Job opportunity – Drill Rig Mechanic at Lafarge Cement in Calabar, Cross River State

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Lafarge Cement

Position: Drill Rig Mechanic

Industry: Company Construction, Building Materials

Employment Type: Full-Time

Placement: Calabar, Cross River State

Job Description

Lafarge Cement is seeking candidates for a position in Drill Rig Mechanic based in Calabar, Cross River State. If you are interested in this opportunity, please review the details below.

Lafarge Africa Plc, a leading building solutions company in Nigeria and a member of the Holcim group, is dedicated to innovation and sustainable building solutions. Our commitment to making cities greener, infrastructure smarter, and improving living standards reflects our core values in health and safety, environmental protection, corporate governance, and social responsibility. We provide high-quality products and solutions through our well-known brands, including Ashaka Portland Limestone Cement, Elephant Cement, Powermax Cement, Supaset Cement, UniCem Cement, and Readymix Concrete and Aggregates. These products are synonymous with quality, consistency, and long-term strength, helping to build more housing, compact buildings, better-connected communities, beautiful structures, and durable constructions.

We are currently seeking a skilled Drill Rig Mechanic to join our team in Mfamosing, Cross River. This role is responsible for executing and supervising daily drilling activities, coordinating with the blasting team during the charging process, and overseeing main and auxiliary mining activities such as leveling quarry benches and opening new limestone quarries with two Epiroc drill rigs. The ideal candidate will regularly check in with mining and drilling machine operators to ensure health and safety, particularly for those working alone in remote and challenging areas of the limestone quarry.

Job Detail


  • Understand and comply with HSE policies to ensure that health, safety, and environmental considerations are the first priority of the business.
  • Actively support key safety initiatives at the plant and assist the department as needed to improve HSE performance and results.
  • Ensure safe working conditions and good safe practices are applied at work.
  • Organize and execute drilling operation work sites to ensure work is carried out in a green, safe, and injury-free environment.
  • Provide precise instructions and ensure commitment from subordinates to avoid any confusion about work.
  • Serve as a middle chain point between technicians and team leaders, providing backup in case of absence.
  • Execute and implement drilling operations, assigning each drilling technician their daily work.
  • Report the reasons for shutdowns and drilling operation production to the drilling & blasting team leader.
  • Work with technicians to report the drilling log, which affects the explosives charging in the drilling holes.
  • Conduct first inspections for all equipment daily with technicians and operators, cascading the breakdowns and their effects on operations.
  • Follow up on breakdowns with the workshop team to complete repairs, planning a time frame for each breakdown.
  • Communicate with the operation team about planned blasts and their readiness.
  • Coordinate with drilling and mining operators to evacuate the quarry during the blasting process.

Job Requirements

Before applying, please take the time to thoroughly review and comprehend the job requirements outlined below. Ensuring that you meet all the specified criteria will significantly enhance your candidacy for the Drill Rig Mechanic position at Lafarge Cement:


  • Proven experience in executing and supervising daily drilling activities.
  • Strong knowledge of HSE policies and safe working practices.
  • Ability to organize and execute drilling operations effectively.
  • Strong communication skills to provide clear instructions and ensure commitment from subordinates.
  • Ability to serve as a middle chain point between technicians and team leaders.
  • Strong problem-solving skills to handle breakdowns and ensure timely repairs.
  • Ability to coordinate with the operation team about planned blasts.

Education Requirements

  • Technical Education or equivalent in Mechanical or a related field.
  • Higher National Diploma in a relevant field.

Experience Requirements

  • At least 4 years of experience in the cement or a similar industry.
  • Minimum of 4-5 years post-qualification experience.


  • Solid knowledge of drilling machines operation.
  • Knowledge of SAP.
  • Good knowledge of RCA methodology and facilitating skills.
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills.
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to handle a range of management, coordination, and technical issues.
  • Ability to make technical decisions related to equipment performance and condition evaluation.
  • Ability to propose section needs from tools/equipment, supplies, or necessary projects.
  • Ability to make administrative decisions related to labor and work area management.
  • Good interpersonal relations.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Self-confidence.
  • Team spirit.
  • Results-oriented.
  • High integrity.
  • Good leadership quality.
  • Proactive decision-making.
  • Ability to persuade and convince.

Salary, Benefits and incentive

Provided below are the offerings in terms of salary, benefits, and incentives awaiting you in the role of Drill Rig Mechanic at Lafarge Cement:


NGN 3,000,000 - 5,000,000 per-Year.

Job Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Health insurance
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible working hours

Incentive Compensation

  • Performance-based bonuses
  • Periodic bonuses based on overall performance, company performance, and profitability

Date posted: July 11, 2024

Posted on: Calabar


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We are looking for a self-motivated and skilled Drill Rig Mechanic with a passion for maintaining and repairing drilling equipment. If you meet the qualifications and are interested in joining our team, please submit your resume to set up an immediate interview. We aim to hire within the next week. Lafarge Cement is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. Join us in making a difference in the construction and building materials industry.