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Engineer (MSc (Mech. Eng.) / BSc (Elec-Mech), Dean’s list & Golden Key Society – Ref: 1201420 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 1201420

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: MSc (Mechanical Engineering)
Other Formal Qualification: BSc (Elec-Mech), ECSA - Candidate Engineer
Annual Package Range: R 650 000 - R 700 000
Total years experience: 11-15 Years





Current / most recent job title?

Chief Engineer

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

To provide technical and commercial leadership on the implementation of sophisticated renewable energy technology in challenging environments.

2. Core elements or functions that must operate effectively in order to achieve primary purpose:

Defining customer requirements
Conceptual and detail system design
Pricing, quoting and sales
Team leadership and training
Rapid learning of new technology and procedures

3. Description of self, along with greater purpose and passions:

I’m passionate about making things work. It doesn’t matter if that is fixing a broken toaster to designing the process flow of a Scuba diving program, I love the harmony and balance of a system that is working to its full potential. I enjoy exploring new ideas and techniques and have a high level of tolerance for the discomfort of the unknown.

4. Ideal business title: 

Project Engineer
Design Engineer
Engineering Manager
Maintenance Engineer

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Gathering requirements, conceptual and detail design that takes all requirements into account (technical, commercial, aesthetic ect), overseeing delivery of solution, verification and validation of final product delivered

6. Skill area of competence:

High Speed Diesel Propulsion (Caterpillar, MTU & Duetz), Generators (Caterpillar, Northern Lights, Perkins), hydraulics, electrical infrastructure, air conditioning and refrigeration, water treatment, wet services, fire protection, vertical transportation, electronics and control, lighting, AV/IT, security systems.
Solar system design, installation and commissioning – Victron and Fronius inverters, Freedom Won batteries and Lorentz Solar pumps.
Project management, Computerised Maintenance Management Systems, SCADA systems, ERP software.
Safety Management Systems, writing of Standard Operating Procedures.
Sales and after sales service. Procurement and importing.

7. Career summary:

10 years Maritime Engineering
4 years Renewable Energy

8. Achievements: 

Rectifying a generator failure in the Suez canal that could have left the vessel stranded in Egypt for several months.
Redesigning a 30kVA residential solar system and personally installing the new system that resolved a defect of 7 years.
Overhauling the Scuba diving program on the first vessel I worked on – resulted in a complete change to the vessel’s itinerary and an increase in operational budget.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

I love solving problems and making the uncertain, certain. Removing barriers and freeing people up to take action.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

A company that prioritizes learning and creativity would be ideal. Continuous improvement while maintaining an open, just culture is very important to me. I strive for personal excellence and a culture that supports this would be highly valued.


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