First Quantum Minerals Ltd
First Quantum Minerals Ltd
Posted Job
over 1 year ago

Instrumentation Senior Specialist – Data Systems & Control

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

  • This position will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by the company and relevant to the level and responsibilities of the function role.
  • 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).
  • Experience
  • 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.

Behavioural Traits

  • 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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First Quantum Minerals Ltd
Mining enterprises
Drilling and Exploration
Mining processing and refining
Mining engineering
Founded in 1996, this company's operating platform currently consists of seven mines and one copper smelter across six countries: Kansanshi mine in Zambia, Guelb Moghrein in Mauritania, Las Cruces in Spain, Pyhäsalmi in Finland, Ravensthorpe in Australia and Çayeli in Turkey. First Quantum Minerals is uniquely positioned with a successful exploration program, an industry-leading project development track record, tier-one operating assets, an attractive project pipeline and good investment opportunities.

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