Senior Mechanical Materials Handling Engineer
Oil Careers
Bryanston, GP, South Africa
2d ago

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is currently recruiting for a Senior Mechanical Materials Handling Engineer for our Mining & Minerals office in Bryanston.

Main Purpose of Role

  • T o coordinate and supervise engineering and design functions within a project / study context associated with materials handling equipment.
  • P r o v i de coaching and guidance to less experienced staff ( engineers and designers to increase technical competence, as well as knowledge of systems and procedures.
  • Undertake Technical reviews / audits to ensure that designs are in accordance with project / study requirements and company objectives and are produced in a timely and cost effective manner
  • Using technical knowledge and problem solving skills to assist senior engineers with the designs of studies and medium / large projects.
  • To work in a safe manner, complying with and actively contributing to the Wood Health, Safety and Environmental HSE policies, manuals and procedures.
  • At all times considering the health, safety and welfare of fellow workers, visitors, clients, community and the environment.

    Role Specific Responsibilities

  • A cc ountable that the quality and content of deliverables of the mechanical design discipline are in line with the needs of the customer and regulatory authorities and r esponsible for engineering content, discipline design drawings and technical documents within a project / study
  • Responsible for production and / or review of engineering deliverables including models, drawings, calculations, specifications, reports, evaluations etc and preparation of technical specifications, contract specifications, design criteria and other documents required by the project / study
  • Input to capital estimates including quantity calculations and review and set man-hour budgets for engineering and drafting and recommend engagement of additional manning as required
  • Monitor the progress and performance of project discipline teams. Give input and provide feedback and support where necessary
  • O v ersee and manage design scope changes
  • P r ovide solutions to engineering problems
  • P r ovide feedback to the Project Engineering Manager on design progress budget and schedule
  • Reviewing and approving Supplier data
  • P erform site inspections, functionality testing and commissioning documentation
  • P r ovide technical support to the onsite construction teams, projects department and estimating department
  • A nalyse feedback from fabricators and construction personnel to improve performance
  • P r ovide technical and commercial direction to engineers in relation to design quality, design schedules and design budgets
  • Review feasibility studies documentation and estimates.
  • A ss i s t engineering management to assess the suitability of staff and identify the key resources for specific projects / studies
  • Drive professional development of direct reports and other less experienced staff members
  • Ensure designs produced are optimal in terms of maintainability, serviceability, equipment operating cost and safe operation
  • Ensure design engineering standards are maintained and adhered to on all projects
  • Provide technical design guidance to Project staff on various aspects of design
  • R eview equipment tenders and produce technical adjudications / recommendations.
  • R eview vendor documentation for compliance with project / study specifications.
  • Attend factory acceptance tests and provide input to vendor's test documentation
  • Assist with plant installation and commissioning.
  • Liaise with client to ensure that design is in accordance with agreed requirements.
  • C onduct regular design group meetings within a project / study context
  • Provide timely reports regarding all discussions held and progress made. Ensure all correspondence are recorded.
  • Allocate work and provide assistance to discipline engineers and designers on projects / studies
  • Input into progress reports, including listing achievements and highlighting issues as required.
  • Work closely with other consultants and other disciplines and Project / Study Managers to ensure that client's objectives are met in a timely manner.
  • Skills / Qualifications


  • BSc, BEng or B.Tech or National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
  • ECSA registered
  • Competencies, Skills & Experience

  • Minimum of 10 to 15 years Materials handling design experience in the mining and minerals processing industry. Experience in a design office and field associated work with materials handling equipment.
  • Well-developed computer skills and knowledge of word ,databases spreadsheets and discipline related application software.
  • Technical Competence - in terms of core engineering theory from first principles and ability to extend theory to new and complex equipment
  • Experience in the following areas;
  • A bility to problem-solve effectively
  • Plate-work design Materials Handling , Crushing and Milling
  • S uperior interpersonal and communication skills
  • A ttention to detail
  • S trong analytical, literacy and numerical skills
  • W ell-developed computer skills and knowledge of databases, spreadsheets and engineering programs.
  • A bility to effectively work in a team
  • E ff ective leadership skills
  • A bility to delegate effectively
  • Understanding of South African and common International standards and regulatory authority requirements in the mining and minerals processing sector
  • K nowledge of specific extractive metallurgy process / chemical engineering unit operations and equipment.
  • Site experience - construction and commissioning
  • Mechanical Package Experience
  • G ood commercial awareness / risk management skills.
  • Personal Qualities

  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • A pro-active attitude.
  • Personal integrity and trustworthiness.
  • A common sense approach to everyday life.
  • A willingness to treat all people with respect, integrity and consistency.
  • High levels of initiative and "get up and go" to manage own work flow to meet objectives.
  • A capacity for persistence and resilience and patience in a sometimes challenging environment.
  • An appreciation of the value of team work and willingness to work as part of a team, providing support for other team members as required.
  • Company Overview

    Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world's most critical challenges.

    We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 45,000 people.

    Diversity Statement

    We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list) : race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

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