Switchgear Specialist / Commissioning Specialist

Last Updated: 6th September 2018 (over 4 years ago)

Amanzimtoti, South Africa



Phone Number

Qualification Level
HNC/HND/City & Guilds

Afrikaan, English


Installation, Maintenance, Testing and commissioning of Vacuum, Oil and Gas Insulated Circuit breakers, Power and distribution Transformers, Ring main Units, Battery tripping Units, Miniature substations, Protection relays.
I am well experienced in the following OEM switchgears :
ABB, Alstom( ACTOM), Reyrolle parsons, Malaysian Switchgear, TAMCO, RWW , Hawker Siddley, Germiston Brush, South Whales, Yorkshire, Ottermill, Schneider, Lucy, Tavrida, Old English Electric , GE
I have extensive knowledge on the following protection Relays:
MICOM, VAMP, SEL , P& B Golds, Siemens, Strike, Schneider, ABB, Reyrolle, CDG, General electric, GE Multilin,

I specialise in the installation and commissioning of substation switchgear from 3.3 kV up to 33 kV. I know how to perform Ductor testing, Primary and secondary Injection Testing, Speed testing of CB, Pressure testing and transformer Testing.
I have managed, planned and executed many a installation as the responsible team leader along with all HIRA and LOTTO which was part of my responsibilities.


Coastal colledge
Wiremans License and Unit Standards

   Apr 2014
— Sep 2014

Certificate of Compliance to SANS 1042
Unit Standards
Paper 1 and 2

Durban University of Technology
National Diploma Electrical Engineering Heavy Current

   Jan 2004
— Dec 2006

Electrical Engineering Heavy current Post Graduate Diploma


RBI Technical Solutions
Electrical Specialist

   Jul 2017
— Jun 2018

I’m a SANAS approved inspector which conducts verifications and certifications on
certificates of compliance as per SANS 10142 wiring regulations.
I specialise in the supervision of contractors doing electrical installations on-site and
ensuring they comply with legislation and regulations governed by SANS 10142
I conduct site audits and investigations for insurance companies to determine cause of
incident .
I review electrical designs and documents to ensure is complies with industry standards.
Major accomplishments:
 Established a new division in existing company – Electrical contractors
 Implemented new work instructions and methodologies in accordance with
ISO 9001 and 18002 standards
 Got accepted as a SANAS approved electrical Inspector
 Was Part of an international Upgrade project as Letseng Diamond Mine

DC Maintenance
Electrical Manager

   Jun 2016
— Jun 2017

I was responsible to manage the day to day maintenance of low and medium voltage
switchgears. Testing of protection relays , refurbishment of old oil switchgear and the
retro fitting of oil to vacuum switchgears. Was responsible for obtaining new clients,
planning shut downs, switching, isolation and lock out procedures and provided test
reports of conformity and acceptance. We specialized in Ring main units, battery chargers,
switchgears, protection relays and remote tripping units.
Major accomplishments:
 Implemented various service level agreements with new clients
 Successfully obtained various tenders and RFQ’s


   Feb 2015
— May 2016

Planning, Scheduling and management of Field Service Division. Providing Training and checking competency level of each field service technician. Costing and quotation of all Field Services Work. Managing 24 hr standby roster. Field service planner and leave roster. Arranging Requests to order of parts, spares and necessities. Arranging sleep out accommodation and food. Responsible for service of Vehicles, Calibration of test equipment, tool box registry and safety files along with site packs. Meeting clients, Customer care, New job opportunities, Site establishment, Technical support, Tenders, HIRA and LOTTO which is part of safety. ISO 9001 and 18002 Compliance and reporting. NCR's, Incident investigations , KPI's and Customer survey's. Installation, Commissioning and maintenance of Switchgears, Transformers, Miniature substations, Ring main Units and Mobile skids. Responsible for conducting Factory acceptance testing and SAT's. Retrofits, Refurbishments and repairs of substation equipment. 24 hr Standby in event of Call outs and breakdowns. Mentor for Field service teams and apprentice technicians, Establishing of new Branch and clients. Marketing and Sales for new branch, Presentation and Road shows. Build up new customer database and conducting all onsite repairs.

Freestate Transformers
Transformer Specialist

   Jun 2014
— Feb 2015

Responsible for Client Technical support.
Transformer Purification, Repairs and Sampling and Spares.
Responsible team leader on site, Responsible for LOTTO, HIRA and site establishment. Managing other Technicians and assistants, Responsible for their safety. Transformer repairs and refurbishments. Includes Oven baking and mayor repairs of transformers.

PF Projects
Commissioning Specialist/ Projects Manager

   Jul 2011
— May 2014

Responsible for Risk assessments, method Statements, DSTI's, Site packs, HIRA , LOTTO and Safety files. Team leader position and responsible for 4 teams of Technicians and assistants. Most senior responsible person responsible for FAT's and SAT's along with any customer care and after care.
Installation of New, refurbished retrofit switchgears and miniature substations
Maintenance, testing and repairs of substation equipment
Hot and cold Commissioning of Switchboards and protection relays
Installation of PFC Banks and controllers. Testing of Cap banks and reactors along with harmonic filters. Load Studies and Grading reports.
International Traveling to clients in event of breakdown.
24 hour Technical support. Project management and Managing Service level agreements. New job opportunities
MV/LV Cable installation, joints and terminations. Pressure testing of cables circuits and commissioning of new installations.
MV and LV circuit breakers including Air blast, Vacuum, Oil and Gas insulated
Battery tripping units, SCADA panels and mimic boards

Malesela Transmission and Distribution
Project Manager

   Jul 2009
— Jun 2011

Installation of Nulec Auto Reclosers and Commissioning with Utilities Company
Site Management of SANRAL FREEWAY CONSORTIUM UPGRADE Project which included the installation of 5m,12m,18m,30m Street lights and high masts. MV and LV cables and terminations. Installation of Transformers and miniature substations. Commissioning and testing along with FAT's and SAT's on all equipment.
Excavation of all cable trenching and back filling. Laying of Cables and testing of Cable circuits. Concrete encasement of all cable sleeves and foundations of miniature substations and transformers. Client meetings and management of local utilities and municipalities for Outages and Lane closures. Project planning and execution of Multimillion rand Projects at multiple locations.
Managing and supervision of Contractors, Labourers and Skilled artisans up to 100 at any given time.

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