Estate Mechanic (NCT Forestry)


Estate Mechanic (NCT Forestry)

Location: KwaZulu-Natal and South Africa
Sector: Forestry and General
Contract Type: Permanent

Department: Tree Farming – This position is based in Northern KZN (Vryheid Area)
Reporting Manager: Estate Manager and Area Manager

The organisation is a timber co-operative with a number of subsidiary companies. The Head Office is based in Pietermaritzburg, but it has operations throughout KwaZulu-Natal. It has been in existence since 1949 and represents timber farmers in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape and Swaziland. It is a major supplier of timber in the South African market and a global player in the sale of hardwood pulpwood to the South-East Asian markets.

Key Responsibility Areas:

  • Preventative Maintenance of Vehicles and Equipment
    • Compile and maintain a comprehensive preventative maintenance plan for all vehicles and equipment at the workplace
    • Liaise with the Estate Manager daily, weekly and monthly with regards to changes to the preventative maintenance program
    • Plan ahead and schedule major services in collaboration with the Estate Manager and other users of the vehicles and equipment
    • Plan ahead and schedule of analytical inspections and component replacements
    • Plan ahead and schedule work that will need doing in the near future, e.g. cutting edges, welding etc
    • The preventative maintenance program must comply with the Co-op and factory specifications
    • Ensuring correct spares are ordered and that the correct spares arrive on time
    • Ensure service levels are adhered to as per factory specifications
  • Breakdowns and in the field repairs
    • Perform repairs (mechanical or otherwise) as required
    • Weld, repair cracks on all materials
  • Training and People Management
    • Delegate tasks to the assistant mechanic and the workshop assistant
    • Assist in training of machine operators and drivers
  • Administrative Functions
    • Complete monthly returns and keep accurate records of all costs
    • Assist with technical back-up on all equipment utilised in plantation management
    • Ensure that a detailed cost and history is maintained for all equipment, by obtaining quotations and authorisation for parts and services and keeping a record of all costs incurred per piece of equipment
  • General
    • Do fire stand-by when required
    • Liaise with the Technical Manager on a regular basis with regards to equipment maintenance
    • Take control of tools / assets / be responsible for all NCT tools and equipment
    • Supply own tools, all specialised tools supplied by NCT.

Essential Requirements:

  • Qualifications
    • Qualified Diesel Mechanic (trade tested)
    • Suitable technical tertiary qualification
  • Prior training required
    • Firefighting
    • Heavy & Light vehicle driver’s license with PDP
  • Skills required
    • Hydraulics, pneumatics and electronic systems
    • computer literacy: MS 365 (Outlook, Word and Excel)
  • Prior Experience
    • 8 – 10 years’ experience with agricultural equipment, heavy diesel equipment / yellow machines
    • Basic welding skills
    • Experience with Bell / Dezzi / New Holland / John Deere / Massey Fergusson / Cat Grader / TLB’s / JCB / Toyota (LMV)
    • Firefighting equipment such as 2 stroke engines / pumps
  • Personal attributes
    • Above average verbal & written communication
    • Meticulous organisation skills
    • Detail-oriented
    • Prepared to do seasonal standby duties
    • Ability to live and function in a remote setting
  • Language Skills
    • English (speak, read, write)
    • Preferably isiZulu (conversant)
  • Working conditions
    • Stay and live on the Estate. Travel to breakdowns and to service providers / suppliers where necessary
  • Remuneration and Benefits
    • Market related salary, medical aid, pension fund, unfurnished accommodation.

Closing date for applications: 30 November 2021