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Process Engineer - Hydrometallurgy

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Date: Nov 20, 2022

Location: Perth, Western Australia, AU

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 72346 

Job Category: Metals 

Location: Perth, Western Australia, Australia 

With over six decades of business and technical experience in the mining, energy, and infrastructure sectors, we see challenges evolving in every industry. We respond quickly with solutions that are smarter, more efficient, and innovative. We draw upon our 9,000 staff, with experience in over 150 countries, to challenge the status quo and create positive change for our clients, our employees, and the communities we serve.

If it isn't grown, it's mined. Our mining and metals teams help our clients to safely and sustainably mine the minerals and metals used in our everyday lives. Want to play a part of innovating and optimizing the mining life cycle on greenfield and brownfield facilities? Apply today!


Looking to take the next step in your career? Hatch is currently seeking highly motivated Process Engineers to join the Metals team in Perth.


Hatch serves the world’s mining and metals industry with studies, design, engineering, development of innovative technologies, and project and construction management through to commissioning and operations for both greenfield and brownfield facilities. We are a Tier 1, employee-owned company who are process engineering driven, delivering smart solutions to tough problems. 


Hatch is at the forefront of providing clients with plants to produce materials needed for a low carbon future. Key elements in reducing CO2 emissions are vehicle electrification and mass energy storage using lithium-ion batteries. Amplifying these technologies, the production of rare earth metals for rare earth magnet production enables very significant efficiency gains in electric motors and wind turbines. The industries creating the required metals or metal salts are new, challenging and require innovative approaches. Join us in creating positive change throughout the entire metals-energy lifecycle value chain.


As the successful candidate, you will: 


  • Design flowsheets for each unique ore or feedstock, optimizing the business case for implementation
  • Assist in feasibility studies and detailed design for metals projects; particularly in the alumina, nickel, lithium, rare earths and battery materials industries.
  • Prepare design calculations and documentation and development of mass balance models in simulation software (METSIM, SysCAD, IDEAS)
  • Provide process design requirements to designers 
  • Prepare process equipment data sheets, including technical details and duties as required.
  • Ensure process specifications portray the appropriate information and design intent.
  • Participate in Hazops 
  • Work with the project team to prepare capital and operating cost estimates.
  • Assist in plant commissioning for metals, battery material and rare earths

You bring to the role: 


  • Process experience in either an engineering contracting environment or consultancy organisations in the metallurgical industry. Experience in the design and operation of hydrometallurgy and pyrometallurgy processes for metals - lithium,  nickel, cobalt, copper, alumina, zinc, gold and rare earths will be highly regarded, as will operational experience.
  • Recognised qualifications in Chemical or Metallurgical Engineering from an accredited college or university
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Planning and organizational skills
  • Good general computer literacy

Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally

As an accredited Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (WGEA) and Equal Opportunity Employer, we are committed to fostering a workforce in each of our locations that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate. Within Australia, this includes supporting and encouraging a flexible workplace and a comprehensive benefit offering. If you have any special needs requirements, please discuss with us and we will do our utmost to accommodate your request.


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