David Louw
Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Workshop Manager, Manufacturing Engineer

Summary


• I have 31+ years engineering experience linked to production in precision high speed as well as heavy & mining industry. My experience can be summarized as; multi-skilled, hands-on, supervisory, managing, practical, technical, maintenance (planned, preventative and predictive), support, design, operations, production, manufacturing, fabrication, machining, reconditioning, planning, controlling, quality and projects.
• Position held as Senior Projects Coordinator at Metal Tank Industries. (Feb 2017 – current)
• Previous Position held as Lead Engineer at Fox Projects South Africa (June 2011 – Nov 2016) – received Retrenchment Package, Section189. During my term at Fox Projects I served a Secondment Assignment at Fox Projects Zambia for Sustainable Capital Projects at Mopani Copper Mine.
• Previous position held as Machine Shop Manager at Scaw Metals (part of Anglo America) Union Junction, Germiston. I have agreed to a retrenchment package (end May 2011).
• Prior to this position I was employed at Xstrata Lydenburg, Chrome Smelters (June 2007 – May 2009) as the Engineering Superintendent over the Services, Logistics, Engineering Section (Workshops) and Recovery Plant.
• Previously I was employed at Mittal / Iscor Vanderbijlpark (Aug 1986 – May 2007) 21 years, where I started my career in Research and Development, moved to Projects and ended with Maintenance in a Division called Cold Mills South and a Section Tin and DWI Products

Preferred Job Location:East Rand, GautengDesired Salary
Preferred Contract TypePreferred Contract Period
Preferred Business / IndustryHighest Education Level
Total Working ExperienceAvailability to work after
Willing to RelocateSpoken LanguagesAfrikaans, English

Education Details


National Diploma in Engineering T3, Mechanical

Working Experience Details


• I have 31+ years engineering experience linked to production in precision high speed as well as heavy & mining industry. My experience can be summarized as; multi-skilled, hands-on, supervisory, managing, practical, technical, maintenance (planned, preventative and predictive), support, design, operations, production, manufacturing, fabrication, machining, reconditioning, planning, controlling, quality and projects.
• Position held as Senior Projects Coordinator at Metal Tank Industries. (Feb 2017 – current)
• Previous Position held as Lead Engineer at Fox Projects South Africa (June 2011 – Nov 2016) - received Retrenchment Package, Section189. During my term at Fox Projects I served a Secondment Assignment at Fox Projects Zambia for Sustainable Capital Projects at Mopani Copper Mine.
• Previous position held as Machine Shop Manager at Scaw Metals (part of Anglo America) Union Junction, Germiston. I have agreed to a retrenchment package (end May 2011).
• Prior to this position I was employed at Xstrata Lydenburg, Chrome Smelters (June 2007 – May 2009) as the Engineering Superintendent over the Services, Logistics, Engineering Section (Workshops) and Recovery Plant.
• Previously I was employed at Mittal / Iscor Vanderbijlpark (Aug 1986 – May 2007) 21 years, where I started my career in Research and Development, moved to Projects and ended with Maintenance in a Division called Cold Mills South and a Section Tin and DWI Products

Skills / Specialties


• Problem-solving
• Analytic Thinking
• Cost Control
• Safety Management
• Manage Section of Drawing Office
• Budget Management
• Quality Control
• Mechanical Engineering
• Maintenance Management
• Risk Management
• Risk Assessment
• Lead Engineering
• Project Engineering
• Strategic Planning
• Report Writing
• Contract Management
• Change Management
• Performance Management
• Implementation Management
• Training
• Crisis Management
• Business Strategy
• Staff Development
• Communication Skills
• Project Management
• Computer Literate
• Customer Service
• Staff Management
• Time Management
• Negotiation
• Root Cause Analyses
• CAPEX & OPEX Projects

• Troubleshooting
• Interpersonal Skills
• Advanced Supervisory skills

Awards / Key Achievements


Machining The conventional & CNC machining of castings, solids & fabrications
Fabrications Steel structures and most equipment required in Steel & Mining Industry.
Rotating equipment Pumps, motors, gearboxes, brakes, drive shafts, couplings, fans, bearings (frictionless & white metal), blowers, compressors, engines, mixers, dryers, kilns, winches, cranes, drive trains (MG Sets) and special complex rotating arrangements.
Crushers Jaw, Roller, Cone and Ball & Grinding Ring (Babcock).
Mills Plate (Steel industry) and Ball Mills (Mining).
Material handling Conveyors (belt & screw), feeders (vibrating, apron & table), chutes, bucket elevators, dust extraction, scales, bulkheads, silos & air slides.
Pipes Concrete, plastics & steel both on surface & underground.
Separation Clarifiers, cyclones, jigs & centrifuge.
Furnace Arc furnace, Annealers (gas).
Energy Steam, gas (C0, LP & Natural Earth gas), paraffin, heavy fuel, coal.
Resources and waste Water, water treatment & sewage. Environmental Management Plan, Water Balance & Water Use License.
Containers Pressure vessels, tanks, sumps & dams.
Heat transfer Industrial Air Conditioners, Cooling Towers, Steam Injection & Heat Exchangers.
Hydraulics and pneumatics Most applications of hydraulics & Pneumatics. I prefer to design my own hydraulic systems.
Civil Roads, Bulk Earthworks, Storm Water, Reinforced Concrete & Structures.
Drawings Mechanical, structural, civil, schematics, GA, lay-outs, PFD, P&ID & designing. My skills on electrical drawings is above average for a mechanical person. I am fluent on CADKEY, busy learning AutoCAD in my own time.
Reconditioning & new manufacture Just about any equipment required for the Steel, Power Generation, Railway, Mining & Chrome (Smelting) Industry.
Combustion Gas, Paraffin, Heavy fuel and pulverized coal.
Fire Suppression Buildings, Electrical installations & Conveyor Belts
Instrumentation Control Philosophy, Load Cells, Flow Meters, Pressure & Temperature Transmitters, PLC & SCADA
Ventilation & Air Cooling Mine Vent Stations and Bulk Air Coolers.
Filtration Oil, water, dust (panel and bag houses) & filter presses.
Vehicles Road going vehicles, Locomotives, Mobile Lifting, Trackless.
Drilling In Stope (pneumatic & Hydro-power), Pilot Holes, Raise Bore & Dewatering Holes
Construction & Project Management During my carrier I was responsible for the Construction and Project Management of the Projects allocated to me.
Electrical Power Consumer yard, Overhead Lines, Substations, UPS & Generators.

Professional Qualifications and Training


National Diploma in Engineering T3, Mechanical
• Electrical 1
• Quality Improvement
• All the MS Office courses
• Hydraulic + Advanced
• Safety Management
• Cadkey – self studied
• Fitting 1
• Holding of Meetings
• Lubrication advanced
• Vibration Monitoring
• Welding 5
• SAP
• NEC 3
• Firefighting & First Aid
• PLC 1
• Vuka (Cultural Diversity)
• Dale Carnegie
• Reliability-Centred Maintenance 2
• Anglo Risk Management A3

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