CV, International Electrical Engineer, presently in Saudi Seeks Work

I am currently available for work
Serial No: 16146

Skills keywords: commissioning, documentation and handover, electical engineering; construction, pre commissioning
Short Bio:


Tichaona Chikoroondo is a graduate of Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Electrical Engineering from the University Zimbabwe; working in Saudi Arabia and permanent resident in South Africa. I wish to be considered for the position of Electrical Engineer.

I am currently working for the project management team (PMT) which is responsible for executing Saudi Aramco’s capital program as part of the engineering services and project management. I am Area Superintendent.

Current location: Gauteng, South Africa - View on map
Nationality: Zimbabwean / Permanent Residence South Africa
Preferred Sector of Employment:  Oil, Gas and Energy, Manufacturing and Operations
Spoken languages: English; Shona
Location I am interested in working: Anywhere
List the countires you have a visa to work in: saudi arabia, South Africa, Zimbabwe


BSc Honours Electrical Engineering

University of Zimbabwe 2005





Skill / Practical trainings

High/Medium/LV Voltage Training and Practical Completed:

132kV,33kV, 11kV, 525V Switching Certificate; Switchgear and MCCs

– Substation and Transformer maintenance up to 175MVA

– Reliability Centered and Condition Based Maintenance Regimes; Routine and Shutdown Maintenance

– ISO 9001 QMS; ISO 14001 EMS and OHSAS 18001

-Communications, Report writing, Project and Time Management

Relays,PLC’s, Scada and Computer Training Completed

– IEC61850 ;Modbus, Profibus DP, ControlNet, DeviceNet; Power Management System

– ABB Relion Series Relay Training: Relion 600 and 540 series

– SEL Relays; Alstom Micom Relays and GE relays; Eaton

– SAP Plant Maintenance; SAP HR , SAP Projects Management, Syspro and Flowcentric

– Onkey Pragma Computerised Maintenance Packages

-ABB Remote Terminal units ,Integrated HMI and java

-ABB Network Manager systems and ABB microSCADA

– SCADA and PLC packages : Foxboro invensys; ABB 800xA PLCs, Control Logix 5000 and RS View 32 SCADA

-AutoCAD, MicroStation; SPEL and Microsoft Office Packages

– Protection Grading and Short Circuit studies: ETAP and DigiSilent

– Cisco and Routing courses CCNA

-Industrial switches RuggedCom, ABB, MOXA, GE Multilink


Company SRACO for Saudi Aramco (Saudi Arabia)

Current Position

Electrical Engineer (Site Superintendent)

Manifa Core Hydro Carbon Project Management Team

Manifa Crude Processing Facilities is project on production phase ramping up to ultimately produce 900,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Arabian Heavy crude oil, 90 million standard cubic feet per day (scfd) of sour gas, and 65,000 bpd of hydrocarbon condensate.

I am currently working for the project management team (PMT) which is responsible for executing Saudi Aramco’s capital program as part of the engineering services and project management. My area of responsibility involves electrical construction; pre-commissioning and commissioning activities of the GOSP; Gas Gathering plant; Flare Gas and Substations. The approximate total project cost is US$ 10 Billion including offshore and onshore installations.

Period Employed December 2011 to Date

Area of Responsibilities includes:

-hands-on experience on low and medium voltage power systems design; pre-comissioning and commissioning; Rotating Equipment

-Support several areas/units of major construction work, monitoring all phases of field construction, ensuring work is executed in a timely manner, in accordance with design, quality and schedule as per Saudi Aramco Engieneering Standards (SAES) and Inspection Procedures, National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) and IEC

-Hazardous area equipment classification and checking for compliance on material received on site as per Equipment label

-Supporting Maintenace Engineers during the Warranty period and out of warranty; creating the Spare parts list and Invertory Management

-Providing Support for the Start of Synchronous machines for Compressor of 12000kW 13.8KV Motors; with brushless excitation

– Check and monitor the completion of construction; witness and verify that necessary test and inspections are performed and completed by the contractor; witness and verify that pre-commissioning and commissioning activities as per Saudi Aramco Testing and Inspection Procedures (SATIP).

-Installation of Electrical Heat tracing systems; Cathodic protection; HVAC and Building Management Systems, Street and Plant Lighting

– Completing punchlists recorded in the Project Mechanical Closeout System and deliver the Plant Operations with the Partial Mechanical completion Certificate ready for start up.

– Ensure that constructed plant complies with all safety and engineering standards, site rulers are adhered to by all personnel, personnel wear and correctly use Personnel Protection Equipment.

– Control of scheduling, development of construction methods, accountability for progress, utilization of manpower, physical inspection of workmanship for compliance with plans and specifications.

-Coordinating with Facilities end user (proponent) to get approval for all pre-commissioning and commissioning activities.

-Preparing weekly schedule, attending weekly meetings with contractor and sub-contractors for progress update and Technical queries.

-Revising and updating the vendor Schematic and SEL/MM300 Relay logic drawings as per Field changes. Tackling any issues related to the GE switchgear and Motor Control centers.

-Troubleshooting and providing Support for UPS and Battery Chargers (CEG and Gutor Systems)

-Co-coordinating and arranging Vendor site visits and scheduling for the involved parties (witnesses) to be present for their activities

-Performing RCA; FMEA and Management of Change processes

-Verifying the readiness; execution and documentation for Energization; solo runs and load run for all the equipment.

-Managing the Document reviews and transmittals for all the red lined drawings and final As Built drawings together with the Inspection and Testing records. Experience on SPEL and I-plant system

Company Proconics EPC for Sasol Refinery and Petrochemical Plants

Last Position Lead Electrical Engineer

Period Employed May 2011 – December 2011

My responsibilities included:

-Engineering design on awarded projects spanning from Motor Control Centers (MCC), Transformers, Switchgear and motor Installations for the Sasol Petrochemical Plants in RSA.

– Appointing Subcontractors for the Electrical and SCADA works and the Panel building

– Demonstration of Factory acceptance tests and Site acceptance to the client (Sasol)

– Protection calculations; Protection settings; Protection Grading ; and Short Circuit studies using ETAP and DigiSilent

-Performing primary and secondary Injection for Protection Relays

– Configuring Relays, VSDs and SCADA systems

-Total System Integration of Remote Terminal Units, PLCs, Relays and SCADA for the Plant Control system

-Specifying Substation Networks and ensuring they meet customer specifications.

– Project Implementation as per signed Contract and negotiating design changes.

The following are the projects I worked during my period of employment:

1. Re-Configuration of Emergency Supply at 11kV Substations 900C with ABB switchgear and 5400D

2. Siemens MCC for Sasol Utilities Expansion Project

3. Siemens MCC for Sasol Wax Expansion project

4. 11kV Supply for EPU 5 expansion project

Company ABB South Africa

Last Position Projects/Design Engineer in Substation Automation projects in Oil and Gas Plants; Electricity Generating Plants and Power utilities

Period Employed December 2007 – April 2011

Responsibilities includes:

-Taking overall responsibility EPCM for awarded projects checking what was proposed and from that creating FDS and VOs

-Design and implementation of the Integration of ABB Remote

Terminal Units, PLCs, Relays (ABB, SEL and Alstom- Areva) and MicroSCADA for Substation Automation systems

-Designing and specifying Substation Networks and ensuring they meet customer specifications.

-Project Implementation as per signed Contract and also negotiate for Electrical and Instrumentation designs.

-Chairing HIRA and HAZOP meetings to ensure designs are safe.

-Engineering, Procurement, Manufacturing, Configuring and

Commissioning of ABB Relays, SCADA and PLC Panels.

-Development of interactive graphic single line substation and plant diagrams using the ABB microSCADA and Integrated HMI.

-Full Substation Automation with the IEC61850 implementation and configuring various Host Protocols to communicate to the Master Station

– Configuring Remote Terminals units and microSCADA for data logging, generation of alerts and sequence of events lists

-Training of client personnel both the Operators and System Engineers and Mentoring Junior Engineers

– Preparation of proposals for projects given Consultancy technical

specifications using pricing from local suppliers including 3rd

parties and overseas suppliers.

– Preparation of quotes to the 3rd parties and Utilities end user

– Exercising the responsibilities of Project Manager for projects

less ZAR 1Million, roles of Sales Engineer for Variation of Order

(VO) and using Customer Relationship Management(CRM)

technique hence having a single point contact for additional

scope of work that arise with end users.

– Supervise the manufacturing of panels once designs are

approved, testing, setting up of Factory Acceptance tests (FAT),

Site Acceptance Tests (SAT) and installation and Commissioning

of ABB Remote Terminal Units and ABB MicroSCADA for Power

utilizes in Southern Africa and Municipalities

– Using SAP computer systems modules for Material Management

and project management.

– Ensuring that work procedures and safety standards are followed

according to OSHAS 18001 and ISO 14001 environmental systems

Reason For Leaving Career Prospects

Company Mimosa Platinum Mining Company

Last Position held Junior Maintenance Engineer In Asset Management Department

Period Employed August 2005 – September 2007

Responsibilities included:

– Control and manage Electrical , instrumentation and Control


– Managing Contractors for the Phase IV expansion doing the

installations of electrical and instrumentation equipment.

– Design, Select, purchase, install and commission of Electrical


– Allen Bradley PLC Programming and interfacing to the RS VIEW

32 SCADA System during plant modification projects and


– Configuring Controllogix 5000 DeviceNet, ControlNet and

Ethernet for process networking

– Ensure that all modifications are in Accordance with the local

legislation and company standards

– Carry out flameproof inspections and Electrical Audits

– Appoint and Control Electrical contractors for Projects and Plant


– Maintenance of Transformers up to 20MVA namely Alstom,

Desta, Hansen and Genwest dry type and ABB transformers

– Maintenance of transformer protection systems which includes

Circuit Breakers namely Reyrolle, ABB, Merlin Gerlin, Fuchs ;

Protection Relays namely Vamp Vpj140, Alstom, Newlec and

Earth Leakage protection relays

– Maintenance of Motor Control Centres (MCCs) and panel


– Maintenance of Induction motors up to 2300kW namely the Weg,

Wem, Relmo, ABB,

– Maintenance of pumps namely Warman, KSB pumps and Ball


– Allen Bradley PLC Programming and interfacing to the RS VIEW

32 SCADA System during plant modification projects and


– Configuring Controllogix 5000 DeviceNet, ControlNet and

Ethernet for process networking

– Calibration of Process Automation Belts scales and density


– Design of electrical schematics and PLC Coding for Conveyor

belt System Sequential starting and stopping.

– Underground power reticulation and ventilation systems

– Electrical maintenance of Tamrock drill rigs.

– Reporting to the Electrical and Services Engineer, receiving

reports from Underground, Crushing and Screening and

Concentrator Plant Electrical foremen. Leading Electrical project

team that had two Electricians and their assistants

– Ensuring that Safety Procedures and Standards are followed

according to the ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001 Systems and N0SA

Five Star Integrated System

– Observation; Coaching through Behavioral Based Safety (BBS)

– Total Quality Management and Risk Assessment

Reason For Leaving Relocating to South Africa

Company Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Company Laboratories

Last Position held Trainee

Period Employed January 2005 – June 2005

Responsibilities included:

– Condition monitoring of Power transformers.

– Transformer physical inspection and checking for leakages.

– Sampling and testing of transformer oil

– Laboratory assessment of transformer oil and electrical


– Transformer Insulation testing and deriving recommendations

from test results.

– Best practice HV and LV reticulation and switching techniques

– Best practice National Grid control and monitoring system

Reason For Leaving Student Attachment: Back to Full time Studying

Achievements 1. Manifa Core Hydrocarbon Plant: Saudi Arabia

Contributor to the Project management team that successfully completed the execution; installation, pre-Commission ; Commissioning; turnover and Completions of Saudi Aramco Manifa Core hydrocarbon plant. Total project cost approximately USD 10 billion.

2. Sasol Utilities Expansion Program: Sasolburg South Africa

Re-Configuration of emergency supply 11KV switchgear at Substation 900C and 525V Motor Control Centers (MCC) for the utilities and Auxiliary equipment for the Compressors. Project valued at ZAR 8 Million.

3. Soccer City Upgrade: Johannesburg South Africa

Upgrade of the Power reticulation at Soccer City Nasrec .Project value at ZAR 15 Million, the project was run for a period of a year and completed within time and budget.

4. Phakalane and AK06 Substations in Botswana

EPCM on Substation Automation System for Phakalane 132//11 kV and AK06 132//11kV Substations in Botswana using the ABB RTUs and ABB MicroSCADA. Project values of ZAR 1.5 Million

5. RTU SCADA Gateways for EThekwini Metro Distribution Substations: Durban South Africa

Full IEC61850 implementation for about 250 number 11kV distribution substations for EThekwini Metro in Durban. DNP3.0 serial and DNP WAN for remote communication to the Control Centre. Project value estimated ZAR 11million.The projects was delivered on time; within budget and great profit margins.