Artisan Timberman


Position Summary

Remuneration: Market related
EE position: Yes


Murray & Roberts Cementation invite suitably qualified candidates to apply for the position of Artisan Timberman. The successful candidate will report directly to the Foreman Engineering. The company will provide remuneration and benefits relevant and appropriate to the position. Preference will be given to Historically Disadvantaged South African (HDSA) candidates. Applications only open to South African Citizens / Permanent Residents.

Job description


The successful candidate will be responsible for, but not be limited to:
  • Effective daily team supervision and take charge within agreed parameters in line with legal and safety protocols
  • Effective engineering maintenance, repairs and construction services to the shaft and station areas in line with quality standards and procedures
  • Perform planned shaft examinations, identify sub-standard / non-conformance issues e.g. mechanical, electrical, air, water and cabling problems and resolve in line with procedures
  • Safe and timeous timberman activities, including, on-level installation and repairs, manage and control shaft spillage and belt and loading levels, effectiveness of pipe and equipment installations and blast hanging boxes, tips, shoots etc.
  • Sign legal declarations for a workplace, record and be in charge of explosive usage within area of responsibility
  • Participate in the waiting place / pre-shift meetings to ensure desired parameters related to quality, quantity, cost and safety are understood
  • Effective risk management and compliance with DMR, M&RC and Client’s policies, procedures, standards and safety protocols
  • Effective communication at all levels to ensure safe and timeous workflows
  • Effective self and team management in alignment with M&RC’s values


Minimum requirements


Suitable candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications and skills:
  • Grade 12 or NQF 4 equivalent
  • Certified Competent as a Shaft Timberman
  • Blasting Certificate (Scheduled Mines) /
  • Onsetter Certificate
  • Basic Rigging Certificate
  • Good English verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead a team and take legal accountability for the workplace
  • Ability to identify rock strata conditions and their relevant supports
  • Medically fit for underground physical work
Suitable candidates must have the following work experience:
  • At least 2 years of experience as a Timberman in an underground mining environment
  • Experience in being able to take charge of a crew and taking legal accountability
  • Knowledge of shaft sinking, bank operations, vertical shaft equipping and civil construction
  • Knowledge of shaft loading systems and loading conveyors
  • Knowledge of operations and legal requirements relating to the Explosive Magazines or Explosive Master



  1. The Recruiter may amend, delete or expire jobs at any time without notification.
  2. Murray & Roberts reserves the right not to proceed with filling the position.
  3. An application will not in itself entitle the applicant to an interview.
  4. If you do not receive any feedback on your application within 4 weeks from the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.