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Protection Technician - High Voltage Electrical Maintenance

Date: 28-Dec-2021

Location: Collie, WA, AU, 6225

Company: South32 Group Operations Pty. Ltd.

South32 is a globally diversified mining and metals company. Our purpose is to make a difference by developing natural resources, improving people’s lives now and for generations to come. We are trusted by our owners and partners to realise the potential of their resources. We produce bauxite, alumina, aluminium, metallurgical coal, manganese, nickel, silver, lead and zinc at our operations in Australia, Southern Africa and South America. With a focus on growing our base metals exposure, we also have two development options in North America and several partnerships with junior explorers around the world.


The Opportunity 
Live in the beautiful South-West region Western Australia and return home each night, working an attractive 4 x 10-hour day roster. Reporting to the High Voltage Electrical Supervisor, the main aspect of this role is to safely execute high voltage protection relay programming, interrogation, maintenance and replacement at the Worsley Alumina Refinery and associated assets.


The successful candidate will be offered a permanent position with our HV Electrical Maintenance Team.


Role activities Include

  • Testing and maintaining HV Protection Systems
  • Safe isolation of high voltage electrical apparatus
  • Testing and maintaining power transformers
  • Testing and maintaining high voltage switchgear
  • Periodic testing of high voltage cables
  • Execution of various scheduled inspections
  • Fault finding/repair of HV equipment
  • DC battery system and UPS maintenance and testing

About you
The successful candidate will have had extensive experience in a similar role and be able to work as part of a team or independently depending on requirements and will be able to follow all safety practices and procedures in place.


In addition, you will have:

  • Current Western Australian ‘C’ class drivers’ license
  • Demonstrated experience in protection relay programming, interrogation and testing
  • Well-developed computer literacy skills
  • Ability to read and interpret complex electrical schematics, wiring diagrams, and manuals
  • Applicable engineering degree or diploma


Desirable Qualifications

  • Proficient with power system protection relay interrogation software packages such as acSELerator, Test Universe and ABB REF configuration tools.
  • Western Australian ‘A’ grade electrical license – would be highly regarded
  • High Voltage Switching Qualification


Our Benefits

  • Competitive Salaries
  • Industry leading parental leave and family care policy
  • Education and career development
  • Participation in the Employee Share Plan
  • Incentive bonuses
  • Additional employer superannuation contributions which will depend on the level of employee contributions you choose.
  • Open to discuss upskilling options for the successful candidate
  • Willing to assist with relocation for the successful candidate

About Worsley 
The South32 Worsley Alumina operation is one of the largest and lowest-cost bauxite mining and alumina refining in the world. Worsley manages a bauxite mine, alumina refinery and port operations in Western Australia’s South West.


Our Culture


At South32, our people are fundamental to our success. We’re focused on creating an inclusive workplace, with the right people in the right roles, who are engaged, empowered and appropriately rewarded.
We aspire to be an inclusive organization, where our workforce reflects the broader demographic of the countries and communities where we operate.
South32 embraces diversity and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.


COVID-19 Vaccination requirement

In accordance with the Resources Industry Worker (Restrictions on Access) Directions issued by the Western Australian government, South32 must ensure that all persons who attend its Worsley Alumina operations on and from 1 December 2021 have received the first dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, and on and from 1 January 2022 have received two doses and a third booster shot of an approved COVID-19 vaccine. You acknowledge and agree that you will be required to provide proof of your vaccination status, which will be securely stored in accordance with Australian privacy legislation.