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Project Planning Engineer, Ref: 1176607 – Online Interview Questions

Ref: 1176607

Nationality: South African
Highest Formal Qualification: HNDIP Mechanical Engineering
Annual Package Range: ZAR 1.15 mil - 1.3 mil, per annum
Total years experience: 30 Years

Senior Project Enginner

Current / most recent job title?

Project Planning Manager

1. Primary purpose of current/most recent position:

Project Scheduling; Project Management; Project Controls

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

Project planning has various critical inputs. Some listed below:
– Procurement
– Design
– Construction management
– Project Management (including financial management)

Maintenance planning has the following critical interfaces:
– Competent maintenance personnel
– Equipped workshops
– Spares stock holding
– IT support

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

Positive and innovative

4. Ideal business title: 

Project Controls Manager
Project Planner
Maintenance Planner

5. Key responsibilities and accountabilities of ideal position:

Project controls integration and management

6. Skill area of competence:

Engineering; Project Management; Project Planning/scheduling; Maintenance Planning; CMMS software implementation; Technical Writing; Training; Vehicle maintenance (EMV and light)

7. Career summary:

Mining; Mineral sands – 9 years
Mining: Diamonds – 8 years
Renewable energy – 1 year
Automotive – 11 years

8. Achievements:

My involvement in Antarctica provided many opportunities to introduce systems and equipment to simplify operations, and some of the systems I introduced are still being used today.

Systems optimisation and regular maintenance resulted in continuous improvement on engineering availability of plants during my service at Namakwa Sands.

My constant quest for improvement resulted in me developing software systems to reduce reporting time considerably in project planning.

9. What do you absolutely love doing?

Hiking in the mountains; rock climbing.

10. Ideal company (culture and values):

Dynamic and fair.



Where would you like to be in your career in the next 5 to 10 years, what would you like to have achieved?

Over the next few years, I want to explore and develop skills in project planning/scheduling. In five years, I want to have gained experience in leading projects for major clients. I will be looking for opportunities to expand my responsibilities within this role to work towards my goal.

Write down two achievements from primary school, two from high school, two during college/university, and two post-college/university, with at least one of the two business-related.

Wrote a book on the principles of project planning.

What’s the most interesting thing about you that’s not on your resume?

Adventurer – Kilimanjaro hiker.

Tell me about a time when you had to get to the root cause of a problem to make a decision.

At Ford, the first Bantam Bakkie was due to be released. On the bakkie there was a vibration noise. I did a vibration check in the workshop and with the help of the University of Pretoria we could resolve the problem and document it.


If you are looking for a Project Controls Manager / Project Planner / Maintenance Planner with 20+ years of project and maintenance planning experience, 14 of which have been in a consulting role, then do get in touch. Click to email our Agent or call us: Head Office – Gauteng, SA. + 27 10 597 0862.


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