Engineer, Control Systems
First Quantum Minerals
Colon, Panamá
hace 6 días

Job description : Purpose


Reporting into the Superintendent Control & Instrumentation (C&I), the Engineer Control System is responsible for management, safe operation and maintenance of the equipment used to monitor and control engineering systems, machinery and processes in a world class operating plant.

Key Accountabilities and Challenges

  • Operate within and observe all relevant and applicable laws of Panama.
  • Adherence to standard safe working procedures and actively participate in HSE initiatives.
  • Ensure all work is undertaken in compliance with H&S (e.g. isolation, lock out and tag out), quality and environmental standards and procedures.
  • Ensure work is undertaken using Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Ensure the use of best practise maintenance techniques and procedures for the calibration and optimum performance of process control equipment.
  • Execute daily corrective actions through formal workplace inspections.
  • Execute equipment maintenance plans.
  • Ensure that control system maintenance activities are planned and scheduled via a computerized maintenance management system.
  • Report on maintenance activities and performance indicators.
  • Actively ensure that necessary materials, tools and parts are available so downtime is minimal.
  • Provide technical support to maximize production and efficiencies and optimize costs.
  • Work collaboratively the with Instrumentation Supervisors for successful operation of the C&I operations and function of the Process Plant.
  • Monitor systems for bottlenecking and provide input to efficiency / operability improvements.
  • Monitor the performance of equipment to identify and initiate development opportunities.
  • Ensure housekeeping standards in all designated work areas.
  • Promote a positive environment ensuring a continuation of a solid working relationship with the C&I team.
  • Maintains current knowledge of equipment and materials through self-study and training.
  • Implement FQM Way culture across the team Smarter, Bolder, Driven, Together .
  • Act as deputy for colleagues as required.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the Lead Control Systems Engineer.
  • Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Education
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering (Control & Instrumentation) and / or related Trade Certificate.
  • Skills
  • Strong leadership, motivational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent cognitive and analytical skills for identifying maintenance shortfalls, equipment bottlenecks and implementing corrective and preventative action plans.
  • Proven ability to identify, analyse and understand equipment requirements.
  • Strong understanding of maintenance process improvement and control strategies.
  • Strong understanding of technical, production and maintenance strategies for large-scale, continuous operating mineral processing plants.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and able to analyze data and provide clear and accurate operational maintenance performance reports in both an upward and downward direction.
  • Computer fluency is a must.
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Experience
  • 3-5 years of experience in C&I or related area.
  • Significant experience in a large, complex base metals processing plant.
  • Knowledge of JDEdwards or other enterprise systems.
  • Experienced in the use of maintenance management systems
  • Language
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is highly regarded. A willingness to undertake language training is desirable.


  • Quality orientation
  • Proven results facilitating continuous improvement activity.
  • Results driven.
  • Proven success in planning and organizing.
  • Strategic in decision making.
  • Working Conditions

    Cobre Panama is a remote site. The position is offered as Residential or FIFO.

    Safety and Environment

  • Participate and contribute to safe practice and environmental awareness.
  • Ensure all safety and environmental incidents are addressed & reported promptly.
  • Demonstrate personal commitment in regard to safety and environmental practices.
  • Identification of potential hazards and action that is appropriately taken.
  • Maintenance of a high standard of efficiency, safety and effectiveness.
  • Raising, discussion and resolution of safety issues at regular meetings.
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