Lead Engineer Mechanical

South Africa

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Job Lead Engineer Mechanical
Location South Africa
Discipline Engineering
Education HBO higher vocational education
Position Permanent position
In Short

Are you the Lead Engineer Mechanical who likes to be responsible for analysing, designing, developing and maintaining engineering solutions? Then you might be our new colleague!

  1. Open
  2. Interviews scheduled (applications are still possible)
  3. Second round of interviews (check with the recruitment team if applications are still possible)
  4. Final interviews (applications are not possible anymore)
  5. Vacancy filled (applications are not possible anymore)
  1. Vacancy available
  2. Interviews scheduled
  3. Second round of interviews
  4. Final interviews
  5. Vacancy filled
Your job

IHC South Africa (Pty) Ltd’s activities within the dredging, offshore, mining and mission equipment markets are based on the three pillars of sales, projects and technical services. As part of its strategy to strengthen its presence and further develop the southern African region, it is currently seeking an Lead Engineer (Mechanical) to work in Cape Town. As the Lead Engineer (Mechanical), you will be responsible for analysing, designing, developing and maintaining engineering solutions for IHC products, technologies, production processes, installations and equipment. In addition, you will lead and coordinate a team of engineers, technicians and other technical personnel in the preparation and realisation of project deliverables. This will be done in accordance with customer requirements, legislation and regulations, IHC engineering standards, and technical and operational guidelines. You will contribute to efficient production methods and maximise the reliability, quality, safety, sustainability and efficiency of installations and equipment at optimum cost levels. Within this role, you will be responsible for:

  • managing and coaching less experienced engineers, technicians and other relevant personnel
  • overseeing the development of technical documentation as required
  • performing calculations and/or finite element analysis
  • overseeing the concept identification, development and the tradeoff process
  • carrying out design and modelling activities, including the detail design process
  • ensuring that the design is of a high quality, that it is fit for purpose and meets the expected safety standards 
  • managing a project design team, and offering input and feedback where necessary
  • taking responsibility for all technical aspects relating to a particular project, in support of the assigned Project Manager who you will report to
  • providing input and assisting the Project Engineering Manager with the development of engineering procedures and specifications, and the operational department year plan
  • ensuring adherence to policies, procedures and standards
  • developing and maintaining up-to-date records of engineering reference materials.

Your profile

To be eligible for the position of Lead Engineer Mechanical, you must have:

  • a higher vocational education (HBO) in mechanical engineering
  • registration as a Professional Engineer with ECSA (or be eligible for this within one year)
  • at least seven years of technical experience within the marine mining, oil and gas, or marine infrastructure sector
  • a customer and OSBIT (on specification, budget and in time) focus
  • sufficient cross-disciplinary knowledge that allows you to lead subsystem discussions and assess competing solutions
  • in-depth knowledge and experience of using design codes (DNV, Lloyds and ABS) in the marine environment 
  • attention to detail and a commitment to technical excellence
  • excellent organisation and problem-solving abilities
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • the ability to provide technical leadership and line management to a small team
  • a self-motivated personality, with the ability to perform effectively under pressure
  • a capacity for planning and delegating work appropriately 
  • the ability to ensure compliance with the configuration management system
  • the ability to evaluate work practices, implement new systems, and suggest alternatives and refinements where necessary
  • a willingness to work a demanding schedule including after hours, in order for assigned projects to meet OSBIT
  • excellent computer literacy skills, including experience with Microsoft Office and computer-aided design packages (3D modelling).

Our offer

IHC South Africa offers you a challenging job where technology is placed at the forefront of today’s possibilities. You will work in an organisation that is developing at full speed, where your qualities and talents are valued, and where you will have every opportunity to develop further.

Our organisation

As a Lead Engineer (Mechanical), you will work at IHC South Africa. Based in Cape Town, the organisation forms part of the southern Africa sub-region and is responsible for representing Royal IHC (IHC) in all its markets. IHC South Africa is part of IHC, the global market leader in the construction of specialist ships for wet mining and dredging activities, and an important player in the field of complex custom-built offshore vessels. However, we do not stop there. For every ship, we also develop advanced equipment that is integrated seamlessly. In addition, we offer life-cycle support to our customers, which is available worldwide and for the lifetime of our products. If you look at our customer base, you will find prominent dredging companies, oil and gas conglomerates, offshore contractors and national governments. With offices worldwide, IHC has an international orientation. Today, we have 3,000 colleagues working in various locations across the globe. For more information about IHC please visit: www.royalihc.com.


Are you interested in the position of Lead Engineer (Mechanical) and do you recognise yourself in the job description? If so, please respond directly through our website http://www.royalihc.com/careers or by using the apply button.

Your CV must be accompanied by a motivational letter stating why you should be considered for the position. As part of your letter, the following should be clearly stated:

  • your nationality and whether you hold a valid South African work permit
  • your date of birth and level of experience
  • whether you were previously considered disadvantaged or have a disability
  • your annual salary expectations.
An online assessment and screening may form part of the recruitment process. Please note, preference will be given to previously disadvantaged individuals or those with disabilities. 

For more information about Royal IHC, the vacancy and the application process, please visit www.royalihc.com or call the Staffing department on +31 (0)88 015 4444.


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