Instrument Operator

Vacancy Details

Job Title:Instrument Operator
Date Posted:15/10/2019
Closing Date:28/10/2019
Company:DAL Mining
Job Classification:mid-level (4-7 years)
Job Category:Production (Manufacturing & Maintenance)
Location:Kilo 8

Position summary:

To perform routine instrumental analysis of geochemical samples in order to achieve customer turnaround time requirements within the set safety and quality standards.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Instrument Operation:

  • Operate analytical equipment in the analysis of geochemical samples in order to meet client requirements of turnaround time and quality. 

Basic Equipment Maintenance:

  • Perform routine basic day to day instrument maintenance and repairs to ensure optimal performance and availability of the instruments.


  • Perform instrument calibration to ensure accurate data is produced during analysis of samples.

Quality Records:

  • Analyze samples and maintain instrument run data to ensure traceability of all analysis.

External Equipment Servicing:

  • Liaise and coordinate with Senior Quality Control and Technical Support Chemist on servicing and maintenance of analytical instruments to ensure timeous service provision by the relevant suppliers.

Health & Safety Standards:

  • Maintain safe work conditions and clean, orderly work environment at all times to ensure contamination is eliminated or minimized.

Reagents and solution preparation:

  • Ensure required solutions are prepared and available when required to minimize downtime and that spent solutions are disposed of in an environmentally sound manner.

Quality Control:

  • Perform work within established quality control parameters and implement appropriate corrective actions on nonconforming work before reporting of data. 

Quality Policy and procedures:

  • Ensure all work is performed in strict adherence to work instructions and strong commitment to quality and integrity to ensure data quality is achieved consistently. 

Inventory Control:

  • Maintain inventory of instrument consumables to avoid equipment downtime.

Minimum Qualification & Experience:


  • Diploma/Degree/Post Graduate Degree in Chemistry or related Scientific Field
  • Professional Certification in Chemistry or Scientific Field
  • Accredited in Chemistry or related scientific field
  • Professional Membership in Chemistry related Field


  • Minimum 5 years work experience in Analytical laboratory
  • Minimum 3 years work experience with instrumentation within an analytical services laboratory

Required Skills & Knowledge:

  • Fluent in English
  • Business Administration
  • Quality Assurance and Quality Control
  • MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Visio) 
  • The ability to solve problems and think diagnostically
  • Ability to troubleshoot and maintain equipment AAS, ICP-OES, etc.
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Data handling skills
  • Good team working skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Ability to review accuracy of data
  • The ability to learn by oneself

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