Maintenance Technician: Instrumentation and - Pinetown, South Africa - NBISA Recruitment

NBISA Recruitment
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Pinetown, South Africa

1 month ago

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Job Advert Summary:

Supports GMP compliant manufacture of pharmaceutical products by ensuring maximum online time of process Utility services supplied to Manufacturing.

Responsible for operation, maintenance, engineering projects, plant improvement, maintenance standby and planning of preventive maintenance activities on processes and process equipment within the Services department.

This Job is specific to the delivery of electrical and instrumentation expertise within engineering team. Cross-over skills within process control and/or instrumentation.

Minimum Requirements:

  • N6 or S4 electrical or instrumentation engineering and trade tested Millwright or trade tested technician with minimum two trades in any of the following: Electrical or instrumentation or electromechanics.
  • Or B-Tech degree in electrical or instrumentation and one trade test.
  • 3 years' experience working electrical installations as well as instrumentation.
  • 3 years' work experience in a process and/or manufacturing environment.
  • Experience in PLC and SCADA system will be added advantage
  • Knowledge of SAP PM or similar will be an added advantage
  • Knowledge of OSH Act as it pertains to electrical safety
  • PLC programming and fault finding.
  • Understanding of engineering principles
  • Able to read Piping and Instrumentation drawings
  • Report writing skills
  • Project and investigation work
  • Experience in refrigeration and HVAC system
  • GMP exposure preferred

Duties and Responsibilities:

Ensure the continued operation of the plant equipment

  • Performing routine checks of all equipment and systems for correct operation
  • Schedule maintenance activities as defined by the preventative maintenance plan
  • Facilitate the calibration of measuring and control instruments according to defined schedules and production requirements
  • Maintaining records and schedules for specified plant and equipment.
  • Attend all breakdowns that happens during the night.

Evaluate and facilitate repairs of plant equipment and identify actions to prevent recurrences

  • Analyse problems and determining required maintenance /repair work to ensure continuity.
  • Prepare incident /deviation report and advising manager of steps taken.
  • Liaise with third party contractors where repairs are not possible on site
  • Track and report on progress of repairs required.
  • Monitor and advise on improvement of systems to prevent recurrences

Be part of the standby team

  • Will be required to be on standby and you will be expected to attend to call out as per standby policy.
  • You will be required to have your own transport to ensure that you can attend to call outs timely.
  • Analyse breakdown situation, carrying out required maintenance / repair work to ensure continuity of production and if the problem remains unresolved, then advise respective supervisor/manager. The Department Manager will then agree on next steps with respect to product integrity.
  • If the problem cannot be fixed, inform engineering supervisor or Production Services Engineer.
  • Help operations with machine startups and checks.


  • Coordinate maintenance activities on NBI equipment
  • Perform isolations as per agreed protocols
  • Perform scheduled planned maintenance and complete necessary documentation.
  • Records keeping

Stock Control

  • Ensures that all used spares are recorded in the stores.
  • Suggest required spares where possible.
  • Order required spares for particular job on time to minimise machine breakdown time.

Provide first line training to operators

  • Provide practical demonstrations of equipment set up operation and close down.
  • Evaluate competency of operators according to predefined standards.
  • Assist operators in troubleshooting and development of their skills for first line maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Writing of maintenance and operating manuals for specified plant and equipment.

Commissioning unit operations

  • Ensures execution of validation studies (IQ, OQ, PQ)
  • Ensures coordinate of commissioning activities

Lead and support project work

  • Lead and support capacity expansion projects (CAPEX)
  • Lead and support continuous process improvements
  • Supervision of project contractors
  • Lead process optimisation for improved efficiency

Core Competencies

  • Managing Relationships
  • Personal Leadership
  • Business Impact
  • Leading and Influencing Others
  • Ability and willingness to learn new things.
  • Problem solving and aligning of resources to needs.
  • Accountability
  • Teamwork
  • Technical writing and good oral communication skills

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