Mechanical Engineer – Durban

Job Purpose
To plan and supervise all aspects of mechanical engineering work on plant as well as service equipment, during and outside normal working hours, to enable the requirements of the Company to be achieved in an efficient and cost-effective way.
Plant maintenance has a direct impact on the Company’s ability to meet legislative, business and production capacity requirements.  Plant maintenance must be carried out in line with specified legal requirements and failure to comply will have significant business and financial consequences.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
The following list is not exhaustive and other duties and responsibilities of a similar nature may be required:
    • Maintain all plant and service equipment as per a maintenance schedule and operate a Call-Out System to provide mechanical, electrical and instrumentation support outside of core hours ensuring optimum performance of the production facilities on site.
    • Plan & supervise repairs to production equipment and site services to keep downtime to a minimum and implement plant modifications to accommodate changes in process technologies and techniques.
    • To promote a culture of continuous improvement and seek new ways to improve processes in order to maximise availability of plant and equipment, in a safe and cost-effective manner.  
    • Ensure the site maintenance network is operating safely and efficiently according to PSM, SABS, OHS Act and all relevant company, HSE and legislative requirements.
    • To follow prescribed safe systems of working at all times, ensuring adherence to all Company and legislative procedures and requirements.
    • To undertake all identified and relevant training requirements to meet Company and legislative standards and undertake training in other related activities in order to develop multi-skilling capabilities.
    • Create & supervise plant preventative maintenance procedures.
    • Modifying P&ID’s and completing equipment drawings for new projects.
    • Plan routine maintenance of plant equipment and machinery.
    • Analyse breakdowns, diagnose faults and supervise time critical equipment repairs.
    • Offer technical expertise to maintenance team.
    • Manage budget for current and future equipment upgrades and replacements.
    • Support ongoing preventative maintenance program.
    • Maintain a safety register e.g., ladders, slings, lifting equipment, pressure vessels, etc. and conduct regular audit to ensure compliance.
    • Organising routine servicing schedules & calibration of instruments.
    • Allocating work to contractors.
    • Carrying out quality inspections.
    • To perform any other tasks reasonably requested to meet business objectives.  
Skills, Knowledge & Aptitude
    • Ability to prioritise and organise a demanding workload, adapting to fit the changing needs of the business.
    • Strong communication and negotiation skills with the ability to communicate clearly and effectively – verbally and in writing – with internal and external contacts at all levels.
    • Knowledge of regulations and standards for mechanical design, specification, installation and maintenance with specific reference to hazardous area application.
    • PC proficient, with good Microsoft Office 365 skills and the ability to operate confidently in a computerised environment.
    • Previous experience of working in an engineering workshop environment.
    • Previous experience of working in hazardous area environment.
    • Heavy machinery network operation and maintenance.
    • knowledge & experience using of LEAN Manufacturing or similar techniques.
    • Knowledge and experience of AutoCAD & Solidworks.
    • Supervisory or management experience or studies.
Qualifications & Training
    • Mechanical Engineering Degree (BSc or BEng Mechanical Engineering)
    • BSc Mechanical engineering recent graduate with industrial experience
    • BEng Mechanical engineering with 1-year industrial experience
    • Experience of working in the chemical industry.