Job Description

This position is for a Test Technologist / Engineer for the Slurry Test Laboratory at our Cape Town office. The applicant should ideally have 3 – 5 years’ experience in a mining or industrial plant environment. A formal qualification in mechanical or civil engineering is required. Although the applicant will work mainly at the Cape Town Test Laboratory, some test work will be conducted at mine sites.


Perform or assist in the performance of the following tasks under supervision:

  • Slurry rheology characterisation
  • Pipe loop tests
  • Thickener test work
  • Filtration test work
  • Design of unique or customised test equipment
  • Travel to mine sites to conduct on-site test work
  • Analysis of test work data
  • Preparation of laboratory test reports
  • Perform day-to-day administrative tasks for the slurry test facility, when required
  • Preparation of test work proposals
  • Project management
  • Lead by example, practicing safe behaviour and habits
  • Contribute and/or lead as part of the Slurry Test Laboratory Team
  • Supervise the operation and maintenance of test equipment (pumps, valves etc.)
  • Perform at a high-level of quality and productivity in the Slurry Test Laboratory Team
  • Application of technical skills to perform problem solving and engineering tasks to solve complex testing requirements
  • 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:
  • BTech or BSc engineering degree
  • Three to five years’ experience in mining or industrial plant environment, ideally in some type of test capacity
  • Strong presentation and technical writing skills, especially technical reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills and desire to work in a hands-on slurry test facility environment
  • Strong computer skills, particularly with Microsoft Excel
  • Fluent in English, both written and oral
  • A valid driver’s license and willingness to travel
  • South African citizenship or valid work visa
Personal characteristics
  • Ability to work safely and productively in an office, industrial or mine plant 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 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

Please send the following:

  • Your Curriculum Vitae and contactable references
  • A covering letter explaining why you consider yourself a good candidate for the position


  • Subject Line: Test Technologist / Engineer Position
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