Engineering Graduate Opportunity PG Glass

By on May 25, 2016

PFG Building Glass has a challenging position in the Engineering Department at PFG Building Glass, Springs, for a Graduate Trainee Engineer.

PFG is the only manufacturer of float glass in South Africa and a division of the PG Group, the leading manufacturer of float and patterned glass in southern Africa, as well as laminated glass, mirrors, and sealant products.

The position would suit an engineer who has the following skills:

  • A specific interest in industrial software and control using PLCs, variable speed drives, SCADA systems and data historians
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • An interest in Ethernet networks
  • An ability to lead people and work as part of a team
  • Be willing to obtain his/her professional engineer’s registration with ECSA within a maximum of three years.
  • An interest in low voltage and medium voltage reticulation. This will not be the candidates main focus, but an understanding of the  site low voltage and medium voltage reticulation system will be required as part of his/her training
  • A requirement to work “hands on” as part of his/her initial training, and then as required when doing fault finding, as part of a team.


The float glass manufacturing process makes extensive use of PLC and SCADA control systems to do the following types of control:

  • Batching
  • Continuous control for the glass melting and annealing process.  This includes extensive use of PIC loops with scope for advanced control, such as model-based multivariable control.
  • High-speed discrete control for the glass cutting and packing process
  • Extensive use of variable frequency drives in all areas
  • Extensive use of Ethernet networking, for all levels of communication
  • Control of the operation of large diesel generators to automatically start and switch in in the event of a power failure. PFG have in excess  of 10MVA installed emergency generating capacity

How to apply

Closing date is 31 May 2016. Click here to apply online


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