to relevant Superintendents and Managers;
* Assist in oversight of major plant shutdowns, maintenance activities and start-ups;
* Provide performance feedback to Superintendents on Supervisors, Control Room Operators and shift teams;
* Always be contactable and be able to report detailed plant performance status;
* Maintain high level of field presence;
* Conduct and log detailed handovers and shift plant performance reports.


* Minimum of 3 years' experience in the mining, refining, resources or related industry;
* Solid experience in process engineering or equivalent;
* Must have a wide breadth of experience across all areas of a mineral processing plant;
* Ideally, field and control room experience in these areas.

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