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2020.09 Metallurgist – Mineral Processing





Competitive salary, Permanent position Plymouth, South Devon, UK

Join the Tungsten West Limited (TWL) team working on the mine re-start through being part of the team conducting beneficiation test work; designing and operating a pilot plant; and undertaking a number of major modifications to the process plant at the Hemerdon Minesite. You will be a graduate metallurgist or mineral processing engineer with at least 5 years’ hands-on experience in the operation of metalliferous mineral processing plants. Preference will be given to potential candidates who have gained operating experience of dense medium separation, magnetic separation, fine gravity separation, roasting, hydrometallurgical, comminution and classification processes. An understanding of mineral process design including engineering calculations; process control, instrumentation and metallurgical accounting; or sample preparation and assay procedures would be considered an advantage.

Key in this role is the requirement to:

  • Work as a professional, upholding the standards of best practice at all times

  • Work in a responsible and safe manner as a key member of the TWL team

  • Adopt a practical approach to the work and the ability to effectively supervise site jobs

  • Work in an organised and structured manner so as to meet deadlines and avoid mistakes

  • Design and execute beneficiation test work programmes

  • Generate process design criteria based on the results of test work

  • Prepare mass, material and water balances

  • Prepare process flow diagrams

  • Provide input into control and instrumentation requirements leading to P&ID’s

  • Have an operational understanding of SCADA systems

  • Provide input for sample preparation & assay laboratory set-up and operating procedures

  • Provide input for a routine process plant sampling programme

  • Be able to diagnose process problems and inefficiencies

  • Set up best practice principles and help with creating SOP’s for plant operation

  • Be involved with the setting up a metallurgical accounting system

  • Report on test work programmes, operational issues and process performance

  • Train operating staff to give them an understanding of mineral process principles & equipment o Work collaboratively together with plant operations staff on shift

  • Liaise with the broader TWL team and other relevant departments as required

  • Assist the Tungsten West team with other relevant work as required

We are seeking candidates eligible to work in the UK, with a relevant degree or qualifications and a UK (or equivalent) car driving licence. The successful candidate will be happy working in a dynamic, hardworking environment and integrating with and assisting the broader project team. Candidates should be computer literate, physically fit and happy to work outdoors in all weather. Previous experience working in the mining industry and membership of a professional association are highly desirable.

Date Published: TBC
Date Closed: TBC

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