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Mechanical Technician

Job Title: Mechanical Technician
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Wasit, Iraq
REF: 406
Contact Name: Rahel Surchi
Contact Email:
Job Published: over 4 years ago

Job Description

Mselect is seeking to hire a Mechanical Technician for one of its Oil & Gas service clients. The Mechanical Technician is responsible for ensuring allotted mechanical maintenance and repair work is carried out safely, efficiently and according to procedure and that his supervisor is made aware of all activities, especially where safety is an issue. The successful candidates will be chosen to work on a rotation pattern of 4 weeks on 4 weeks off in their operation site in Badra, Iraq.

Theoretical knowledge

  • Have a basic understanding of facilities / process (from well to export). Be knowledgeable of hydrocarbons behavior and associated risks (explosion, asphyxia, etc.).


  • Be able to produce a report using Word, be able to perform simple calculation with Excel. Have been introduced to internet and mails.


  • Understanding and use of basic laws and units of physic (Newton’s law, forces, mass, energy, etc.). Be knowledgeable of materials / steels characteristics (use, resistance, corrosion and its prevention).


  • Be able to read and use drawings (P&ID’s, PFD’s, Isometrics), vendor documents (be able to determine tolerance and adjustment figures), name plate and data sheet. Be able to draw accurate sketches and item to scale.


  • Understand  the  working  principles  of  main  mechanical  equipment:  filters,  gear  boxes, exchangers, air coolers, diesel engine, gas turbines, centrifugal and reciprocating pumps or compressors, common valves types (butterfly, gate, ball, cage and PSV) and hydraulic systems (cranes, HPU, pumps). Be fully familiar with lubrication requirements and the different type of lubricants.
  • Be sensitized for each of those to their preventive maintenance tasks and purposes.
  • Be aware of CBM (vibration and oil analysis) requirement and purpose.


  • Understand preventive, corrective maintenance and maintenance plan concepts. Have a basic knowledge of the CMMS (be able to issue a notification, read, interpret and complete work orders…). Be able on a given and simple preventive work order to prepare tools, identify spare parts and adapted procedure or work instruction.

Practical skills

  • Know how to select, use and maintain all the mechanical hand tools (all types of keys, files, drills, calipers, and taps). Be able to use measuring tools (micrometer, Vernier, gauges…), torque wrench and fastener.
  • Be able to operate and maintain pneumatic drills or grinders. Be able to use workshop equipment (pedestal drill, hydraulic press, etc.), in particular machining and tooling.
  • Know how to use basic lifting gear (chain block, slings, etc.). Be trained to complete simple / basic lifting operation.

Maintenance know-how

  • Be able to follow maintenance route and fill up associated check-up list (monitoring of rotating equipment). Be able to carry out lubrication routine and top up as required with the correct lubricant.
  • Be  able  to  prepare  and  install  any  type  of  flange  gasket.  Complete bolting following methodology.
  • Be able to align V-belt, pulley and tension belts following methodology.
  • For common types of valves be able to overhaul them and carry out minor adjustments while in service (tightening of gland packing).
  • For gear box, be able to align gears, inspect & identify faults.
  • For rotating equipment, be able to assist in diagnosis faults and failures, assist in alignment (prepare, cut shim material for alignment, level). Be able to assist in the removal and replacement of any type of bearing. Check the clearance.

Safety at Work

  • Be knowledgeable of electrical certification requirements and be certified as required.
  • Be aware of permit to work, electrical and mechanical isolations requirements.
  • Be aware of gas test requirement including H2S safety precautions.
  • Be knowledgeable of area classification and Ex materials requirements confirmed by sufficient international certificates.
  • Be knowledgeable of PPE requirement and MSDS.
  • Understand hazards associated to leak tests and hydro tests.
  • Be aware of color coding & certification requirements for lifting equipment.
  • Correctly report anomalies, accidents, near misses.