National Appointments
National Appointments is a generalist recruitment company that handles all levels of professional staff placing within most industries throughout South Africa and Africa.
We do however specialize in the Mining, Medical, Construction, Manufacturing and Finance industries.

Engineer Technical Assistant
Posted date [2018-Nov-05] (ID: 70366)

Our client, a leading Chrome Mining Group is looking for a Junior Technical Assistant Engineer with limited experience who can be successfully coached into an Engineer position at their ECM facility in Steelpoort in Mpumalanga.



To be developed in the field of engineering by undertaking to complete appropriate training and development initiatives and projects which will lead to the incumbent to drive the overall management, direction and continuous improvement of the Asset Capability Assurance process in a safe manner, through clearly defined strategies and objectives for maintenance of plant, equipment & facilities and shutdowns



Degree or National Diploma

Government Certificate of Competency (Mines & Works)

Medical fitness as per organisational requirements






Manage SHEQ compliance within the Section through effective use of the Toolbox

Utilise the Information Management System (IMS) to initiate, investigate and report SHEQ status.

Perform legal inspections as directed by the 2.13.1. Engineer



Manage the Section:

Ensure an enabling climate/culture

Manage labour stability by minimising labour turnover

Labour complement in line with budget

Achieve HDSA/Female targets for the Section

Manage performance against set targets and competencies

Ensure IDP’s are linked to performance results and implemented as per plan

Conduct career discussions and implement actions with all identified talent (quarterly)

Ensure discipline is maintained (absenteeism, lateness, overtime, misconduct, etc.)

Coach and counsel people to ensure improved performance levels

Conduct recruitment interviews



Jointly define annual Service Level Agreements with maintenance production personnel.

Put systems and controls in place that will ensure that the engineering departments on all the sites is maintained: at specified performance and within prescribed technical & legal requirements, that will permit a safe and environmentally acceptable operation, and to meet the required production-rated capacity at minimum life cycle costs




Maintenance Support:

Define equipment criticality using a risk matrix

Define and manage the overall maintenance strategy for all the sites


Solve problems and implement solutions:

Perform RCFA on repetitive failures and ensure that outcomes of RCA’s are evaluated for their business case, implemented as applicable and are sustainable

Select equipment vendors as per maintenance standards


Work execution:

Perform planned job observations

Document and review the plant and equipment maintenance strategy for all sites on an annual basis to ensure that it is aligned with the business plan

Ensure strict adherence to maintenance work management principles (percent planned work, adherence to schedule, number of breakdowns,

number of proactive requests) to obtain maximum availability at minimum maintenance cost per unit produced

Manage the Engineering Assets to ensure that they produce at their designed capacity and are periodically refurbished to their original condition to ensure optimal life

Ensure strict adherence to the relevant engineering standards and specifications

Periodically audit the asset and documentation to obtain maximum standardisation of spares and new plant installations on the sites


Work Analysis:

Interrogate non-published reports standard

Investigate & communicate Commercial Exceptions

Follow up warranty claims on component failures on high criticality equipment


Contractor Management:

Approve the use of contractor Artisans



Manage Continuous Improvement through Operational Excellence

Foster a climate of continuous improvement in the maintenance team

Develop the capability of the maintenance organisation for the business unit




Prepare Maintenance budget per equipment

Consolidate Maintenance budget for all sites

Monitor all sites Maintenance budget

Action variances of actual to planned costs

Monitor Over/Under Maintenance



Behavioural Competencies:

Safety Leadership



Planning, Organising & Control

Results Orientation

Problem Solving & Decision Making

Aligning Performance for Success


Change Leadership

Building Strong Teams

Business Acumen

Job Title Engineer Technical Assistant
Post Details
Posted By National Appointments
Job Function Mining Engineering Duties
Start Date Asap
Salary R940k per annum
Location Steelpoort
Phone No 0827907022
Email nationalapp(at)
Deadline 2018-Nov-29
Region Location -> Mpumalanga
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time Jobs
Classification Job Classification -> Engineering

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