Mechanical Technician Vacancy at National Research Foundation

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10 Nov, 2014

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Technician Jobs in South Africa

National Research Foundation Recruitment

Main Purpose of Job: The Mechanical Technician will undertake full responsibility for the operation, fault-finding, repairs, maintenance and upgrade/refurbishment of the site cooling water plant. The incumbent will also be responsible for the planning, procurement, installation and commissioning of any modifications and/or additions to the above-mentioned equipment.


Minimum requirements:

  • ND (Mechanical Engineering)
  • OR N3 and Trade Test Certificate: Millwright / Fitter & Turner / Refrigeration Mechanic / Technician (Industrial)
  • 5 – 10 years’ post qualification experience in commissioning and maintenance of cooling water plants or systems.


The following will be an added advantage:

  • Exposure to refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.
  • Exposure to fire detection/protection systems.
  • Welding (TIG), brazing and silver soldering skills.


Skills & attributes:

  • Good technical report writing skills
  • Good interpersonal & communication skills
  • Analytical thinking skills
  • Ability to work under pressure with minimum supervision
  • Problem solving skills
  • Good organizational skills
  • Reliable and team player
  • Computer literate

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Planning, assembling, installing and/or commissioning chilled water systems
  • Repairing, maintaining and modifying cooling water pumps/valves, and distributing equipment according to requirements.
  • Carrying out routine and preventative maintenance during shutdowns according to a planned activity list.
  • Performing routine reliability checks on fire protection and detection systems.
  • Planning, implementing and administering effective preventive maintenance programs.
  • Compiling, reviewing and maintaining procedures and policies.
  • Providing training to apprentices, trainees and/or members of staff as required.


Must have previous work experience in

  • Use of maintenance tools and equipment.
  • Technical fault finding, diagnosis and analysis
  • Working with rotating machines.
  • Exposure to high noise levels in certain areas.


The ideal candidate will have the following competencies:


  • apply mechanical engineering techniques and practices within a specific mechanical area
  • apply theoretical, problem-solving and lateral thinking in the design of new machines, equipment or mechanical systems
  • communicate, present and work independently and in team environments to convey sound mechanical engineering insights and solutions
  • diagnose mechanical problem
  • communicate sound mechanical engineering insights and solutions to the rest of the team
  • work to high levels of safety and good mechanical practice


  • advanced mechanical theory, workshop and/or hand skills practices
  • planning mechanical work assignments in workshop or simulated conditions
  • basic project management environments


  • creative problem-solving approaches
  • mathematics and/or science
  • research conducted to solve practical engineering problems and improve efficiency
  • the design, development, manufacture and maintenance of mechanical equipment
  • the theory and practice of the mechanical area (professional or trade level)

The National Research Foundation (NRF) supports and promotes research and human capital development through funding, the provision of National Research Facilities and science outreach platforms and programmes to the broader community in all fields of science and technology, including natural science , engineering, social science and humanities.

The iThemba Laboratory for accelerator based sciences is a group of multidisciplinary research laboratories administered by the NRF. Based at two sites in the Western Cape and Gauteng, these provide facilities for:

  • Basic and applied research using particle beams
  • Particle radiotherapy for the treatment of cancer
  • The supply of accelerator-produced radionuclides for medical and industrial applications


How to Apply

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Apply online before 20/11/2014.
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