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28 Jun, 2018

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The graduate development program, is based on a three year development plan. The opportunity is based on the requirements for the 1st year only with different requirements for each of the following years.

Job Title: Sasol Mechanical Engineer Traineeship

Non-Permanent Employment – 3 year fixed term contract


  • Learn to use technical knowledge to assist business and deliver on targets.
  • Learn how to effectively work with managers and peers.
  • Continuously improve on knowledge relating to your field of work.
  • Gather information from various sources.


It is intended that the Graduate Chemical Engineer focus on the following main elements in order to build skills within operations:

  • Business Awareness,
  • Plant Processes,
  • Monitoring, Assessment and Optimisation of plant units, and
  • Operational Safety.

Within this training period the EIT will have an opportunity to be assessed after every 6 months to demonstrate competencies developed and highlight areas which require focus and at the end of the 36 month period in order to be declared competent.

After being declared competent at the end of the 36 month period, you will become eligible to apply for vacant Engineer gr.I positions. (Subject to the
availability of vacancies).

Rotation to plant operations for 4-6 weeks of shift work.

The structure of the period can be determined by the line manager, either a full shift cycle or only morning shift (therefore getting exposed to various shift groups).


  • Preference will be given to candidates residing in the “Govan Mbeki” (Trichardt, Evander, Kinross, Secunda, Bethal, Standerton, eMbalenhle) area, or with direct family members in the “Govan Mbeki” area.


  • The position requires a minimum of a B.Eng / BSc. Degree in Mechanical Engineering


  • Limited or no practical experience

Business Results: (Graduate Development Program (GDP) Outcomes – based on the 1st year requirements)

  • Fundamental understanding of business drivers, technical drivers and value chains.
  • Understanding the importance of planning and integration.
  • Be able to perform tasks related “Adherence To Plan” (ATOP), daily assurance meeting and “Standard Operating Procedures” (SOP’s).
  • Know the importance of annual budgeting.
  • Familiar with prioritization of projects.
  • Be able to define a business opportunities, by using the correct indicators.
  • Be able to define business risks, applying the business risk assessment tools such as the probability risk ranking matrix, specific job risk assessment,
  • Understand how your business unit fits within your Operating Hub and the Sasol value chain.
  • Understand the impact of upstream- and downstream units on the operation of your allocated plant and vice versa.
  • Understand how production targets and yields are set from a unit perspective, and how these are translated to facility, hub and group targets.
  • Understand the daily plant rhythm and how it relates to all the planning activities.
  • Familiar with, and attend respective meetings associated with planning: i.e. Adherence to Operations Planning (ATOP) and daily assurance meeting
    and Standard Operating Procedure’s (SOPS)
  • Understand the tools used for basic scheduling and planning processes such as the Linear Programming (LP) model.
  • Understand how annual budgeting is derived from scheduling (weekly, monthly) and what the inputs are.
  • Attend weekly production planning meetings.
  • Attend plan-do-review (PDR) meetings.
  • Correctly preform economic evaluations of small projects, ideas and modifications.
  • Establish how projects and value addition opportunities are justified within operations.
  • Understand the important indicators for a business opportunity and how they are determined.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terminology i.e. Internal rate of return (IRR), Hurdle rate, Nett Present Value (NPV), etc.
  • Understand how funding is prioritized.
  • Be able to develop a Business Case.


  • Language skills – English proficient
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Computer literate (MS Office)

Engineer in Training (EIT): Mechanical (Non-Permanent Employee)

Operating entity: Secunda Chemicals Operations (Technical Support)

Geographical area: Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Opportunity Closing Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018

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