Sasol: Engineer-In-Training Programme 2023 (Mechanical Engineering)

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Sasol is recruiting and invites both graduates and final-year university students to apply for the Engineer-In-Training Programme 2023 (Mechanical Engineering).

  • Closing date:                                     17 April 2023
  • Operating entity:                               Sasol Energy Operations & Projects

  • Geographical area:                           Secunda & Sasolburg
  • Non-Permanent Employment:         3 year fixed term contract


This role is for a position in the graduate development program. The graduate development program (GDP) is based on a three year training period in Operations and Technology.

Within this training period you will be assessed every 6 months to demonstrate competencies developed and highlight areas which require focus.

After being declared competent at the end of the 3 year period, you will become eligible to apply for vacant Engineer positions. (Subject to the availability of vacancies).


  • Learn and understand the Sasol value chain (including Operations, Technology (Engineering and Project Management), its products and applications, test methods and equipment in context of discipline learning.

  • Understand the Sasol Operations Standards Framework and how to operate within it.
  • Learn how to translate theoretical knowledge into practical application that will add business value.
  • Understand the importance of planning and integration.

  • Learn to utilize engineering systems, tools and standards (own, local and international) in own work and projects.
  • Understand how your business unit fits within your Operating Hub and the Sasol value chain.

  • Understand the impact of upstream- and downstream units on the operation of your allocated plant and vice versa.

  • Develop a sound understanding of [discipline] engineering generalist knowledge and sound understanding with regards to process equipment (e.g. design and safe operation thereof).

  • Develop selected detailed knowledge in defined fields of [discipline] engineering.
  • Be able to define a business opportunities, by using the correct indicators.

  • Be able to define business risks, applying the business risk assessment tools such as the probability risk ranking matrix, specific job risk assessment, etc.

  • Support the execution (follow technical instruction to enable) of an engineering scope of work for small multidisciplinary projects (i.e. Tier)

  • Support and follow instructions to execute the operation, design, engineering, development and/or modification of processes/equipment in accordance with sound established engineering principles and standards to satisfy business requirements.

  • Correctly preform Technical and Economic evaluations of small projects, ideas and modifications.

Qualifications and experience required 

The position requires a minimum of a Mechanical Engineering: Bsc / BEng Mechanical Engineering with limited or no practical experience.

Final year applicants will be considered.

*Please note the BEng Tech qualification does not form part of our EIT Programme*

*Please attach your latest academic record to your profile as part of your application*


  • Less than 3 years


Functional / Technical

  • Language skills – English proficient
  • Excellent communication skills

  • Analytical thinking
  • Problem solving skills
  • Computer literate (MS Office)


Self Mastery

  • Takes accountability for driving own growth through developing self-awareness, reflecting, seeking feedback and self-correcting.

Note: Failure to provide Sasol with truthful information and valid documents will render your application null and void

Note: Should you not be contacted in 6 weeks after the closing date, please deem your application as unsuccessful.


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