Due date for Applications: 26/10/2020

Job description

Status: Permanent

Location: Mechanised Harvesting

Grade: C4

Reporting line: Manager: Mechanised


Role Mandate

  • To maintain mechanised harvesting equipment and ensure that all equipment is managed according to preventative maintenance schedule to ensure maximum uptimes.


Key Accountabilities

  • Plan, coordinate and perform preventative maintenance and services according to OEM (original machine manufacturer) specifications
  • Compare outside work delivered in order to realize value for money
  • Perform minor repairs on equipment and vehicles as per preventative maintenance schedule
  • Ensure planned preventative maintenance and service is adhered to during shift changes and weekly service
  • Ensure guide bar and chains are properly maintained
  • Calibrate harvester heads to ensure accurate log dimensions and value recovery
  • Manage daily vehicle inspection sheets and breakdown reports
  • Prioritise, coordinate and repair according to vehicle inspection sheets
  • Perform machine condition assessments
  • Plan preventative maintenance work during shut down period, to ensure machine uptime for the New Year
  • Conduct fault finding and troubleshooting on equipment
  • Determine possible reason for breakdowns and ensure loss time is kept to the minimum
  • Gather information and discuss with technical staff of OEM during major breakdowns
  • Coordinate and resolve breakdown depending on the complexity of breakdown in order to limit downtime
  • Manage breakdown registers in all harvesting equipment
  • Plan service to minimize loss of production time
  • Organize required oils and lubrication for planned service
  • Assist during actual service
  • Keep small inventory of critical spares, oils and lubrications
  • Schedule service truck for diesel refuelling
  • Calibrate dispensing units on service truck
  • Keep detailed records of all interventions per machine


Minimum Requirements

  • Qualified Artisan: Diesel and/ or Petrol Mechanic Trade Test
  • At least 2 years relevant experience
  • Knowledge of mechanised harvesting equipment will be advantageous
  • Auto electrical experience and hydraulic experience will be an added advantage
  • Valid driver’s license

Leadership                BehaviouralTechnical
  • Driving Change
  • Business acumen
  • Operational Delivery


  • Assertiveness
  • Persuasion & Influence
  • Problem solving (Trouble shooting)
  • Analytical & critical thinking



  • Mechanical Skills
  • Quality Management
  • Compliance
  • Inventory Management
  • Sound knowledge automation systems


SAFCOL Group is an equal opportunity company with the focus on gender equality and people with disabilities.
Employment Equity will be taken into consideration in terms of all appointments within SAFCOL.
Interested qualified individuals can e-mail a concise CV and must submit relevant copies of qualifications in confidence to:

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