CSIR: Internship Programme 2020

CSIR: Laboratory Internship Programme

CSIR: Laboratory Internship Programme: Self-Contained Self-Rescuer (SCSR) Laboratory

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is a leading scientific and technology research organisation that researches, develops, localises and diffuses technologies to accelerate socio-economic prosperity in South Africa. The organisation’s work contributes to industrial development and supports a capable state.

About the job:

The CSIR has an Internship opportunity for Self-Contained Self-Rescuer (SCSR) Laboratory in the Mining Testing and Training Impact Area within the Mining Cluster. The SCSR laboratory is the only approved testing authority in South Africa to perform functional performance testing and monitoring of SCSRs through monitoring programme. SCSRs are personal protective equipment designed to protect the underground miners’ respiratory system against inhalation of hazardous atmosphere during emergency escape.  The SCSR laboratory tests a representative sample of SCSRs from the mines to assess their structural integrity and life-saving potential. The position is based in Johannesburg.

Key responsibilities:

Under supervision the Intern will be required to:

  • Conduct leak testing of SCSRs;
  • Test set-up and safe operation of lung breathing simulator machines;
  • Carry-out calibration of gas analysers and lung breathing simulators;
  • Inspect SCSRs before testing;
  • Perform functional  testing of SCSRs;
  • Ensure accuracy of test information;
  • Record all test results including leaking tests;
  • Compile test graphs and test certificates;
  • Conduct structural testing of the SCSRs;
  • Uphold good laboratory practice and housekeeping in the laboratory;
  • Contribute to create and maintain a healthy and safe work environment;
  • Assist fellow employees in other areas of the laboratory when required;
  • Assist in the relevant administration work;
  • Comply with Quality Management System, ISO 9001 standard, SANAS requirements, Department of Mineral Resources regulations and customer needs;
  • Observe and control man-tests;
  • Carry-our routine cleaning and basic maintenance of laboratory equipment to minimise down time; and
  • Ensure that all measuring equipment is correctly calibrated

Qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A National diploma in Mechanical Engineering;
  • One year relevant work experience in a mechanical testing laboratory environment will be an added advantage;
  • Good understanding of test methods and procedures;
  • Attention to detail and the ability to work accurately and well under pressure;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • A strong sense of responsibility;
  • Computer literacy and competent in MS Office;
  • Good written and oral communication skills;
  • Technical aptitude to understand the operation of equipment and test software on the computers; and
  • ISO 17025 training and/or experience working in an ISO 17025 accredited laboratory would be an advantage.

Closing date: 12 December 2019

How To Apply:

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For more info, please contact the CSIR Recruitment Centre on 012 841 4774 or email us at Recruitmentinfo@csir.co.za

The CSIR is an equal opportunity employer. As such, it is committed to the Employment Equity Act of 1998. By applying for this position at the CSIR, the applicant understands, consents and agrees that the CSIR may solicit a credit and criminal report from a registered credit bureau and/or SAPS (in relation to positions that require trust and honesty and/or entail the handling of cash or finances) and may also verify the applicant’s educational qualifications and employment history. The CSIR reserves the right to remove the advertisement at any time before the stated closing date and it further reserves the right not to appoint if a suitable candidate is not identified.

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