South African Breweries (SAB): Control & Automation Trainee Programme 2024/ 2025

South African Breweries (SAB) is recruiting for the Control & Automation Trainee Programme 2024/ 2025.

Closing date: Not specified

Location: SAB Chamdor, Krugersdorp, South Africa

SAB looks for people with passion, talent, and curiosity, and provides them with the teammates, resources and opportunities to unleash their full potential. Grab this chance!


The Control & Automation Trainee Programmeis a structured 18-month programme which is designed to address the acquisition of technical skills and experience for graduates as well as familiarize them with the  company culture and principles.

The rigour of the programme should ensure that an individual that has completed the programme can be allocated an area of responsibility immediately.


Key roles and responsibilities: 

  • A hands-on, self-study program where the Trainee is expected to gain a full understanding of the theory, principles and the Control & Automation processes
  • Apply VPO principles
  • Participation in the team structures including acting roles in identified positions, i.e. within Maintenance, Planning Systems and Control Systems
  • Complete and be competent in Generic Modules within VPO, Engineering Safety, Safety & Environment, Control & Automation
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  • Complete identified Projects within the Engineering C&A Training Programme
  • Participation in projects in the Plant environment aligned to the program requirements and brewery priorities
  • Diagnosis of systemic and situational problems and troubleshooting
  • Communication of learnings and solutions across various levels of the business
  • Manage and control manufacturing systems infrastructure, Control and automation processes, databases and applications to ensure sustained integrity and stability of the environment

  • Proactively optimize manufacturing systems to improve quality, efficiency and/or functionality
  • Lead users through manufacturing systems interventions and change
  • Work in teams
  • Coach, guide and assist with training of all production employees
  • Facilitation, project management and development of systems and/or reports to satisfy the requirements of production

  • Assist with ensuring that the manufacturing systems environment remains aligned with the manufacturing systems strategy
  • Identify and motivate technical CAPIN justification
  • Improvement of manufacturing systems, process control and database knowledge within Production
  • Understand and assist with network, IT support and process control.


Key Attributes and Competencies: 

  • Knowledge of systems, object-oriented programming languages, SQL databases, process modelling and report development as well as conceptual design/automation
  • PLC Programming knowledge (Siemens S7)
  • Extensive knowledge of business processes
  • Ability to implement effective problem solving
  • Sound organizational skills
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  • Good facilitation skills
  • Team player with outstanding interpersonal skills
  • A good understanding of the Change Management Process
  • Enquiring and analytical thinking ability
  • Highly assertive
  • A self-starter with high energy and a bias for action
  • Working knowledge of relevant international standards (e.g. S88, ANSI-SQL)


Minimum Requirements:

  • BSc Computer Science, Electrical Engineering , NDip, Information Technology, Electrical  Engineering, or relevant equivalent tertiary qualification
  • 2-3 years relevant experience in Manufacturing systems Control and Automation  environment



  • Katlego Malope

    Katlego is a final-year student at the University of Johannesburg. Apart from bouncing molecules against each other in the Chemistry lab, she loves curating job opportunites for fellow youth. Katlego is also quite a singer!

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