Categories : Operations / General Management, Power Plant
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.
Role and Responsibilities
The Port, Power Plant and Copper Concentrate Mobile Equipment Operators will report to the Maintenance Mechanical Supervisor.
Mobile Equipment Operators will perform all duties assigned in a safe and professional manner. Be guided in all work by the precept that safety of personnel and equipment is a top corporate priority.
Equipment operators maneuver vehicles and other machinery around Cobre Panama Port, Power Plant and Copper Concentrator areas.
Operators could also be asked to work at other Cobre Panama Ares. Essentially, equipment operators use construction vehicles such as bulldozers, all-
terrain forklifts, mobile cranes, Bobcat, flatbed trucks, backhoes and all other Mobile equipment found at site. Equipment operators are responsible for soil leveling or ground manipulation and for the transportation of equipment and materials.
They may assist in the construction or repair of roads or they may help build manufacturing plants or other industry structures.
Equipment operators must work outdoors on location in all weather conditions and on all terrain, usually from the early morning hours until late afternoon.
Depending on the jobs, they may be expected to work evenings, weekends or swing shifts. The work is arduous and requires workers to be alert at all times.
Equipment operators inspect the vehicles to ensure safety. They are also expected to repair or assist in the repair and maintenance of the mobile equipment.
Equipment operators function as part of plant emergency response team within limitations of training received.
Qualifications and Education Requirements :
All equipment operators should possess acute visual perception abilities to accurately judge distances.
Additionally, they should have a mechanical aptitude along with a background in auto mechanics to understand the fundamental principles involved in operating the machinery.
With the addition of the global positioning system (GPS) technology, workers may need to demonstrate some proficiency with computers.
Equipment operators will also need a basic understanding of electronics in order to operate many of the newer vehicles designed with electronic controls.
They will be required to receive Lifting Equipment Certification.
Three to five years or more satisfactory experience working as a Mobile Equipment Operator in a heavy industry facility.
Previous extended tours of work in man camp / remote access locations or experience as a field contractor highly preferred.
Spanish working knowledge / fluency required. Working knowledge of English preferred.