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Instrumentation Technician

Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal
5 days ago
Application ends: July 22, 2024
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Deadline date:
July 22, 2024

Job Description

AVI Ltd. is known for its leading household brands across many categories including: hot beverages, sweet and savoury biscuits and snacks, frozen convenience foods, personal care products, cosmetics, shoes, accessories, and fashion apparel.


NATIONAL BRANDS LIMITED operates 5 manufacturing sites, offering world class manufacturing facilities in Isando (Johannesburg), Rosslyn (Pretoria), Westmead and Durban (KZN). It is home to some of the best-known South African tea, coffee and creamer brands, including our delicious range of much-loved savoury and sweet biscuits, and our melt-in-your-mouth snack range.


An exciting opportunity exists for an Instrumentation Technician at NATIONAL BRANDS LIMITED Biscuits, Westmead.  The purpose of the role is to support the factory in all automation projects; and provide support to ensure preventative maintenance minimizes plant downtime.  


Line Manager: Automation and Control Technician


Job Specification:

Key Performance Areas:

  • Maintenance of PLC’s and SCADA on site
  • Extend the PLC/SCADA footprint where opportunities present themselves
  • Operates electronic instrumentation and related electromechanical or electro hydraulic apparatus used for operational and environmental testing of mechanical, structural or electrical equipment and translates test data for engineering staff
  • Maintain all automation software backups to current
  • Selects, installs, calibrate and checks sensing, telemetering and recording instrumentation and circuitry
  • Develops specifications for non- standard apparatus according to engineering data, characteristics of equipment under test and capabilities of procurable test apparatus.
  • Fault finding and fixing of automation systems including PLC’s and drives
  • Fault finding on electrical low voltage system
  • Instrumentation and Light current installation and maintenance
  • Minor PLC and SCADA Programming
  • Assisting Production Specialist on projects

Minimum Requirements:


  • At least 5 years’ experience as an Instrumentation – Automation or Electronic Technician
  • FMCG or manufacturing industry experience would be advantageous
  • Computer literacy and Siemens PLC experience is essential


  • Completed N6 Certificate or an engineering related National Diploma (S4/T3/T4), or related qualification in Electronic/Electrical Engineering (Light Current)
  • Electrical/Instrumentation Trade Test

Additional Requirements:

  • Excellent PLC knowledge (Siemens and Allan Bradley)
  • Proficiency using Scada/Wonderware
  • Sound understanding of the principles and theory of Electrical and Instrumentation circuits
  • Interpretation of electrical drawings
  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • SAP experience advantageous



  • Thinking Analytically
  • Interpreting Data
  • Thinking Rationally
  • Thinking Conceptually
  • Meeting Deadlines
  • Attention to Detail
  • Minimising Risk
  • Taking Initiative

We are committed to the growth of internal employees and it is company policy to promote from within wherever possible. Therefore, please be aware that internal candidates will be considered first before reviewing external applications. All external applications will be considered in line with our Employment Equity targets.


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