Job Description

The successful candidate will preferably have 10+ years of experience working in an engineering consultancy, industrial plant, and/or mine site environment. The candidate will have a background in either civil engineering, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, mining or mineral processing and should be equally comfortable working in an office or visiting mine sites. This position is part of the Design & Engineering department at our Cape Town office. Should the candidate prefer, there could be an option for the role to be based at our Johannesburg office. The work will involve short (1-2 week) to medium term travel (1-2 months) to domestic and international mine sites and will include the following tasks:

  • Engineering support for studies ranging from conceptual to detail design level
  • Process system design, plant layout, and mass balance development
  • Hydraulic analysis of backfill underground distribution systems
  • Selection, specification and evaluation of system components (pumps, piping, valves, instrumentation, etc.)
  • Troubleshoot backfill plants and related systems, providing solutions to unique challenges
  • Technical communication, including report writing and presentations
  • CAPEX and OPEX cost estimating for greenfield and brownfield projects
  • Project management, including planning and proposals, client liaisons and execution of engineering projects
  • Lead by example practicing safe behaviour and habits
  • Develop, maintain and manage a client base
  • Manage projects and perform technical tasks in projects
  • Application of technical skills to perform problem solving and engineering tasks
  • Continuously develop your knowledge, understanding and skills associated with relevant engineering projects systems and the mining and resources industries
  • Promote and grow P&C’s backfill engineering capability
  • Ongoing professional development

Job Specification

The successful candidate will have above-average abilities to meet the high standards set by our Company.

Minimum Requirements & Competencies:
  • BSc or BTech engineering degree
  • Registered as a professional engineer or eligible for registration within two years
  • Minimum ten years’ experience in an engineering consultancy, industrial plant, mine site, or plant metallurgical role. Experience with backfill operations would be considered an asset
  • Strong presentation and technical writing skills, especially technical reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills and affinity to work in a consulting environment
  • Strong computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Excel
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral
  • A valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
  • Able and willing to travel locally and internationally, when required
Personal Characteristics
  • Ability to work safely and productively in an office, industrial, or mine environment
  • Self-motivated and able to work hard, act professionally and make decisions independently
  • Attention to detail and a commitment to technical excellence

A Career with Paterson & Cooke

Paterson & Cooke is an international specialist engineering firm known for high quality work and exceeding client expectations, often with innovative solutions. Our people enjoy the challenge of living up to this standard daily and in a workplace that allows each employee to thrive. In the Cape Town office, we balance a demanding, rewarding workload with consideration for work-life balance. We encourage employees to expand their knowledge through employer supported training courses and on-site experience. With nine offices covering five continents and an international clientele, Paterson & Cooke provides opportunities for our employees to travel the world. Our size enables our employees to make a difference in the company and opens opportunities for career growth. Our aim is to create an environment in which everyone is pleased to come to work each morning.

Application Instructions

Subject Line: Backfill Engineer / Technologist Position

Please send the following:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae and contactable references
  • A covering letter explaining why you are the right candidate for the job.