Instruments Technician at First Quantum Minerals(FQM)

  • Full Time
  • Solwezi, Zambia
  • 000 USD / Year
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: 000

First Quantum Minerals(FQM)

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”.

Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results.

Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.


Job description:


Report to the Instrumentation Supervisor, ensure the availability and efficient operation of all process plant field instrumentation to minimize production down-time.

Key Responsibilities

This position will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by the company and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function.

  • Ability to setup, calibrate and maintain a wide variety of modern field Instrumentation related to processing plants. This should include, but not be limited to:
    • Weightometers & Density (Prosess Automation, Ramsey)
    • Ph & Conductivity transmitters.
    • Measuring transducers/transmitters
    • Telemetry systems
    • Signal converters
    • Control valves
    • Load-cell mass measuring systems
  • Good computer hardware and software computer skills (Windows 7 & Office 2010).
  • Installation and replacement of new instruments as per the company’s and vendor’s safety and quality standards.
  • Requires minimum supervision in area of responsibility.
  • Carry out maintenance work and new projects in area of responsibility.
  • Organize spares and also availability for maintenance, shutdowns and breakdowns.
  • Adhere to the company’s planned and preventative maintenance schedules and procedures.
  • Able to work under pressure.
  • Fluent in English.



  • Minimum of a Trade or Craft Certificate in Instrumentation, or related field.


  • Five years’ experience and exposure as an Instrumentation Technician in Chemical & Mineral Processing Plant.
  • Previous experience in control of Conveyor Systems, Mill Operation & Control, Floatation Circuit, Thickeners Control,  will be an advantage,
  • DANFOSS variable speed drives.
  • PLC’s, preferably Siemens S7.
  • Motor Control Siemens SIMO-CODE systems .
  • Field Bus systems, specifically ProfiBus (DP & PA) ; ModBus and Profinet.
  • Exceptional skills in field Instrumentation, maintenance, fault-finding and troubleshooting.
  • DCS and SCADA systems, preferably Citect SCADA systems
  • Knowledge of  Fibre (Splicing) and Ethernet Networks.



  • Teamwork
  • Bold initiative
  • Thinking safely
  • Upholding quality
  • Technical Skill
  • Driving quantity
  • Driving attendance


  • Able to work shifts, Standby and overtime where required
  • Exposure to noise / dust