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Plant Engineer – DT128

Leading metal products manufacturer seeks Plant Engineer. Oversee maintenance and continuous plant improvements. Hands-on person.

Non-Negotiables (We will check)

  • Excellent Mechanical Aptitude. Exceptionally good with your hands. Has had hands-on maintenance experience on punches, fitting  and turning machines, welding machines, cranes, motor vehicles (strong pref). More than 5 years.
  • Government Certificate of Competency (Mechanical or Factories).
  • Expert in Occupational Health and Safety. Practices and investigations.
  • Innovative. Exposure to Industrial Engineering, TQM, Lean or equivalent. Has been involves in plant improvement projects from a conceptualisation and implementation perspective.
  • Exposure to maintenance of old machines, custom machines and electro-mechanical machines.
  • Leads as part of the team. Exceptional people skills. Reads people well. Manages own emotions well. Win-win collaborator. Mentor and developer of staff.
  • Wants to make a difference in the role. Stable career history.

What the person must be able to do:

This role is in the South African metal products manufacturing industry. All duties would take place in this context.

  • Oversee all plant planning, design and maintenance
  • Take full operational accountability for installation and maintenance of:
    • Mechanical Machines, Automated Machines, Tools, Functional Equipment
    • Vehicle fleet maintenance
    • Heavy equipment such as boilers and compressors
    • Electrical equipment such as welders
  • Take full accountability for Occupational Health and Safety
  • Oversee utilities such as electricity, water, steam and effluent
  • Understand how to design and repair custom equipment (Don’t have to do, just understand)
  • Understand heavy machinery
  • Practical understanding of industrial engineering practices such as TQM, Lean, ISO or equivalent.
  • Advantageous: Specific experience in the metal goods industry
  • Introduce and monitor proactive maintenance schedules and practices
  • Mentoring and staff skills upliftment
  • People skills and interdepartmental harmonisation skills
  • Manage a team of maintenance staff

Key Job Deliverables (First 6-12 Months):

  • Get to understand the plant in depth
  • Analyse current status of operation and identify opportunities for optimisation
  • Optimise proactive and reactive maintenance
  • Audit safety practices and recommend improvements

Background work experience

  • 5+ years experience as a Plant Engineer or equivalent (i.e. Must have had overall accountability for a Plant)
  • GCC (Mechanical or Factories) (Non Negotiable)
  • Mechanical Engineering N6, Btech or BSc
  • Proven track record in plant optimisation and proactive maintenance (we will check references)
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Type of Person

Qualify In

  • Action orientated
  • Analytical thinker
  • Innovator
  • Improvement Driven
  • Strong leadership skills – Leads as a member of the team
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills at all levels (From senior management to blue collar workers)
  • Natural coach and mentor
  • Strong project management and facilitation skills
  • Success orientated

Qualify Out

  • Abrasive
  • Emotionally cold
  • Focuses on numbers and forgets about people
  • Introverted – Not a people person
  • Wants to be spoon fed
  • Lethargic
  • Confined to Analysis-Paralysis

Personality Summary:

  • Moderate to High Driver – Results Orientated Go-getter.
  • Moderate to High Analytical – Strong with analysis, metrics, data and fact based decision making.
  • Moderate Expressive – People person, natural leader.
  • Advantageous – Moderate Administrative – Good with procedures, processes and best practices.

Benefits of this Role:

  • Established Engineering manufacturer (Leaders in their industry)
  • Opportunity to make a difference and “leave your mark”

Reports to: Engineering Director

Location: Johannesburg East (Germiston Area)

Employment Equity: N/A

Salary: Market Related. In the Range of R800K to R950K Million per annum. Negotiable for exceptional candidates.

Type: Permanent

Start: ASAP

Reference: DT 128

Jobs like this don’t come around that often, so make sure you apply now.

Call Dave Lucas at 011 655 7391

Email: j128 @  (Please email your CV before calling us.)