At Covalent we are about more than just extracting a valuable resource; we are a fully integrated operation, and our team will oversee the end-to-end production of battery quality lithium hydroxide. We are backed by one of the biggest lithium producers in the world, SQM, in partnership with respected Australian company, Wesfarmers Limited, to develop and operate the Mount Holland Lithium Project. The Project, when constructed, will include a mine and concentrator at Mount Holland, located south of Southern Cross, and a refinery in Kwinana. Our battery quality lithium hydroxide will have the capacity to store electricity from renewable sources for a wide range of purposes…. approximately one million electric vehicles will be able to go on the road every year when we are operational!
“The Covalent Way” principles guide us in delivering our business with purpose, care, accountability, and collaboration. We are a new business, not constrained by engrained systems, bureaucracy and being the “same”. We recognise the value of difference in creating opportunities to achieve great things in a smarter, collaborative and rewarding way. A reduced dependence on fossil fuels worldwide is essential to achieving a more sustainable future and we are excited, motivated, and looking for people who share our vision of enabling a clean energy future.
The Role – Mechanical Engineer (Refinery)
The Mechanical Engineer performs a business-critical role within the Refinery Maintenance team. This role will provide technical support and assurance to Refinery asset management and maintenance.
The role will require operating discipline, critical thinking, and a continuous improvement mindset to ensure engineering activities support the achievement of Covalent’s strategic goals.
The role will suit someone who thrives on making the complex simple, has a focus on the future and feels comfortable operating through periods of rapid organisational growth/change.
Reporting to the Senior Engineer, the Mechanical Engineer will deliver key activities associated with operational readiness and actively participate in Refinery commissioning leading to full operations. Key deliverables will include:
Risk Management and Technical Assurance – development of mechanical engineering standards and required actions/activities to ensure compliance (includes MSIR/statutory compliance)
Project Interface – support HAZOP Action completion and activities that will enable operational engineering readiness for asset handover.
Maintenance Strategy – development of mechanical equipment maintenance strategies and work instructions.
Maintenance Execution – support maintenance supervisor with the development of precision maintenance standards to support quality maintenance execution.
Equipment Performance – support the development and deployment of business processes and systems to enable effective equipment performance and asset health monitoring.
Contract management – support onboarding of vendors and service contracts for technical/engineering support in operations.
Demonstrated knowledge and application of engineering governance/technical assurance process (development of standards and compliance).
5+ years engineering experience with at least 3 years site based/operational mineral or fixed plant ore processing
Demonstrated track record of problem solving and solution implementation, delivering significant business improvement.
Mechanical or Mechatronic degree qualification.
Valid driver’s licence
Our team members are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work. Candidates from all backgrounds and ages are encouraged to apply, including First Nations People, those who identify as LGBTIQ+, people with disabilities and those with neurodiverse, intersectional, or multiple diverse characteristics.
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