Process Engineer

Process Engineers transform low value, impure raw materials into commercially valuable products. The main sources of these raw materials are low grade minerals, by-products of other processing operations and recycled materials. Minerals process engineers are employed in all stages of raw materials processing.

Personal requirements of a Process Engineer may include:

  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • High attention to detail
  • Problem solving
  • Good maths and science
  • Project management
  • Leadership qualities
  • Aptitude for computing and design

Process Engineers may complete the following tasks:

  • Study and apply physical methods for separating minerals from their ores using magnetic, electric, gravity or chemical methods;
  • Apply methods for extracting commercial quantities of minerals from their ores;
  • Supervise sampling from various stages of processing;
  • Advise operators on changes necessary to improve the process;
  • Improve process methods;
  • Develop and control methods of storing and treating waste material, and
  • Prepare technical reports
  • Coordinate recovery of samples for laboratory analysis and testing;
  • Choose and operate a combination of treatments to produce the desired quality of products at optimum efficiency; and
  • Prepare cost budgets of operations to evaluate economic feasibility of processes

This position requires the completion of a university degree in engineering.