Instrumentation/Automation Supervisor


Last Updated: 15th May 2018 (over 4 years ago)

Address
South Africa

E-mail
Locked

Gender
Male

Age Range
55 to 64

Qualification Level
Trade Qualification

Languages
Afrikaan, English

Summary

 Experienced Instrument Technician with deep working knowledge of operating and maintaining complex high value instrumentation and equipment within specialised areas, plants, and environments.
 Skilled in supervising, training and directing a multi-cultural and multi-disciplined team within a multi-service organisation and multi-client operation.
 Proficient in accepting responsibility for fault finding, reading P and IDS, improving designs, quality control, and wiring, red lining of drawings, and calibrating instruments, e.g., on high risk chemical industrial site.
 Executed knowledge of polyvalence and asserted strict compliance to Safety regulations while managing risk operations such as directing ammonia off-load from sea freight vessel.
 Have a thorough knowledge of safety and instrumentation regulation, components, tools and electrical facilities in an industrial area.
 Recently received Safety Award for 2 years of no injuries and 1 year without LTI.
 Experienced in testing cathodic protection (CP).
 Minimised and prevented power outages at Port and off sites through efficiently planning maintenance and repairs to ensure consistent availability of equipment in working order.
 Demonstrated senior leadership while managing, developing, training, and directing a team of 16 instrumentation and electrical technicians.
 Track record of developing unskilled labourers to achieve career growth resulting in strengthening team performance and motivation.
 Experienced in establishing a team culture of collaboration, trust, and performance which results in meeting tight deadlines in pressure driven environments.
 Meet goals through efficiently prioritising and planning, optimising time, and remaining self-motivated and employing a high level of energy and the ability to persevere in challenging environments.
 Confident communicator well versed in developing solid relationships of trust at all levels and across cultures and organisations.
 Skilled in developing logical solutions to resolve problems, improve systems and procedures, and initiate cost and time savings.
 Consistently source opportunities of learning and eagerly engage with experts to increase knowledge and expertise.
 On-going performance based contract appointments and career promotions received.
 Experienced in optimising operations resulting in initiating time and cost savings.
 Perform all duties with honesty and integrity and consistently display respect for diversity in people, cultures, and organisations.

Education

Pretoria West Technical College
N6

National Diploma N6

Experience

Sherritt International
Instrumentation Foreman

   Jan 2016
— Dec 2017

 Executed deep knowledge and experience within operating and maintaining equipment while managing, organising, and completing, diverse functions, which included Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).
 Accepted responsibility for fault finding, reading P and IDS, improving designs, quality control, wiring, red lining drawings, and calibrating of instruments at high risk chemical industrial site.
 Executed knowledge of polyvalence and asserted strict compliance to Safety regulations while managing risk.
 Displayed flexibility and senior leadership while supervising, directing, and training a multi-cultural and multi-disciplined team of 16 staff.

 Mentored, developed and trained a local Malagasy to a level which allowed for him to be promoted and take-over own position as foreman.
 Accepted responsibility for testing cathodic protection (CP).
 Received Safety Award for 2 years of no injuries and 1 year without LTI.
 Managed the successful off-load of ammonia from a sea freight vessel.
 Performance recognised by the organisation through offer (and extension) of contract employment based on manner in which completed work and previous contract as employee of another contractor (Wise Design).
 Minimised and prevented power outages at Port and off-sites, as well as of equipment through timely and efficiently planning maintenance and repairs to ensure consistent availability of equipment in working order.
 Improved and optimised operations and working procedures resulting in initiating time and cost savings and improved safety processes.

 Initiated and wrote Standard Operating Procedures manual for all instrumentation equipment, including for CP.
 Contributed towards meeting deadlines and commitments through assisting other departments as available (Electrical and Mechanical).
 Established a committed team culture of collaboration and performance through developing solid relationships of trust at all levels, including from management through to the labour force.
 Successfully bridged culture and language challenges while transferring complex technical knowledge during the training of technicians at diverse levels of understanding and development.
 Consistently remained focussed in high pressure and deadline driven environment resulting in meeting technical and corporate objectives.
 Performed all duties with honesty and integrity and consistently displayed respect for diversity in people, cultures, and organisations.

- Port - Ammonia storage
- Fresh water pump station - Tailings
- Tailings & Ivandro pump station - High risk ship unloading
- Train loading - Ramsey belt scales
- ORTS grabs - Clamshells
- Pipe conveyor folding/unfolding - Conveyor levels
- Fire pumps: Jockey, electrical, diesel - Fire detection
- Vacuum valves (CLA valves) - Air compressors
- Emergency shutdown systems - Speed control
- Cathodic protection (sea and land) - Material level
- Conveyor protection - Ammonia off-loading
- Dust suppression

- Applied forward and critical thinking during the strategic planning of equipment maintenance and power outages which included -
o Planning of resources and material and contracting additional personnel to accelerate plant repairs.
o Ensuring repairs, inspections, and preventative maintenance was done in compliance with quality standards, design specifications, and production requirements.
- Collaborated with Planner, Foreman, and Operations to plan spare parts, materials, and equipment and tools requirements for operations.
- Delegated, distributed, and validated works and ensured all tasks conformed to client requirements as well as signed off work completed.
- Monitored progress and quality standards on all work in progress.
- Demonstrated and shared knowledge and expertise through participating in all technical operations within diverse areas: Port, ammonia storage, fresh water pump station, and tailings.
- Asserted strict compliance to Safety Regulations while coordinating and controlling JSEA and Work plan as well as HSE operations.
- Supervised and controlled Radiation Source works and liaised with General Foreman and Radiation Safety Officer to resolve problems.
- Continuously identified opportunities to improve operations and safety on asset reliability and maintenance procedures.
- Managed, developed, directed and supervised team of 16 instrumentation and electrical technicians, which included -
o Performing performance appraisals of Instrumentation Team.
o Training subordinates to assume positions of greater responsibility and developing and implementing training plans.
o Maintaining a trained workforce to meet company objectives.
o Asserting company policies and procedures.
o Planning shift working schedules and completed shift reports.
o Chairing team safety meetings.
- Utilised EAM software to monitor work order lifecycle.

- Assisted Off-site Maintenance Superintendent with budget development for maintenance program and to ensure implementing sound maintenance standards and practices.
- Acted as Off Site Maintenance Superintendent during the latter’s absence.
- Attended and participated in management planning, scheduling and safety meetings and attended daily toolbox meetings.
- Prepared schematic drawings, sketches, and reports to reflect changes
- Established and maintained an organised administrative system to ensure availability of data and timely writing and submitting of reports
- Globe valves
- Setup, bench calibrate, setting of I to P with 4 to 20 mA source, recheck
setup with Emerson 375 communicator
- Setup of open and closed feedback from plant to PLC.
- Check calibration and feedback vis Siemens S7 scada for correct
correspondence from field.
- Replacement of valve yolks due to corrosion at Ammonia storage,
recommissioning of valves.
- Changing of valve operation from fail safe open to fail safe close

Wise Design Pty Ltd
Instrumentation Technician

   Mar 2011
— Dec 2015

 Participated in specialist maintenance, testing, establishment and repairs of high value equipment on key client project.
 Established, tested, and maintained components and instruments and asserted strict compliance to manufacturers’ requirements of test and maintenance procedures.
 Paid close attention to detail while utilising pneumatic, electrical, and electronic testing devices to inspect and test instruments and system operations, as well as to diagnose faults.
 Performed risk assessments and applied practice loss management principles.

 Client recognised knowledge and performance and made offer of contract employment within greater responsibility bearing position.
 Successfully completed targets ahead of deadlines.
 Maintained collaborative and respected relationships with management, teams, and across departments.
 Developed knowledge and skills in bulk material offloading of, and storage of ammonia, ammonia instrumentation and related mechanical processes.

- Participated in multi-cultural and multi-disciplined team based activities and provided technical leadership and knowledge of instrumentation while adjusting, repairing, and maintaining system components on project relating to upgrading plants and areas, including -
- Test Plant & Port Area - Coal Reclaim Plant
- Slurry Thickener Plant - Ammonia Storage Area
- Lime Plant - Tailings & Conveyors Areas
- Ivandro Pump Station - Effluent Plant
- Globe valves
- Setup, bench calibrate, setting of I to P with 4 to 20 mA source, recheck
setup with Emerson 375 communicator
- Setup of open and closed feedback from plant to PLC.
- Check calibration and feedback vis Siemens S7 scada for correct
correspondence from field.
- Replacement of valve yolks due to corrosion at Ammonia storage,
recommissioning of valves.
- Changing of valve operation from fail safe open to fail safe close
- Utilised and interpreted appropriate CSA, ISA and API installation standards and practice.
- Collaborated with engineers on basic design.
- Calibrated and maintained components and instruments in compliance with manufacturers’ specifications.
- Repaired and maintained, and adjusted system components and removed, investigated and replaced defective parts.
- Displayed insight while consulting and advising process operators.
- Trained, mentored, and supervised apprentices as well as local Malagasy workers in order to initiate career and knowledge growth.
- Performed the instrument installation of Ramsorb system in Test Plant.
- Installation and calibration of belt scale integrators, as well as -
- Wiring as per P & Ids - Installed cabling
- Loop, wiring, equipment checking - Quality control
- PLC communications setup - VFD programming
- Safety circuit checks - PSV’s & PCV’s install
- Material back-up switch install - Loop diagrams/relining
- Air release vacuum valves install - Calibration

Bridgestone
Instrumentation Technician

   Dec 2007
— Feb 2011

- PLC’s programme for tyre press - Conveyor systems
- Balancing machines - Tyre durability testing
- Auto testing equipment calibrate - High speed testing
- PLC’s install/program on tyre presses - Install/maintain network
- Managed/trained 8 technical artisans - Improved systems

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