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Instrumentation Senior Specialist – Data Systems & Control - Solwezi

Job Field:
Engineering and Mineral Processing Jobs, Mine Operations Jobs
Electrical Engineer Jobs, Electronics Jobs, Instrument and Control Jobs, Electrician Jobs, Instrument Jobs, Process Control Jobs
Africa, Zambia
Zambia All, North Western Zambia
Contract Type:
Contract / Fixed Term
Salary Description:
on application
First Quantum Minerals
Job Ref:

Location: Solwezi Site: Kansanshi

Will be responsible to execute / perform tasks related to Control & Instrumentation Systems with specific emphases on Siemens PCS 7 Multi-Project and Control Systems ( Siemens AS Stations & PLC’s, Third Party Interfaces ( Modbus / PLC’s – Step 7, TIA Portal, 300 / 400 / 1200 / 1500 Processors ), Safety PLC I/O, Data Equipment ( OS Servers, OS Clients, WebNav, OSI PI ) and Process Control Networking / Equipment ( Ethernet Terminal Bus / Plant Bus, Profibus DP, Profibus PA ) - ensuring the availability / reliability and operational efficiency of all the Process Control Systems and Field Instrumentation as per the design of the Smelter and Operation; in order to minimize production down time. This employee will be required to perform Shift / Standby Work duties from time to time, as required by the Operations / Management.

Key Responsibilities

Execute / Perform Maintenance tasks covering the entire Plant with regards to Process Control Systems & Instrumentation Systems, including the following:

Installation / Maintenance, Configuring of Field Bus Systems (Profibus / Ethernet) / Fibre Optical Systems, Siemens Scalance Networking Equipment – ensuring that both Company and Vendor Safety and Quality standards are adhered to, whilst ensuring minimum disruption to the Process Plant Operation or Production.
Performing Fault Analysis / Fault Finding of all breakdowns relating to the Process Control System (Software, Hardware and Equipment), Field Bus Systems (Profibus / Ethernet) / Fibre Optical Systems in order to eliminate re-occurrences of repetitive faults and improve Process Control System reliability and efficiency.
Perform Operational Optimization of the Process Control System in terms of Software Coding, Control Algorithms, PID Control Loop and other Complex Algorithms in conjunction with Operations, Technical and relevant Engineering Disciplines.

Adherence to FQM Business Sustainability Requirements by Managing the Process Control System Audits, Adequate Process Control Backups, Regular Functional Testing of the Process Control Back-Ups, Compliance with Siemens Licensing Protocols, Effective Control & Management of Process Control Spares, Budget Control and Cost Savings Initiatives
Adherence to the Company Planned and Preventative Maintenance Schedules / Tasks and procedures that’s applicable to the Process Control System and initiate and review the Planned / Preventative Maintenance Tasks and Schedules and the Execution thereof in area of responsibility
Adhering to the Management of Change Procedures (Plant Change Requests, Software Change Requests resulting from Plant Change Requests, Red-Lining of Process Control Documentation and Drawings - Systems / Network Drawings / Loop Drawings) in area of responsibility and provide feedback to Direct Line Supervisor
Adhere to the correct and safe usage of all Workshop Tools and PPE. Apply and Practice correct and Safe Working principles and standards during all Installation / Maintenance Tasks.
Be a Team player in the Control & Instrumentation Section and comply with all KMP / Smelter Health and Safety requirements.
Liaising with Senior Supervisors, Instrumentation Technicians and other Operational / Technical and Engineering disciplines in order to provide a full range of Control & Instrumentation Services / Support to Production, Processing Team, and other Engineering Teams.

Adherence to the Government / FQM Skills Development and Knowledge Transfer and the active participation in the Personal Development Plans of Zambian Colleagues and Sub-Ordinates
Any Other Duties, as per instruction from Direct Line Supervisor or Senior Management.

Minimum of a Degree or Diploma in Electrical / Instrumentation / Electronics, or Equivalent appropriate experience – preferably an Instrumentation Qualification and background.
Certified Profibus Engineer and Installer (Prefered, based on the Smelter Network Infra-Structure).

Minimum of 10 years’ Experience Required on Siemens PCS 7 Process Control Systems; preferably Version 8.0 and Higher.
Minimum of 5 years’ Experience Required within Instrumentation.
Must have the ability in understanding Process Control Narratives and Functional Descriptions P&ID’s, Loop Drawings, Schematic Drawings, Networking (Ethernet, Profibus, Fibre Optics) in relation to Siemens PCS 7 Process Control Systems.
Must have a High Level of Technical Skills.
Smelter Experience preferential.


Teamwork / Team Player
Dynamic and Performance Driven
Bold Initiative
Thinking Safety
Upholding Quality
Technical Skill
Driving Quantity
Driving Attendance
Very Good Communicator with strong skills / knowledge


Excellent Computer Literacy
Overtime and Standby Work applicable, when required
Fluency in English
Depth Perception
Colour Distinction
Preferable residential status, Rotation status optional.

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