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Process Control Metallurgist

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Mine Operations Jobs
Metallurgist Jobs, Mineral Processing Engineer, Process Jobs, Process Control Jobs
Africa, Zambia
Zambia All
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Salary Description:
First Quantum Minerals
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* A Tertiary Qualification in Extractive Metallurgy, Mineral Processing, Control systems or related;
* Eligibility for membership of the Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) and to hold legal appointment as defined by the Mining Regulations f Zambia.

Core Specific Responsibilities:

* Understand and execute accountabilities of legal appointment under Zambian Mining Regulations;
* Maintain HSE standards for self and team; including toolbox talk, planned tasks observation, "Stop, Think and Coach", hazard identification and reporting etc;
* Ensure all Safety and Environmental incidents are addressed & reported promptly;
* The physical equipment responsibilities of the Process Control Team, of which some will be allocated to the Process Control Engineer consist of but not limited to:

On- stream Analyser calibration and maintenance

Sampling system operation and optimization

Particle Size Analyser calibration and maintenance

Conveyor cameras calibration and maintenance

Flotation cell cameras calibration and maintenance

* Assist the Control Room operators to maximize their utilization and performance in using the PCS7 plant control system (DCS);
* Creation, Modification and Update of Control Room specific dashboards;
* Manage and optimize the downtime reporting system;
* Provide and analyse operating and downtime data as per requirments for others and for self.
* Develop, expand and tunethe installed SGS expert system;
* Ensure the control room team operates the plant 'expert' control system, maintaining high utilization;
* Assist in the Continuous Improvement philosophy of the Process team;
* Provide the Pocess interface support to the software engineer with regards to DCS, including but not limited to control loop tuning, alarm management ect.
* Consistently deliver and exceed the main KPI's of plant throughput, utilization and recovery;
* Monitor, control and report on performance indicators, plant activities and operational shorfalls;
* Ensure the control room team operaties the critical in line instrumentation & measuremets (ie PSI & OSA), for real-time performance optimization;
* Ensure cost consideration taken with all decisions;
* Lead work with the FQM Way culture in the Control Room team- "Smarter, Bolder, Driven"
* Perform any other duties as assigned by the Chief Process Control Engineer.

Behavioural Traits:

* Strong commitment to SHEC performance;
* Strong drive and personal sense of ownership and accountability;
* Excellent cognitive and analytical skills for identifying process shortfalls, equipment bottlenecks and implementing corrective and preventative action plans;
* Possess ability to analyse and understand complex metallurgical information;
* Strong understanding of metallurgical process improvement and control strategies;
* Possess the management discipline and perseverance to develop and implement medium to long term plans;
* Excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to assemble data and provide clear and curate operational performance reports in both an upward and downward direction;
* Ability to maintain self- discipline within a stressful environment;
* Displays strong initiative and spirit for continuous improvement;
* Be diligent and thorough in approach;
* Self- assertive;
* Be enthusiastic and pro-active in manner;
* Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.

Knowledge and experience required to perform in this job:

* A minimum of 5 years of direct experience in technical and/or operational roles of metallurgical circuits;
* A minimum of 2 years' experience as a Process Engineer;
* Significant experience in a large, complex base metals processing plant(s);
* Preferably experienced in the copper circuits;
* Microsoft Office suite, Visual Basic and DCS fluency is a must;
* English language fluency;
* Exposure to minerals processing plant design or metallurgical optimization;
* Knowledge of SGS expert system and SQL is a plus;
* Strong analytical and statistical skills is a plus;
* Previous Experience with Siemens PCS 7 DCS systems is not required but will be advantageous.

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