Utilities Manager – Mechanical Engineer


Purpose of Position:

Complement Recruitment are recruiting for a Utilities Manager – Mechanical Engineer from within the field of Thermic Heaters, compressor, chillers, water treatment plants, for a permanent position in eThekwini, Durban, KwaZulu Natal. The primary responsibility is to ensure effective, energy efficient operations of utilities for the line & resin plant & keeping utilities equipment’s performances within bench mark limits & execution of themes related to energy & cost savings. All in order to maximize the machine up times for productions & implementing planned, predictive & proactive maintenance. Applicants must be able to start in January 2022. Salary: R40-60k CTC Per Month

Check out our site to apply directly – www.complement.co.za/jobs

Minimum Essential Requirements:

  • B Tech / Degree in Mechanical engineering
  • 15 years relevant experience in M&U (Advantageous: packaging equipment, cooler, thermo etc experience)


  • 8-10 years’ experience in Thermic Heater, compressor, chillers, water treatment plants management
  • Relevant Technical skills (Machine & Utilities)
  • Planning & Execution
  • Commercial orientation
  • Must be well versed on OHSA Compliance requirements
  • Leadership skills
  • Advanced Computer Literacy
  • Excellent planning & execution skills
  • Flexible & Resilient
  • Ability to manage team in pressurized environment

Essential requirements

  • Available to attend to plant emergencies weekdays/weekend
  • Own & reliable transport

Principal Accountabilities & Responsibilities

Outcomes Activities for achieving Outcomes

Ensure maximum uptime of Machines & Equipment’s

  • Through implementation of the maintenance management systems like PM, TPM and industry best practices
  • Identify a system to capture the needs of the internal customer and make a system to take Actions
  • Initiate regular meetings with internal customers to improve collective performance as per the budgeted figures
  • Compliance of preventive maintenance schedule and condition monitoring schedule of equipment’s
  • Equipment efficiency has been maintained as design.

Repairs and maintenance of all equipment’s in the plant

  • Designing and maintaining PM
  • Designing and maintaining Lubrication system
  • Coordination with the production process for scheduling and implementing the planned repairs and maintenance

Budgeting and maintaining inventory of the critical spares & consumables

  • Identify critical spares of the plant & maintain the spares to ensure that plant is not disturbed Indigenization of spares
  • Implementation of maintenance management system
  • Ensure all the required consumables always be available for run the system.
  • Maintain the fuel stock level as required

Reduction in overall cost/maintenance cost/energy cost

  • To take initiatives each year to reduce the energy cost, fuel cost, maintenance cost
  • Implement the required system to control the cost
  • Identify PSP Projects and involve reduction

Ensure the Utility system condition

  • All the Utility systems always be ready for operation
  • The system should be able to supply the source as required for process without fail
  • Ensure the manpower availability for operate the equipment as required.
  • All utilities provided at the low cost to plant

To maintain the plant building & structure condition & ensure compliance

  • To inspect the building & structure condition on periodic basis.
  • To arrange the required source to attend all the required maintenance for the building and structure.
  • To ensure all the building maintenance work is done as per requirement.
  • To identify the required legal approval for the building & structure.
  • To arrange the legal certificate as required for the building.

Capacity Upgradation & Automation Projects

  • Estimating & costing of new project proposals.
  • Planning and execution of new project and plant modification job.
  • Preparing BOM and BOQ for the modification, indenting, assist purchase to procure the desired equipment.
  • Prepare the Drawing for plant approval & Legal approval and inspection.
  • Complete the erection & commissioning with optimum utilization of available resources with adopting safer practices

Ensuring Continuous Process Improvements

  • To ensure timely resolution of abnormalities for better safety and human/ plant efficiency capability/competency development of the team
  • To conduct trainings to increase the skill level of NMS. officers and carry out skill evaluation on half yearly basis

TQM Practices

Ensure compliance with TQM practices for his department through participation & periodic reviews

Team work

Motivates the team reporting to him, challenges them with stretched targets and reviews their performances; Enable the team to efficiently handle plant maintenance by training and coaching the team

Nature of Subordinate Activities

  • The incumbent’s subordinates are responsible for execution of maintenance schedules and maintenance of critical spares
  • Utility team members will be responsible for operation & maintenance of utilities
  • Working Relationships
  • Coordinates with the production process and plans maintenance of the plant.
  • Coordinates with production planning process for availability of machines for PM
  • Coordinates with local vendors for critical spares.
  • Coordination with Contractor for manpower planning & supply,

Challenges/Complexity of Job

  • Reducing or eliminating reoccurring problems related to machineries and equipment through Various Problem solving techniques
  • Continuous focus on improving internal customer satisfaction
  • Development of local vendors/ indigenization of spares.
  • Keep plant in best shape
  • Ensure highest level of plant uptime
  • Scarcity of skill and hence Skill development of a local Team is a major challenge

Decision Making Boundaries

The incumbent takes decisions related to planning and scheduling maintenance in the plant & planning and scheduling maintenance in the plant and those relating to maintenance spares selection of new vendors, inventory of spares.

Other Duties:

  • Mechanical maintenance of Resin Plant & Utilities Operations
  • Compliance, Job Knowledge, Quality Orientation, Planning and Execution, Achievement Orientation, Communication, Analysis, Team Working
  • Ability to be self-managed and multitask; Excellent communication skills
  • Candidates must have own transport to and from Cato Ridge
  • Proficiency in MS Office/ Excel Skills & Oracle (advantageous)
  • Experience and skillset: coal boilers, steam systems, cooling towers, refrigeration systems, air compressors, waste water treatment plants, water filtration (UF/RO), valves, pumps, piping systems, heat exchangers, electrical systems, instrumentation and civil work
  • Sharing utility improvements for packaging or Horizontal deployment
  • Ad-Hoc Engineering Services Related matters

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