Operator: Reagents & Utilities

Swakop Uranium - swakopmund, namibia

a month ago


Operate the Reagents & Utilities Plant and associated equipment in a safe and efficient manner as set out in all operating procedures, to ensure minimum downtime and compliance to SHERQ standards and procedures.


Key Performance Areas:

  • Start and stop the Reagents & Utilities Plant sequence and related equipment.
  • Adhere to the set KPIs for the section, monitor plant performance and throughput and check that the set plant parameters are met at all times.
  • Charge reagent bags to fill up and maintain healthy silo levels, making up of all reagents and constant supply to recipient sections.
  • Monitor air compressors including air dryers.
  • Fill up and maintain healthy levels of all process solution pond levels and tanks.
  • Operate various auxiliary equipment such as forklift, overhead hoist, telehandler and bobcats.
  • Sample according to procedures to identify poor efficiency and rectify deficiencies.
  • Inspect and monitor all field equipment and report readings and findings.
  • Clear and unblock pumps, sumps, valves and pipe lines.
  • Lockout and isolate equipment according to the Lockout and isolation procedures and verify that all energy sources are isolated before work can commence.
  • Make sure that the assigned work is completed, equipment tested and housekeeping done before a PTW what is PTW?? is signed off.
  • Inspect work areas to ensure compliance to lock out and isolation procedures.
  • Report all safety and environmental non-conformances.
  • Attend and contribute to daily safety talks and monthly meetings.
  • Conduct risk assessments daily before commencing with any work.
  • Report all substandard equipment and follow up to ensure compliance.
  • Demarcate all unsafe areas and complete near miss report and follow up on all actions to make the area safe.
  • Make sure that all employees entering the Reagents & Utilities Plant area are wearing the correct PPE as set out in the procedure.
  • Clean the Reagents & Utilities section and always maintain good housekeeping standards.
  • Clean tanks, sumps, trenches, dust collectors, vessels and process solution ponds when required or when on maintenance.
  • Conduct regular plant inspections and identify any substandard equipment.
  • Inspect equipment and report any abnormalities and defects.
  • Conduct daily inspection of all emergency equipment and report any defect immediately.
  • Inspect mobile equipment before using it and report defects immediately.
  • Check and clean strainers and filters when required or as per schedule.
  • Report any items that are not fixed, or safety concerns.
  • Fill in the daily inspection sheets.
  • Complete all equipment log sheets required during the shift.
  • Log all operational and maintenance deviations in the shift report.
  • Liaise with the Control Room Team to obtain process information for decision making and to report all field deviations.
  • Report any emergency situation to the Supervisors.
  • Assist in other areas when major breakdowns are experienced.


Requirements and experience:

  • Grade 12
  • One year relevant working experience
  • Knowledge of Plant Operations
  • Valid Code B/BE Drivers License.