Specialist Training – Pyro Metallurgy

  • Full Time
  • Solwezi

First Quantum Minerals

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Job description:


Responsible for identifying staff training, and development needs and for planning, organising, and conducting appropriate training and assessments for smelter primary and secondary employees to achieve maximum competence, and maintain and improve the efficiency of Pyro-Metallurgical (Smelter) operations.

Key Responsibilities

  • Liaising with relevant sections within the processing department to determine technical training and development needs in line with KMP’s short- and long-term targets.
  • Reviewing and determining the needs and competence levels of employees.
  • Consolidating a process technical training plan to meet all operational needs and delivering training to bridge gaps in employee’s skills and knowledge.
  • Develop training aids and materials according to identified training needs and maintain them to acceptable standards.
  • Updating existing pyro metallurgical operations training packages
  • Selecting appropriate training methods or activities for implementation.
  • Liaising with trainee’s supervisors on training schedules and ensuring timely delivery of training
  • Assessing/evaluating instructional effectiveness and determining the impact of training on learners’ skills and KPIs through deliberate Planned Tasks Observations
  • Maintaining training records and training matrices for all trainees in the approved Training system
  • Developing and maintaining productive relations and effective communication with stakeholders to establish training needs and report on training progress.
  • Practicing safe work habits and following general safety procedures
  • Understanding and identifying all relevant plant equipment, process control, and emergency systems.
  • Ensure that company procedures and safety regulations are reinforced to minimise accidents and optimise production.
  • Assisting in developing new or reviewing safe operating procedures, safe work instructions and other similar documents as required.
  • Perform any other reasonable duties as assigned by the supervisor.
  • Maintaining an appropriate reporting schedule as determined by the Senior Specialist, Technical


Minimum Requirements:

  • Diploma in Process Engineering, Mineral Processing, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy or equivalent
  • Technical Teacher Certificate / Diploma in Teaching Methodology from a recognized institution.


  • Minimum 5 years of operational experience in a copper smelter is required. Experience in Isa smelt, Peirce Smith Converters, Anode Furnace and Casting Wheel operations is considered an advantage.
  • Familiarity with engineering drawings
  • Sound level of literacy and numeracy
  • Knowledge of Acid Plant operations is considered as an advantage.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in the Training and Development field preferably in a Mining-Smelter environment.

Behavioural Traits

  • High level of communication skills and the ability to present ideas clearly and concisely
  • Good ability to interact with trainees effectively
  • Good ability to report and interact with senior operations leadership effectively
  • Ability to identify and suggest changes to operational practices
  • Good at implementing changes in training practice
  • Systematic monitoring and assessment skills.

Operational Requirements

  • Standby and overtime where required
  • Work effectively with minimum supervision
  • Working at heights
  • Exposure to dust, heat, noise and chemicals
  • Skilled user of Microsoft Office suite of products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).

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