Fact Sheet
Maintenance Operator

A wide-ranging field of work and two key players! Sovereigns of electrical circuits and motors, and maestros of hydraulic pumps, motors and cylinders — Electrician-Instrumentation operators and Mechanical operators are two essential links in the production chain.

They are the true guardians ensuring the proper functioning of the multiple, complex workings of a world-class metallurgical facility!


Prevention (preventive maintenance)

Maintenance Operators are responsible for, among other things, preventing breakdowns and unscheduled shutdowns, primarily by means of regular equipment maintenance. They maintain a schedule of regular maintenance and use checklists. They must comply with the approved operating procedures and have an unerring knowledge of the equipment and components under their care. Attention to detail is a must.

Repair (corrective maintenance)

If there is a breakdown, Maintenance Operators are called in immediately and given the task of carrying out repairs. Their terms of reference also include keeping records of corrective maintenance and writing up reports. Their powers of observation and writing skills are always kept sharp.

Proactive problem solving (proactive maintenance)

This is probably the most stimulating aspect of maintenance as it requires the greatest amount of technical knowledge. At the hub of a multidisciplinary team (including engineers and managers), Maintenance Operators help analyse the maintenance work done over a given period of time, as recorded in the SAP software, and then participate in introducing proactive measures designed to prevent the reoccurrence of past problems and breakdowns.

What are the essential qualities?

Attention to detail and precision

Industrial Maintenance Operators work on sophisticated equipment that requires highly precise adjustments. One degree too much in a furnace or too much pressure in a cylinder could well result in a breakdown or production shutdown!

Curiosity and concentration

Given the wide range of equipment types to be maintained, Maintenance Operators must be curious and have a strong ability to learn in the heat of the action. These qualities are essential if there is a need to act quickly with a new piece of equipment.

Self-starter and communicative

Maintenance Operators work with teams. The other team members expect them to provide information on the wear and tear of various equipment components, among other things. They must also be responsive and take initiative.

Educational requirements

Industrial Maintenance Operators have a bac +2 in industrial, electrical, electro-technical or even electro-mechanical maintenance.

In New Caledonia, Lycée Jules Garnier offers a BTS (vocational training certificate) with an electro-technical specialisation.

In addition to this diploma, they also have various electricity-related accreditations to work with, for example, low-voltage (BT certificate) or high voltage (HT certificate), or to perform general work in low-voltage areas (BR certificate), or to lock-out (and return to service) electrical systems and equipment (BC certificate).

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