Maintenance Instrumentation Practitioner (North West) needed at Samancor Chrome

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Job title : Maintenance Instrumentation Practitioner (North West)

Job Location : North West, Rustenburg

Deadline : July 13, 2024

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To safely maintain all electricals and instrumentation related equipment to ensure minimal production downtime and maximized production while utilizing automation technology to improve safety and efficiency



  • Identify and assess level of continuous risk exposures in area of responsibility by considering exposures to business, financial, legal issues, people, equipment, material, environment, processes, etc.
  • Consider the level of risk, apply mitigation and implement control measures for residual risk (set objectives, minimum requirements, etc.)
  • Comply with SHEQ requirements (SHEQ Toolbox)
  • Utilise the Integrated Management System (IMS) to initiate, investigate and report SHEQ status us


  • Ensure Customer Satisfaction
  • Understand how the operation works and the effect of electrical and instrumentation equipment on its deliverable and the way it operates and vice-a-versa
  • Proactively seek ways of improving equipment reliability, planned maintenance, electrical and instrumentation systems in the plant
  • Conduct regular scheduled plant inspections to ensure standardisation of equipment and procedures
  • Provide regular feedback with regards to team actions and performance to operational and maintenance personnel in the plant area
  • Attend plant area production and maintenance meetings on a daily basis
  • Monitoring of MES in areas of responsibility, control and report on downtime data
  • Conduct and distribute RCFA reports



  • Ensure that the SAP PM data and work management meets Samancor Chrome Standards at all times
  • Monitor corrective maintenance workload versus available manpower
  • Coach and mentor team members on effective plant maintenance management
  • Create quality awareness and quality service awareness with the team
  • Provide regular feedback to the Plant Maintenance Superintendent
  • Monitor and minimize overtime worked by team members
  • Compile and submit monthly team performance report
  • Monitor and maintain HQMS.

Plant Availability

  • Check downtime data, investigate where necessary and take corrective action
  • React swiftly to any plant stoppages involving electrical and instrumentation equipment or automation faults
  • Liaise with various departments and sections
  • Accurately file documentation for easy retrieval
  • Compile preventative maintenance schedules on electrical and instrumentation equipment
  • Authenticate PLC programs and ensure adequate back up facilities are available
  • Provide advice, training and support to team members with regards to troubleshooting and suspected automation related defects

Plant Reliability

  • Perform mean time between failures calculations and take steps to solve down-time problems
  • Facilitate the implementation of modifications according to procedures
  • Assist team members to resolve all requirements, concerns and faults within the plant
  • Plan activities required to achieve full operation on all equipment and systems
  • Monitor progress and activity on all systems, both during start up and during operation
  • Monitor data/program integrity
  • Optimise plant/process/control performance


  • Develop and present training modules to HRD standards
  • Provide specialist technical advise/assistance to team members.

Projects and Commissioning

  • Advise Engineering/Maintenance/Production departments on electrical and instrumentation related aspects
  • Plan, implement, order spares and commission assigned projects
  • Keep abreast with latest equipment/technologies/trends
  • Write specifications for stock item spares
  • Write software programs for assigned projects
  • Develop and commission approved systems
  • Develop relevant reports on installed automation and reporting systems
  • Log engineering requests on any plant deficiencies identified


  • Perform senior standby duties on designate areas from time to time
  • Report any bridging or plant stoppages during call outs immediately to the Engineer on standby
  • Inform the Maintenance Superintendent of any stoppages longer than 2 hours relating to electrical and instrumentation equipment and/or automation systems after hours
  • Provide specialized on-site assistance to electrical and instrumentation standby personnel if requested or should a call out extend longer than 3 hours

Cost Control

  • Regularly review cost reports, investigate over-expenditure and take corrective actions
  • Strive for continuous improvement of processes through implementation of cost effective technology



  • Manage continuous improvement through Operational Excellence
  • Strive for continuous improvement of processes through implementation of cost effective technology


Cost Control

  • Regularly review cost reports, investigate over-expenditure and take corrective actions
  • Strive for continuous improvement of processes through implementation of cost effective technology


  • Safety Awareness
  • Initiative
  • Managing Work
  • Results Orientation
  • Customer Focus
  • Operational Problem Solving & Decision Making
  • Work Standards
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communication
  • Flexibility
  • Contributing to Team Success
  • Business Understanding



  • Microsoft Office programs
  • Samancor Chrome Systems (IMS, EBMS, Chromedoc, SAP, Coupa, MES)
  • Fully computer literate with experience in PLC operating systems
  • Continuously improve technical ability and skills through in house training and keeping abreast with new technology


  • To keep abreast with new industry technology and innovations
  • Understand and learn PLC related automation principles and software packages
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Variable Frequency Drives
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Intelligent Electrical Relays
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Switchgear and how it is integrated with automation systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of PLC programming and integration of SCADA systems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Industrial Networking and different Industrial communication protocols
  • Demonstrate knowledge of SAP system

Closing date: 21 June 2024



  • Relevant Degree/Higher Certificate/National Diploma
  • 4 years’ relevant experience, preferably 1 year’s supervisory experience

Additional qualification:

  • PLC training and experience.

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