Lead Mechanical Engineer

  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Durban

SFG Engineering Services

Typical projects undertaken in the division involve multi-disciplinary engineering and project management in the sugar, paper and pulp, brewing and FMCG, materials handling, and related industrial process plant sectors.

Key responsibilities will include:
 Primary responsibility for the successful production of mechanical design deliverables within
the sugar, sugar equipment and industrial sectors, including:
o Concept and feasibility studies;
o Equipment design, technical specification and compliance to applicable specifications;
o Company Projects sugar equipment design and fabrication;
o Mechanical 3D models and drawing deliverables, including plant layouts, general
equipment arrangement, equipment fabrication drawings and piping GA and isometric
o Equipment lists and datasheets, tender enquiry documents, adjudications and quality
control documentation;
o Input to process engineering deliverables including PFDs, P&IDs, sugar mass and
energy balances (where required);
o Ports, terminals, and material’s handling design.
 Responsibility for the management, development and execution of deliverables by reporting
mechanical engineers and draftspersons within the Sugar & Industrial Division;
 Undertake sugar equipment design, construction management and commissioning project
roles as required;
 Undertake factory feasibility, expansion and efficiency optimization assessments;
 Co-ordinating multi-disciplinary engineering project teams;
 Perform project management roles where required;
 The development and maintenance of mechanical software and analyses and optimization tools;
 Effective interface with senior and lead engineers across disciplines and divisions;
 Interface with, manage and maintain Client relationships throughout the project life-cycle;
 Effectively manage contractors and interface effectively with technical expert sugar associates;
 Business Development and marketing, as well as supporting business development initiatives
by the Divisional Manager, Sugar Sector Director, Sugar Equipment Manager and Industrial
Sector Director as necessary;
 Strategic input into the growth of mechanical services offerings in the sugar, industrial and equipment sectors within the region;

Provide mechanical technical support where required to the Sugar and Industrial Sector, regional and international offices and R&D Department;
 Lead technology and innovation initiatives in the Division;

The ideal Candidate should:
 Have a BSc. Eng. (Mechanical) / B.Eng. Mechanical or BTech Mechanical degree;
 Be registered as a Professional Engineer/ Professional Technologist with ECSA (preferable);
 Have at least 10 years of appropriate experience in the sugar or related heavy process plant industry (previous experience in a consulting environment will be an added advantage);
 Have sugar factory operational experience (added advantage);
 Have a thorough working knowledge of the sugar production process, including the necessary insight into front- and back-end sugar equipment operational parameters and design;
 Possess a thorough understanding of engineering projects and a broad understanding of the other engineering disciplines, i.e. Civil, Process, Structural, Instrumentation and Electrical;
 Have a thorough understanding of applicable statutory requirements, standards, specifications and codes within the mechanical engineering environment;
 Be an honest, confident and effective communicator, a self-starter capable of managing teams and deliverables against strict deadlines;
 Have strong interpersonal, analytical and problem solving skills;
 Have a valid driver’s license;
 Have or be able to obtain a valid passport; and
 Be prepared to travel within and outside RSA borders.

To apply for this job email your details to Rosemary@sfgengineering.co.za