Underground Fixed Plant Mechanical Technician - Newmont Mining Corporation



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Newmont Mining Corporation is a leading global gold producer with key assets in Nevada, Peru, Australia, Ghana and Suriname.

Newmont’s Africa Operations holds two gold mining operations in Ghana: the Ahafo Mine located in the Brong-Ahafo region and the Akyem Mine located in the Eastern region. There is also near mine exploration and development focus in Ghana to annually replace gold reserves. Newmont Africa also has early-stage exploration programs in the African countries of Ethiopia and Morocco.

Our Africa operations employ approximately 5,900 employees and contractors, with the majority working at the Ahafo Mine. We offer an unparalleled blend of opportunity and career satisfaction with all the benefits you would expect from a global company. This, combined with our growth opportunities, makes Newmont a great company to work for.

Our Akyem and Ahafo mines have made significant sustainable community development investments in our host communities. These include establishing Development Funds at our Akyem and Ahafo operational areas with each mine contributing US$1 per ounce of gold sold and 1% of net pre-tax annual profit into its community development fund.

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The only gold company listed in the S&P 500 index, Newmont 2007 became the first gold company selected to be part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. Newmont’s industry-leading performance is reflected through our Africa operations’ high standards in environmental management, health and safety for our workforce and creating value and opportunity for our employees, host communities and Newmont’s shareholders.

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About This Role

  • To conduct mechanical maintenance activities for the underground mine with the aims of ensuring equipment is maintained in a fit for purpose and safe condition, delivering optimum plant and equipment availability, minimizing unplanned maintenance tasks and reducing maintenance costs.

In This Role, You Will

General Mechanical Maintenance duties

  • Actively participate in mechanical maintenance activities to ensure the provision of maintenance services that meet the business requirements of the underground mine.
  • Perform servicing, maintenance and repair on all mechanical plant and equipment, in line with approved maintenance standards to achieve the required plant and equipment availability.
  • Communicate with maintenance, operational and planning personnel to identify, plan, estimate and organise the proper labor, services, equipment and skills to ensure they are available as required.
  • Communicate with the supervisor and maintenance planning to ensure that all the necessary maintenance parts, materials and supplies are available to maintain the underground mine and associated facilities.
  • Work within strict quality standards and tolerance measures to support the maintenance function in terms of quality assurance.
  • Assist with the development and review of the maintenance standard task procedures (STPs).
  • Participate in continuous improvement programs which will assist in enhancing the performance of the mine.
  • Assist with the coordination and execution of procedural and operational projects and changes within the underground mine infrastructure areas by following the change management procedure.
  • Assist with the review and approval all structural, mechanical, plate work and piping drawings and make recommendations and modifications based on technical standards and procedures.
  • Work in conjunction with the maintenance and planning teams to determine mechanical maintenance backlogs and assist with equipment shutdown planning.
  • Assist with the efficient management of spare parts, materials and consumables.
  • Comply with the requirements for the proper use, storage and maintenance of company tooling.
  • Maintain a high housekeeping standard in the maintenance work areas of underground mine infrastructure.
  • Manage and control costs within maintenance areas, where possible (i.e. reduce waste, improve operational control).
  • Participate in training and development programmes as required.
  • Other tasks or duties within the individuals skill set as directed by the Supervisor, underground mine maintenance management or senior mine officials.

Mechanical Maintenance Management

  • Perform mechanical maintenance activities such as the installation, commissioning, maintenance, repair, inspection and decommissioning of plant and equipment in the underground mine and associated infrastructure in conjunction with the maintenance team.
  • Conduct troubleshooting of all relevant mechanical systems, ensuring there effective repair and reliable operation.
  • Execute on all practical and technical work relevant to mechanical fitting to ensure it is completed in a safe, timely and efficient manner.
  • Work with operations and maintenance personnel to efficiently rectify plant and equipment breakdowns.
  • Provide technical support and expert advice as required for work being conducted on any of the underground mine infrastructure ensuring safe work practices are followed.
  • Assist the maintenance team, other departments and business partner personnel to resolve issues that will hinder the delivery of reliable and stable services to the underground mine that comply with the technical requirements of the business.
  • Perform inspections on equipment and maintenance activities in order to ensure the implementation and maintenance is as designed and in accordance with OEM and statutory requirements.
  • Provide input into failure analysis studies as required.

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Your Training, Skills & Experience Checklist

Formal Qualification (including Professional Registrations):

  • Mechanical Fitter, Welder, Boilermaker trade qualification or equivalent is required as a minimum.
  • Post-trade qualifications in a relevant field are highly desirable.
  • Inspecting or Sectional Engineer Certificate of competency / MINCOM Certification is highly desirable.
  • Should Mincom certification not be available then there must be a commitment to obtaining inspecting engineer certification in a reasonable timeframe.

Additional Knowledge

  • Demonstrable knowledge of mining or heavy industry maintenance practices, principles and standards.
  • Knowledge of industrial work management processes.
  • Knowledge of defect elimination methodologies and their interpretation.
  • Knowledge of alignment principles and techniques is highly desirable.
  • Working knowledge of pumps and piping systems is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of basic measurements and calculations.
  • Working knowledge of CMMS programs is desirable.
  • Knowledge of planning and scheduling maintenance activities.
  • Knowledge of the statutory regulations relevant to safety and the environment for the mining industry.

Experience

  • Minimum of 4 years experience in the field of mechanical maintenance.
  • Proven experience with the installation, commissioning, maintenance, servicing, inspection and repair of mechanical apparatus and installations in a large-scale mining or heavy industry operation.
  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of belt conveyors is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the operation and maintenance of hydraulic systems is highly desirable.
  • Underground mining experience is highly desirable.

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Technical Skills

  • Ability to safely use hand and power tools.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Well-developed written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer literacy skills – MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), CMMS/ERP and MS Project.
  • Possess good planning and organising skills.
  • Possess good time management and task prioritisation skills.
  • Be experienced with document management.
  • Quality management skills.
  • Demonstrate good report-writing skills.
  • Willingness and ability to learn new skills.
  • Ability to provide management and support staff with clear and
  • Ability to use maintenance planning tools (i.e. SAP).
  • Ability to interpret structural, mechanical, plate work and piping engineering drawings, standards, specifications and manuals.
  • Strong decision-making skills.
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