Senior Specialist Electrical & Instrumentation

Lihir Operations, Papua New Guinea
Apr 30, 2021
May 30, 2021
Work Term
Work Load
Full Time
As part of forging a stronger Newcrest, we are committed to developing our people. We recognize that building capabilities and creating career opportunities across our business is not only important for our people, but it is critical to our success now and in the future. We are now seeking expression of interest from current Newcrest staff in the position of Senior Specialist Electrical & Instrumentation Coordinator for Lihir Gold Limited.

The Role

Seeking a Senior Specialist - Electrical and Instrumentation for a FIFO position at Lihir Gold Limited. Reporting into the Lead Senior Specialist Maintenance Power and Utilities you will be responsible to drive the long-term maintenance activities in the implementation of a maintenance plan in P&U E&I teams for the delivery of reliability & minimum interruption to facilities when outages occur and provide technical support during plant shutdowns and power generation. Working alongside PNG National Coordinators and Supervisors for the coaching, mentoring, and upskilling of them around High Voltage Power and training them on highly technical switching procedures to ensure safety and skill is at the up most standard to ensure long term learning and power is kept to the Plant and Island which is critical.

Additional scope will include but not be limited too
  • Driving and influencing proactive safety behaviours within workgroups through visible leadership.
  • Developing team members through daily feedback, coaching and formal training.
  • Providing electrical and instrumentation technical assistance and support to the operations, maintenance, and technical services representatives responsible for crushing, grinding, flotation, leach and gold recovery areas.
  • Monitoring the maintenance activities performed by the national workforce on the Instrumentation and control equipment in the assigned area in line with the maintenance schedule
  • Selecting and sizes instrumentation and valving in accordance with process design criteria managing the instrument tag databases including the revision and allocation of new tags.
  • Ensuring that all instruments and valves are installed and commissioned in accordance with existing site standards and specifications and any changes to existing plant instrumentation as requested through the work order system is in accordance with the departments change management procedures.
  • Recommending new installations or modifications to improve plant control performance or replacement of defective or obsolete instrumentations for control equipment systems and subsystems.
  • Supervising and monitors the progress of all types of routine, breakdown and planned maintenance activities, so as to minimize down time for the equipment for increased plant productivity.
  • Ensuring instrument documentation (P&IDs, datasheets, instrument list, loop and termination drawings. etc.) are revised in accordance with industry standards and kept up to date in an auditable format.
  • Effectively manages costs within team's business area including participation in the budgeting process, financial analysis & cost benefit assessments.
  • Having an advanced understanding of the principles associated with the repair and maintenance of industrial electrical equipment including HV and LV motors, motor control centres, variable speed drives, power distribution and lighting systems.
  • Having an advanced understanding of the principles associated with the repair and maintenance of industrial electrical equipment including HV and LV motors, motor control centres, variable speed drives, power distribution and lighting systems.
  • Having an advanced understanding of the principals associated with the installation, repair, and calibration of industrial instrumentation including flow, pressure, temperature, density, position and chemical analysis instruments.
  • Proficient in the reading / interpretation & accurate updating of electrical drawings.

Skills, Qualifications and Experience
  • 10+ years relevant work experience essential including 5 years as a leader.
  • Dual Electrical & Instrumentation trades qualification or certification essential.
  • Australian, New Zealand or PNG Power Electrical Licenses [Essential]
  • High Voltage Switching Accreditation Essential
  • Radiation Safety Officer accreditation desirable.
  • Experience in a large mining or heavy industrial environment in electrical and instrumentation roles with significant high voltage switching and HV power reticulation experience.
  • Extensive experience within a large-scale complex processing plant or heavy industry.
  • Previous experience working in a remote location in a developing country advantageous, but not essential.
  • Proficient in English with excellent verbal, written communication and public speaking skills.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office suite.
  • Sound planning, analytical, and problem-solving skills including project execution management experience.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under pressure and autonomously.
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management skills to meet deadlines.
  • Strong active listening & interpersonal skills for rapport building, conflict resolution & training.

Mobilisation Requirements:
  • Must be open to work FIFO in PNG
  • Ability to provide/obtain valid police clearance
  • Ability to successfully complete a pre-employment medical assessment

We encourage all employees interested in this role to discuss with their immediate Manager how the opportunity aligns with their career development plan before applying. Please ensure you submit a CV and Covering Letter via the Intranet before the advertised closing date.

Initial confidential inquiries about the role and/or selection process should be directed to

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