Control Systems Engineer | Nickel West | 7:7 FIFO

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Western Australia

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Full Time

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Date published

24 July 2020

Date closing

09 August 2020 at 00:00 GMT

About BHP

At BHP we support our people to grow, learn, develop their skills and reach their potential. With a global portfolio of operations, we offer a diverse and inclusive environment with extraordinary career opportunities.  Our strategy is to focus on creating a safe work environment where our employees feel strongly connected to our values and objectives, and where the capability of our people is key to our success.

Come and be a part of this success.

About the role

  • Competitive salary on offer plus 12% superannuation and a range of company benefits
  • Attractive 7/7 Day roster FIFO or Residential 
  • Nickel West is positioned well to energise our future
 The success of the Nickel West Leinster operation is closely linked to the effective application of capital, preventative maintenance, uptime analysis and cost.  To support this, your objective will be to analyse and improve the electrical reliability of the fixed assets in the combined Underground and Surface plants at the Leinster operations, manage operational site network infrastructure, conduct asset reliability improvements in a cost-effective manner by monitoring equipment performance, optimize equipment maintenance strategies, verify the effectiveness of maintenance plans (SAP), conducting technical investigations (RCFA), and research and initiate improvement projects.

Reporting to the Superintendent Electrical Engineering, your responsibilities will include guidance and direction of internal and external resources operating on site and working with key stakeholders to achieve company goals.  In addition, you will assist maintenance execution teams with resolving equipment breakdowns as required.  Please note some of your responsibilities will require exposure in the Underground mining environments at Leinster operations. You will play a leading role in ensuring the consistent application of current electrical/control systems standards, procedures, strategies and practices on site.

About You

  • Tertiary engineering degree together with experience in process control and instrumentation.
  • Good understanding of distributed control system and control system network architecture.
  • Experience with PLC programming (GE Fanuc preferred) using Function block and Ladder Logic as well as Yokogawa DCS (Centum VP).
  • Relevant experience with PLC and DCS integration, improvement and development projects.
  • Relevant experience with integrated remote water systems via telemetry to a main system.
  • A solid knowledge of minerals processing flow sheets and processing equipment.     
  • Configuration and commissioning of field instrumentation, Variable Speed Drives and networking equipment.
  • Experience with Industrial Communications Protocols, preferably Ethernet/IP, Profinet and Modbus TCP.
  • Experience in functional safety systems will be well regarded.
  • Demonstrates ability to understand control philosophy and configure control system as per the functional requirements.
  • Experience in the design and layout of control system hardware.
  • Excellent problem solving and fault-finding skills.
  • A strong knowledge of electrical safe work practices and electrical maintenance strategies.
  • Experience with reliability engineering and risk management techniques is preferred 
  • SAP experience

Key attributes that will contribute to your success include a strong safety focus, highly effective communication skills, capability in facilitation, strong analytical and problem solving skills, advanced technical report writing ability and a high level of computer literacy. As part of the recruitment process for this position you may be required to undergo a pre-employment medical and participate in a background screen including a criminal history check, identity check and qualifications check.

Supporting a diverse workforce

At BHP, we recognise that we are strengthened by diversity. We are committed to providing a work environment in which everyone is included, treated fairly and with respect. We are an Equal Opportunity employer and we encourage applications from women and Indigenous people. We know there are many aspects of our employees’ lives that are important, and work is only one of these, so we offer benefits to enable your work to fit with your life. These benefits include flexible working options, a generous paid parental leave policy, other extended leave entitlements and parent rooms. 

The safety of BHP’s people and our candidates is our number one priority. Due to the unfolding circumstances of COVID-19 and the Government regulations in place to deal with the pandemic,   your working location and/or roster as advertised in this advert may be temporarily subject to change whilst the government regulations are in place. This is to ensure the health safety of our workforce, and to implement effective social distancing measures.  These changes if applicable will be discussed at screening and interview stage. 
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