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Senior Specialist – Electrical and Instrumentation

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National Capital District, Morobe, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, East Sepik, East New Britain, Eastern Highlands, Madang, Milne Bay, New Ireland, West New Britain, Western Highlands, Australia, Papua New Guinea

Electrical, Mining, Oil and Gas


25th January 2023

Globe 24-7 in partnership with Newcrest Mining, is working together to source experienced and qualified talent to join their Mining Team at their Lihir Gold Operations (LGO).

The Company

Newcrest is one of the world's largest gold mining companies. As a global business, they aim to create a diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels safe, valued and supported to bring their whole unique self to work.

At Newcrest, they hold core values that focus on caring about people, working together, and achieving a high-performance culture through innovation and problem-solving.

The Role

We are seeking a Senior Specialist – Electrical and Instrumentation for a FIFO position at Lihir Gold Limited. Reporting to the Superintendent – Processing, you will drive the long-term maintenance activities in the implementation of a maintenance plan in the Oxygen Plant and Electrical & Instrumentation teams for the delivery of reliability and minimum interruption to facilities when outages occur and provide technical support during plant shutdowns.

Additionally, you will have significant exposure to coaching, mentoring, and upskilling personnel around highly technical electrical and instrument activities to ensure safety and skill are at the utmost standard to ensure long-term learning and the Oxygen Plant is maintained in operation.

Additional scope will include but not be limited to:

  • Drives and influences proactive safety behaviours within workgroups through visible leadership.
  • Develops team members through daily feedback, coaching, and formal training.
  • Provides electrical and instrumentation technical assistance and support to the operations, maintenance, and technical services representatives responsible for crushing, grinding, flotation, leach, and gold recovery areas.
  • Monitors the maintenance activities performed by the national workforce on the Instrumentation and control equipment in the assigned area in line with the maintenance schedule.
  • Selects and sizes instrumentation and valving in accordance with process design criteria managing the instrument tag databases including the revision and allocation of new tags.
  • Ensures that all instruments and valves are installed and commissioned in accordance with existing site standards and specifications and that any changes to existing plant instrumentation as requested through the work order system are in accordance with the department’s change management procedures.
  • Recommends new installations or modifications to improve plant control performance or replacement of defective or obsolete instrumentations for control equipment systems and subsystems.
  • Supervises and monitors the progress of all types of routine, breakdown, and planned maintenance activities, so as to minimize downtime for the equipment for increased plant productivity.
  • Ensures instrument documentation (P&IDs, datasheets, instrument list, loop, termination drawings. etc.) is revised in accordance with industry standards and kept up to date in an auditable format.
  • Effectively manages costs within the team’s business area including participation in the budgeting process, financial analysis, and cost-benefit assessments.
  • Advanced understanding of the principles associated with the repair and maintenance of industrial electrical equipment including HV and LV motors, motor control centres, variable speed drives, power distribution, and lighting systems.
  • Advanced understanding of the principles associated with the repair and maintenance of industrial electrical equipment including HV and LV motors, motor control centres, variable speed drives, power distribution, and lighting systems.
  • Advanced understanding of the principles associated with the installation, repair, and calibration of industrial instrumentation including flow, pressure, temperature, density, position, and chemical analysis instruments.
  • Proficient in the reading/interpretation and accurate updating of electrical drawings.

Skills, Qualifications, and Experience:

  • 10+ years relevant work experience, including 5 years as a leader (essential).
  • Dual Electrical & Instrumentation trade qualification or certification (essential).
  • Australian, New Zealand or PNG Power Electrical Licenses (essential).
  • High Voltage Switching Accreditation (essential).
  • Radiation Safety Officer accreditation (desirable).
  • Experience in a large mining or heavy industrial environment in electrical and instrumentation roles with significant high voltage switching and HV power reticulation experience.
  • Extensive experience within a large-scale complex processing plant or heavy industry.
  • Previous experience working in a remote location in a developing country is advantageous, but not essential.

Mobilisation Requirements:

  • Must be open to working FIFO in PNG.
  • Ability to provide/obtain valid police clearance.
  • Ability to successfully complete a pre-employment medical assessment.

The Rewards:

This position gives you the opportunity to be a part of one of the world’s largest and most technically challenging gold deposits across Australasia. A market-competitive remuneration package is on offer for the successful candidate.

Contact Us

Newcrest’s commitment to diversity and inclusion respects both the rights of every individual to work to their highest potential, free of discrimination, as well as the cultures, religions, and governing codes applicable to each country in which we operate.

If you share these values and feel that you could make a meaningful difference in this role, please apply online before the advertised application closing date, preferably as a Microsoft Word document.

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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