Process Operators – Fixed Plant

Northern Minerals is a company built on strong values around integrity, respect for others, community, and the spirit and belief in dreaming big.

That spirit and tenacity sees us now rocketing towards achieving our goal of becoming the first significant producer of the rare earth mineral dysprosium outside of China in the world.

Our pilot plant project in the Browns Range is in the final construction stages. As such we are looking to now build our operations team.

We are currently looking to employ 21 experienced Process Operatorswho will responsible for maintaining the fixed plant equipment in different areas across the Beneficiation Plant, complex Hydro Plant, Control room and Tail & Bore operations.

Your roles will entail:

General Plant

  • Operate fixed plant equipment according to standard procedures including carrying out start-ups and shut downs as directed
  • Carry out inspections on a regular basis throughout the shift
  • Carry out minor mechanical repairs to the plant within your ability and training
  • Assist in the training of other employees
  • Carry out plant sections stops and starts according to current instructions and training
  • Continually monitor the plant for abnormal signs of operation and take appropriate action to rectify the problem or notify the appropriate personnel
  • Keep track of reagent usage and replenish reagents as required
  • Carry out sampling, preparation and testing of process streams according to instructions
  • Prevent contamination of process streams by regular inspections and maintenance of equipment
  • Operate plant and equipment in a manner to minimise down time
  • Carry out fault finding of the plant and report your findings to the control room operator, Shift Boss or Maintenance Supervisor
  • Carry out operation checks, and tasks as indicated in training manuals
  • Use electronic communication equipment as per company procedures
  • Raise plant suggestions where you see a need or benefit to the plant, personnel or production
  • Assist in the provision of services such as plant cleaning and pipeline maintenance
  • Participate in training and implement the knowledge and skills gained
  • Perform routine inspections of individual pieces of equipment including crusher, SAG mill, WHIMS/ LIMS, flotations cells, screens, sumps, pumps, thickeners, tanks, filter presses, dryers, rotary kiln, waste gas systems and water treatment plant
  • Maintain water balance by closely monitoring process flows
  • Make process adjustments based on Lab results and Metallurgical direction


Control Room

  • Monitor entire plant via the Honeywell control system (onsite training for use of Honeywell systems)
  • Inform section operators of potential problems and changes in trend information.
  • Liaise with Production Superintendent, maintenance personnel and individual section operators to maintain consistent plant balance and ensure the plant is running to a suitable production constraint
  • Perform start-up/shutdown procedures on individual equipment as requested by sectional operators and/or maintenance personnel.
  • Input maintenance requests/malfunction reports as required
  • Communicate problems/issues to sectional operators for investigation
  • Follow/enforce correct procedures in case of emergency and evacuations
  • Provide information for daily reports and fill in log sheets as required


  • Tails and Bore Field Operations
  • When required, to perform field operational tasks, inspections and adjustments to ensure the tailings is running in a safe and efficient manner
  • Pump relocations and setting up of piping for dewatering of any locations as directed and any other miscellaneous duties as required


To be considered you’ll be required to:

  • Have 3 + years’ experience as a Process Technician or Fixed Plant Operator / Maintainer within a process plant environment
  • Experience in base metal flotation highly desirable (please clearly outline this or any hydro-metallurgical, magnetic separation complex processing type experience in your resume)
  • Be experienced working on a remote mine site, have a commitment to safety and your team
  • Have sound numerical and literacy skills, strong communication skills and a good mechanical aptitude
  • Have a current Drivers licence and the ability to pass a pre-employment medical including drug screen
  • HR Class Drivers Licence; forklift and skid steer (bobcat), front end loader tickets desirable but not essential
  • Be culturally sensitive and actively support our aboriginal engagement and aboriginal training to work initiatives
  • Be a positive, collaborative and inclusive team member who embodies our values of integrity and respecting others



Position is based in Browns Range Pilot Plant Project, Western Australia.  The position is required to work on a rotating shift basis.  Roster is 15 days on 6 days off, one 2 week shift of days, break, then 2 week shift of nights and so on.

Travel is all in company time.

Point of Hire / FIFO from Perth or Broome


 Why this is a great opportunity for you


CULTURE. Our culture on site is second to none. As a small and remote site Browns Range has a great family feel, so the type of people who join our team is very important to us. We want you to be able to enjoy work-life away from home in an environment where you matter and will be part of the bigger Northern Minerals journey.


THE PROJECT. It really is a cool project. Rare earths, clean energy, think Electric cars! You’ll be working on something different and be part of a bigger picture for resources in our country and the world. Rather than simply crushing big rocks, you’ll be working on a complex processing techniques in the hydro plant.


COMMUNITY. You’ll be part of a company and project that is truly committed to improving the lives of the community and traditional owners in the area. With a national benchmark aboriginal training to work facility being built on site, you really will be part of something more than just a mining project.


OWNERSHIP. It’s a pilot plant so each role is unique and hands on. You’ll have ownership of your role and you as an individual will make a real impact on the project.


OPPORTUNITY TO DEVELOP. Build a career not a job. As a core member our early team now you can plan for the future with more opportunities for the full scale project in 3 years. Work on a great pilot plant with the bigger picture project in mind!


BE VALUED. At Northern you aren’t a number. The executive team knows who you are, you aren’t just a cog in a wheel, we don’t think you’re easily replaceable, you will be recognised for your individual efforts and make a real difference.


If you’re looking to join an exciting flagship project with a team of exceptional individuals with much more in their sights than a project timeline, then please apply now and we’ll be in touch soon.

We are currently in the interview process however as there are many positions available we are still on the lookout.

Be sure to check out the video we created in the meantime which shows you the Browns Range camp, site, plant and some short interviews with the team!

Please contact

Rob Gallacher 0478760714 or