13 Mar 2024

Leading Hand at Barrick

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Job Description


Position Description

Bulyanhulu Gold Mine is seeking to recruit a Expat Automation Leading Hand to join and grow our team.

Join our exceptional team and embody Barrick’s core values as you work with us. We are in search of individuals who can champion Barrick’s DNA by:

  • Communicating Honestly, Transparently, and Acting with Integrity
  • Exhibiting a Results-Driven approach
  • Delivering solutions that are Fit for Purpose
  • Dedicating themselves to Building a Sustainable Legacy
  • Taking Responsibility and being Accountable
  • Committing to Zero Harm
  • Cultivating strong and meaningful Partnerships

If you’re ready to contribute to our world-class team while embracing these values, we encourage you to apply and become a valued member of our diverse workforce.


  • Ensure safe work practices, i.e., attending compulsory safety courses and meetings use of required PPE, incident/accident reporting, and ensuring total adherence to all safety, occupational health,
  • Lead a team responsible for maintaining equipment according to OEM specifications.
  • Organize resources and provide technical advice, leadership as well as guidance to the engineering team.
  • Coordinate various engineering functions and operations including mobile fleet management, maintenance, and skills transfer.
  • Identify critical spares required for daily maintenance activities underground.
  • Perform over – inspections according to the maintenance requirements and ensure preventative maintenance and compliance.
  • Perform fault finding and apply corrective measures in order to solve breakdowns.
  • Ensure that defects noted on pre-start checklists, breakdown sheets and over-inspection reports are attended to.
  • Analyze and interpret maintenance related data and initiate required improvements.
  • Follow up on outstanding maintenance repairs.
  • Ensure that health and safety policies and procedures are adhered to.
  • High level focused on the Sandvik machines automation system and automation drives.
  • Performing work associated with diagnostic, maintenance, and repair of all types of heavy machinery and special equipment and components, for example: hydraulic systems including, hydraulic control valves (manual and electronic), hydraulic cylinders, pumps and motors, automatic and manual transmissions, brake systems, ignition and fuel systems, steering and powertrain systems, tires, electrical systems, batteries starters, generators and maintain other related components as required.
  • As part of the fleet maintenance program inputting data into fleet tracking software is critical. All technicians must utilize a computer to input work orders, time and related computer tasks.
  • Maintenance of electrical and instrumentation equipment (PLC Controls)
  • Investigate, diagnose, and perform trade related maintenance and repair of equipment according to the required standard.
  • Ensure that the maintenance and overhaul of machinery auto electrical equipment installed and/or operated is in accordance with relevant standards Performing statutory testing and inspections on all electrical distribution systems.
  • Report to the mobile fleet maintenance Foreman on all planned and unplanned work regarding the automation system
  • Ensure handover process happens between the shifts.
  • May be required to perform additional duties and tasks required by your supervisor.

Qualification requirements

  • Relevant Trade Certificate Auto Electrical / Heavy Mechanic
  • Minimum level 3 Sandvik Automation System Training
  • Valid Driver’s License

Experience and competencies needed.

  • Previous experience in installation and implementation of automation program packages with data collection and tracking capability.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience as an Automation Leading Hand
  • Experience needed on all mobile equipment for maintenance purposes.
  • Knowledge and application of safe and reliable mechanical maintenance practice to maximize equipment availability and productivity.

Skills / Knowledge Requirement:

  • Sandvik automation system, exposure to MCS systems and Lite Specialist.
  • Knowledge and exposure to Newtraxs
  • Exposure to industry best preventative maintenance regimes is imperative to ensure machinery and equipment and other assets are maintained to high level of availability, and in accordance with company policies at all times. The ability to prioritize repairs and take instruction in order to reduce downtime and delays is foremost in maximizing machine availability and operator utilization.
  • High level understanding of auto electrical automation planning and execution.
  • Ability to comprehend OEM manuals, diagrams and drawings is essential in performance of this role.
  • Proven experience managing and training a team of maintenance personnel to high standards.

What We Can Offer You                                     

  • A comprehensive compensation package including bonuses and site-specific benefits.
  • The ability to make a difference and lasting impact.
  • Work in a dynamic, collaborative, progressive, and high-performing team
  • Opportunities to grow and learn with industry colleagues.
  • Access to a variety of career opportunities across the organization

We are committed to a safe work environment sending every person home safe and healthy every day and leaving a sustainable legacy on our host communities.

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Closing Date : 25th March, 2024.

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