Control Room Operator – Flotation

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Job description:

Overall Job Purpose

  • As a key member of the Flotation team and reporting into the Shift Supervisor Flotation, the Control Room Operator Flotation is accountable to oversee the process control of all flotation operations utilizing a PCS 7/Siemens plant management system focusing on achieving consistent and maximized production.;
  • Span of control includes all tanks, flotation cells, pumps and reagent dosing systems;
  • The role has a focus on minute-hourly basis.

Specific Job Responsibility

  • The role has process control accountability from the flotation feed surge tanks, all flotation cells, pump and reagent dosing systems;
  • Maintain safety of self, field operators and others in Flotation area through strict compliance to HSE standards, procedures and instructions;
  • Continually push for increased safe production whilst maintaining plant integrity with zero spills and/or equipment damage;
  • Execute real-time monitoring and control to deliver and exceed the KPI’s of flotation recovery, concentrate quality, Expert Control system utilisation and critical control loops in desired modes;
  • Perform regular loop through all pertinent and relevant graphics on PCS 7/Siemens to assess compliance of available information to normal operating ranges and behaviour, and troubleshoot, report, regulate and assist in resolution of any non-compliance;
  • Ensure that shutdown and start-up procedures in all areas of control are executed safely and promptly;
  • Operate the equipment according to the procedures given in the operating strategies and instructions;

Key Job Attributes

  • Commitment to SHEC performance;
  • Superior motivation and initiative;
  • Be enthusiastic and proactive in manner;
  • Strong drive and sense of ownership and accountability;
  • Strong drive to maximise production and improve the circuit operations.
  • Possess sound operational understanding of mechanical, instrumentation, electrical and chemical processes;
  • Ability to maintain high standards of control operations without direct supervision;
  • Ability to strongly influence people, efficiently coordinate and assign work to a field operating team to deliver outcomes;
  • Ability to coordinate and monitor several processes simultaneously without disrupting the normal flow of information;
  • Possess good analytical skills to troubleshoot and problem-solve;
  • Possess demonstrable aptitude for process control and computer systems;
  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Be diligent and thorough in approach;
  • Ability to maintain discipline in stressful environments;
  • English language fluency.

Experience required to perform in this job

  • Training and working knowledge of plant control software (SCADA), specifically PCS 7 and/or Siemens WinCC control systems;
  • Database and Computer competency (PI Process Book and MS Office) highly regarded;
  • A minimum of 5 years of direct experience as an operator in a flotation circuit;
  • Strong preference for copper concentrator background;
  • 6 months as a field operator in the Sentinel Flotation section well regarded.


  • A Trade/Crafts certificate or its Equivalent

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