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Results-producing electrical engineer with over 20 years of progressive experience in electrical and instrumentation engineering, team supervision, and maintenance management. Currently hold senior standing within 2 of the world’s largest bauxite and alumina refineries with heavy emphasis on cost reduction, energy savings, and process improvement. Looking to translate extensive experience and knowledge to oil, gas, and high voltage engineering opportunities. Proficient using MS Office Suite, DMS 2000(RSA), and Oracle eAM.
Electrical Engineering High Voltage Engineering Energy Savings Safety/Regulatory Compliance Oil and Gas Commissioning Power Systems Expert Cross-Functional Leadership Cost Reduction Risk Assessment FMEA Analysis
Spearheaded an obsolescence and replacement project and 5-year plan for Alcoa totaling $22M which required creating an effective VSD strategy. Extended mill brush life by 50% by conducting a thorough RCA investigation on mill motor failure. Improved the performance of sand filtration from 250tpd loss to 125tpd equivalent to $1.29M. Successfully reduced residue alarms by 80% by performing savvy research. Saved $3.1M by installing a wrap around flow meter on the Green Liquor line that effectively stabilized the density control. Completed on-site ARC flash analysis on 68 substations and 250 transformers and developed mitigation plans for the operation of high arc flash hazard equipment. Recouped approximately $250K from suppliers by proactively identifying defects with newly installed substandard high voltage cables. Developed the written procedure for “hot swapping” substations to eliminated obsolete equipment, reduce downtime, and maximize uptime. Site expert on gas equipment, liaising with various operation centres on gas isolation and safety procedures. Decreased lighting costs by $65K p/a by installing LEDs. Designed and installed 2 energy efficient fan extraction systems for Paarl Media Gauteng to achieve major capital project saving of ZAR 1M. Reduced break down frequency at Anchor Yeast by 75% per annum and reduced maintenance costs by 60%. Maximized productivity by upgrading a 5kg yeast block extruder machine from old technology to new drive and PLC systems.
Senior Electrical Engineer February 2012 to Current Alcoa Pinjarra Alumina Refinery Spearhead electrical engineering projects supervising 4 area electrical engineers and various direct reports at one of the largest Bauxite refineries in the world producing 4.2 million tonnes of Alumina per annum. Expertly advise the electrical maintenance team, overseeing high and low voltage procedures and processes and ensuring compliance to current regulations. Conduct audits on low voltage safety and external audits on high voltage installation. Lead the Pinjarra Critical Instrument team in maintaining and improving equipment reliability. Maintain combustion safety as a qualified supervising gas fitter fully accountable for all Type B gas appliances on the refinery.