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Senior Metallurgists

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Mine Operations Jobs
Chemical Engineer Jobs, Metallurgist Jobs, Mineral Processing Engineer, Process Jobs, Plant Mining Jobs
Central America, Panama
Panama All
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Salary Description:
First Quantum Minerals
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Reporting to the Chief Metallurgist, we are looking for Senior Metallurgists with extensive technical experience across all areas of Copper processing plant. Specific roles include:

* Senior Metallurgist - Comminution
* Senior Metallurgist - Copper Flotation
* Senior Metallurgist - Molybdenum Flotation
* Senior Metallurgist - Process Control

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.


* The roles have accountability for the optimisation of the metallurgical process including production, recovery, reagents and consumptions;
* Maintain HSE standards and ensure strict compliance within their sections;
* Define and implement the metallurgical process strategies associated with their section;
* Consistently deliver and exceed the main KPI's;
* Directly participate in the daily & weekly work activities of the processing plant, serving as technical support to operations personnel to enhance performance;
* Monitor, analyse, control and report on process performance indicators (including in-plant sampling & results);
* Conduct troubleshooting and detailed data analysis to identify root causes and corrective actions for poor plant performance;
* Coordinate surveys, plant field trials and metallurgical test-work to evaluate circuit performance and recommend ways of improving performance;
* Document and maintain a database of all plant trials, including parameter changes and plant responses;
* Maintain and routinely communicate a database of critical metallurgical values;
* Issue to and follow up on Daily Operating Instructions to the shift teams on key process parameters, trials, tasks and considerations;
* Active involvement in the commissioning of new projects;
* Define process control philosophies and collaborate with Control Engineers to implement, tune and maintain the resultant control systems;
* Define and monitor utilisation of the 'expert' control system;
* Own the process functionality and utilisation of critical in-line instrumentation & measurements;
* Manage the interaction between the Processing and other departments on key KPI's;
* Ensure cost management is part of on-going decision-making.


* A Tertiary Qualification in Chemical Engineering, Extractive Metallurgy or Mineral Processing or related field;
* A minimum of 5 years' experience in large, complex metallurgical process operations;
* Direct experience in plant technical metallurgist / engineering roles with specific experience in base metal crushing, milling & flotation.

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