Rio Tinto

Automation Engineer

Rio Tinto
Invercargill, NZ
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 20, 2021
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
Automation Engineer (2 vacancies)
  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Join an encouraging leadership group, committed to your growth and development
  • Opportunity to be a technical expert on site

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with you.

We are looking for Analyst Programmer or software focussed Automation Engineer to support and improve automation and control systems and associated information & communication technology (ICT) across site.

This role is a great opportunity to develop your skills and experience whilst fostering a collaborative team culture on site.

We are an open, connected international team of technical specialists using some of the most exciting data and tools on the planet. We are the world leader in automation and smart mining. We have technical development programmes that are industry-leading and recognise the unique nature of your role. These provide opportunities to grow your career through a dedicated technical path while being rewarded for your unique skills

Reporting to the Superintendent Automation & Control Systems and working in a challenging and exciting environment you will be:
  • Developing and improving automation and control systems application layer and supporting ICT infrastructure, including interfaces between the control and SCADA/HMI layers, and information systems such as databases, historians, analysis tools and manufacturing execution systems.
  • Supporting and developing the site SCADA fleet and equipment HMIs.
  • Conducting and managing business sustaining work such as obsolete control system hardware replacement or software conversion and upgrades
  • Providing technical advice and assistance to site maintenance, engineering and operational teams
  • Providing second level breakdown support, including after-hours call out roster participation to maintenance and operations teams.
  • Improving existing process and equipment control systems to increase efficiency

What you'll bring
  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Bachelor of Information Technology, Computer Science, Electrical, Mechatronic or Automation Engineering.
  • Experience in a similar role in a heavy industry environment
  • Experience in PLC programming (Unity Pro, ProWorx NxT, Concept, Studio 5000/ RS Logix), SCADAs (Ifix), HMIs (Red Lion ) and OPC servers/clients is essential.
  • Demonstrated application development experience using VBA, Python, SQL and SQL Server, SQL Server Reporting Services and Power BI.
  • Networking and industrial protocol experience and fault finding skills
  • Class 1 Drivers Licence

What we offer

Be recognised for your contribution, your thinking and your hard work, and go home knowing you've helped the world progress.
  • A work environment where safety is always the number one priority
  • A competitive base salary reflective of your skills and experience with annual incentive program
  • Comprehensive medical assistance scheme
  • Attractive share ownership plan
  • Leave for all of life's reasons (vacation/annual, paid parental, sick leave) including long service leave
  • Access to transport assistance between Invercargill and Tiwai.
  • Competitive superannuation programme
  • Career development & education assistance to further your technical or leadership ambitions

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls 'progress' begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium the world's first to be certified "responsible" helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you'll be working

Rio Tinto Aluminium Pacific Operations

Rio Tinto is a global leader in aluminium, one of the world's most widely used metals.

Active in the sector for more than 110 years, today we operate large-scale, high-quality bauxite mines and alumina refineries, and have the world's most modern and competitive aluminium smelter portfolio.

Our Pacific Operations sites are located along the east coast of Australia, at the tip of the Northern Territory and in New Zealand's south. With more than 6,000 employees, we operate a full value chain approachmining, refining and smelting. Our portfolio includes four bauxite mines, two refineries, four smelters and one power station, and is supported by technical experts located in our Brisbane hub, including a fully operational Operations Centre for our bauxite mines.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, women, the LGBTI+ community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.