Job Coal Yard Assistant Opportunity at Sappi

Sappi seek to place a Coal Yard Assistant to assist the Coal Yard Operator in the Coal Yard Operations with the loading and off-loading of coal trucks, loading of coal silos, housekeeping, plant checks and reclaiming of coal. This position is based in Nelspruit.


  • Matric Maths and Science
  • N3 Pulp and Paper
  • 0-6 months Manufacturing Experience

Job Specification

  • Operate on a shift basis the side arm charger as per safe work procedure
  • Reclaim coal from stockpiles to relevant users as required
  • Ensure set parameters are used when reclaiming is preformed guaranteeing last in / last out
  • Ensure the correct coal is delivered to the respective Boilers/Gas/Producer
  • Move/remove trucks to and from tippler
  • Responsible for housekeeping of side arm charger, tippler, pit and tippler structure
  • Ensure safe operating of side arm charger
  • Clean spillages on a shift basis
  • Connect/disconnect rail trucks
  • Inspect all trucks to ensure truck are fully off loaded when removed
  • Inspect that brakes of trucks are “on” when truck is on tippler for off loading
  • Report all defects to Coal Yard Operator on a shift basis
  • Ensure that not more than 15 trucks are moved by the side arm charger at a time
  • Ensure that coal samples are taken on a Monday and sent to laboratory for analysis
  • Remove undesirable obstacles from rail lines to prevent derailments
  • Ensure/monitor correct running of conveyor system to load coal silo’s A.B,C,D,E  to correct levels
  • Move stacker from one stock pile to another
  • Adjust stacker to the right stacking position
  • Release air brakes to all the trucks as soon as it’s placed for offloading
  • Co-ordinate removal of coal rejects
  • Check complete conveyor system on a shift basis and report defects to operator
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Key Competencies and skills

  • Good understanding of the Pulp and paper industry
  • Cognitive skills requirement for the operation of machinery
  • Planning and Organising
  • Problem Solving
  • Resilience
  • Proactive and Initiative
  • Good technical knowledge of the process and plant
  • Having worked in different positions in the section to gain experience
  • Isolation permit (Authorized Operator)
  • Fault Finding
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How to apply

Applications close on 27 July 2018.

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