11 Jun 2019

Auto Electrical – Technical Advisor at First Quantum Minerals Ltd

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First Quantum Minerals Ltd. has grown from a small mineral operation in Zambia into a multinational mining business in less than two decades, with a global portfolio of copper and nickel assets in Europe, Africa, Australia and South America. This phenomenal growth is down to FQM people who have strived to be Bolder, Smarter and Driven in everything they do.

In March 2013, First Quantum Minerals acquired Inmet Mining Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company primarily producing copper and zinc from mines in Finland, Spain and Turkey, with also a major copper deposit under development in Panama, known as Cobre Panama. The combination of the First Quantum and Inmet assets has created one of the world’s leading copper producers with a geographically diversified portfolio of high-quality operations and development projects in eight countries across five continents.

With a strategic plan to produce more than 1 million tonnes per annum of copper within five years, the Company is poised to become the largest, widely-held pure-play copper producer and one of the top five copper producers in the world.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Adhere to safe working procedures for all work areas and keep a good safety culture.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring for your subordinates, including on-going training and development.
  • Ensure your teams work is of the highest quality with minimal to no re-work, all work areas are free from hazards and maintained to a high standard.
  • Ensure maximum equipment availability
  • Diagnostic fault finding on mechanical, electrical and instrumentation systems
  • Carry out routine maintenance and repairs to the mining fleet, while training subordinate employees
  • Repairing equipment, identifying and scheduling future planned repairs.
  • Work closely with planners and contribute to preventative maintenance and continuous improvement going forward
  • Ability to use robot-cause analysis tools in investigating breakdowns and sub-standard performance of equipment.
  • Perform inspections on completed jobs
  • Maintain a high standard of housekeeping at all times


  • Experience in mining or other heavy duty industry
  • Auto Electrical trade qualification
  • Minimum of 5-8 years’ experience in a maintenance technical adviser role

Experience & Skills:

  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience in heavy mechanical / Electrical equipment
  • Solid experience across a broad range of large mining equipment: Liebherr 9100 & 9250, Komatsu PC5500-6 excavators, D25K Drills
  • Experience with 24vdc circuit controls and automation system, software and hardware
  • Strong focus on continuous improvement
  • Good understanding of production and maintenance priority of large scale mining equipment
  • Experience with work permit systems and safe work procedures to control maintenance activities and manage hazards associated with mining industry
  • Follow the FQML way- bolder, smarter, driven

Behavioural Traits:

  • Ability to mentor local workforce
  • Very good problem solving skills
  • Good communication skills who gives clear, concise instructions
  • Thinking safety first
  • Honesty
  • Technical skills
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