Plant Operator - 1st April 2021

Mint Innovation is seeking a graduate chemical engineer (or practically-minded chemist) to work on a project recovering valuable metals from electronic waste.

Plant Operator: Process / Chemical / Mechanical Engineer or a practical Chemist (graduate/masters level)

Mint Innovation has been developing innovative clean technologies since 2016. Our mission is to provide low cost, sustainable solutions to recover valuable metals from waste (the urban mine) via plants in major cities around the world.


A core current project focuses on processing electronic waste. We’ve been operating and optimising the various stages of a demonstration plant since 2019, and are now looking for a graduate (undergrad or masters degree) to join our plant operation team of three to help operate and extend our plant’s capabilities.


The position is full-time, and will be located at our facility in East Tamaki, Auckland. There is potential for overseas travel as we begin to deploy commercial facilities, starting with Australia and the UK.


As a young scientific start-up, your work duties would be rich and varied, but will primarily be based around:

  • Working in our plant team to help operate our demonstration plant

  • Analysing and troubleshooting process problems to make continuous and permanent improvements

  • Implementing (and suggesting) plant modifications to optimise plant yields and operation, assist with the install of additional equipment

  • Aiding the translation of data obtained to our commercial plant design

  • Supporting other company R&D goals as required


Our ideal candidate will have as many of the following qualities as possible:

  • An undergraduate or masters in an engineering or chemistry discipline (process / chemical / mechanical preferred) with 0 to 2 years’ work experience; or a practical, mechanically minded individual who is at home in a workshop

  • Hands-on experience with designing, building and operating plant equipment

  • A high degree of practical engineering/fabrication skills

  • Able to operate and conduct work independently

  • Ability to interpret, analyse and present data to other members of our team

  • Highly self-motivated, entrepreneurial mindset, with a positive, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude to getting things done

  • A willingness to contribute at all levels of the company


As a growing company, the role will likely grow as per your skillset and the evolving needs of the company.


If the above sounds like you, apply with your CV via Seek - we're aiming to quickly shortlist and interview candidates over this month for an immediate start.


Please note that you must have the right to work in New Zealand to apply for this job. Regrettably we will not be offering visa sponsorship.

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