Operator, Control Room – Isaconvert (x5)

First Quantum

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Job description:

Job title:                                             …           Control Room Operator – Isaconvert

Site:                                                    …           Kansanshi

Department:                                        …         Smelter Process

Section:                                              …          Isaconvert

Position reports to:                            …         Shift Controller – Isaconvert

Grade:                                                 …           14

Direct reports:                                    …          None

Safely and efficiently control the Isaconvert Feed System, Furnace & Off Gas System, Ingots Casting and associated equipment via the plant control system.

Key Responsibilities

This position will be required to adhere to all relevant requirements, policies, procedures and legal regulations pertaining to health, safety, environment and quality, as well as finance, human resources, and any other regulations as required by the company and relevant to the level of the role and responsibilities of the function

  • Ensure that the Isaconvert Feed System, Furnace, WHB, Ingot Casting and associated equipment are operated safely and efficiently, within prescribed limits to achieve production targets.
  • Monitor and control process parameters & plant equipment through the Distributed Control System (DCS).
  • Respond to alarms and process disturbances in a timely manner.
  • Operate safety systems and emergency systems in the event of an emergency.
  • Clearly and accurately communicate the status of the plant to others, eg field operators, maintenance workers, other control room operators (e.g. Isasmelt CRO, Sulphuric Plant CRO, Oxygen plant CRO, Oxygen Plant and Utilities CRO)
  • Maintain an accurate operating log-sheet.
  • Provide field operators with information and instructions as required to enable them to carry out their jobs safely and effectively.
  • Monitor and interpret assay results from process streams.
  • Control the Isaconvert blister grade and slag composition within the specified ranges.
  • Control the rate of Isaconvert furnace refractory wear, by carefully controlling the furnace temperature and draft.
  • Monitor and interpret process data via the plant process historian system (PI).
  • Actively seek more information and assistance from other sources as required to diagnose and correct any problems with operating equipment and processes (e.g. maintenance, metallurgists)
  • Understand and identify all relevant plant equipment, process control systems & emergency systems; be able to explain these clearly to others
  • Other duties as directed by the Supervisor.



  • Grade 12 and previous experience as a Control Room Operator or
  • Diploma in Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering or Equivalent



  • Any previous experience as Iasconvert or Isasmelt CRO, Anodes Furnaces and Casting
  • Exposure to DCS system
  • Experience in Isasmelt furnace operation and/or control


  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication skills and the ability to write clearly and concisely in English
  • Responsible and punctual approach to work
  • Discipline and teamwork
  • Ability to follow instructions and to give instructions where required
  • Good at implementing changes in operating practice


  • MS Office proficient
  • DCS Systems.

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