UAV Pilot

First Quantum

At First Quantum, we free the talent of our people by taking a very different approach which is underpinned by a very different, very definite culture – the “First Quantum Way”.

Working with us is not like working anywhere else, which is why we recruit people who will take a bolder, smarter approach to spot opportunities, solve problems and deliver results.

Our culture is all about encouraging you to think independently and to challenge convention to deliver the best result. That’s how we continue to achieve extraordinary things in extraordinary locations.

Job description:

Overall, Job Purpose:

To operate, track and control security drones/unmanned automatic vehicles for security operations within designated sites and projects as required.

Specific Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct ground and flight operations.
  • Remote pilot a drone, following a specific flight plan or obtaining useful footage.
  • Conduct flight demonstrations.
  • Perform pre-flight, in-flight, and post-flight safety checks.
  • Troubleshoot equipment issues.
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations.
  • Security data collection.
  • Report and log all incidents recorded via aerial feed.
  • Use appropriate PPE in the UAV operations.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor.

Job Specific Competencies:

  • Strong commitment to SHEC performance.
  • Good computer skills and familiarity with Google Earth, Google apps, and UAV piloting apps.
  • Excellent hand-eye coordination.
  • Ability to operate radio-controlled airplanes or RC systems.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a team environment.

Key Job Attributes:

  • Very strong drive and personal sense of equipment ownership and accountability.
  • Pro-active, mature, attention to detail and good time management skills.
  • Physically fit, as this role may be physically demanding at times.

Experience required to perform in this job:

  • Mining industry UAV operating experience preferred.
  • Experience with one or more of the following: ArduPilot, ArduPilot Mission Planner, MAVlink protocol, QGround Control, Mavlink, RFD Tools, Radio Telemetry, or DJI Go.


  • Full grade twelve (G12) certificate.
  • RPL – Valid Remote Pilot License from the CAA (BVLOS rating would be an added advantage).

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