Mzingisi engineers elec­tri­cal so­lu­tions

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It in­volves:

Elec­tri­cal net­work mod­el­ling us­ing soft­ware pack­ages to de­ter­mine cable and con­duc­tor sizes Siz­ing and se­lect­ing switchgear Un­der­tak­ing fault level anal­y­sis THIS week Mzingisi Booi (31) tells us some­thing about his line of work.

What do you do?

I’m an elec­tri­cal projects en­gi­neer at the Port El­iz­a­beth branch of Bal­len­den and Robb Con­sult­ing Engineers.

What does your com­pany do?

We de­sign elec­tri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tems, build­ing ser­vices, sub­sta­tions and the in­ter­con­nec­tion of power-lines. There­after, we pre­pare project tech­ni­cal spec­i­fi­ca­tions, cost es­ti­mates, bills of quan­ti­ties and carry project man­age­ment du­ties through to com­ple­tion.

What does a typ­i­cal day en­tail?

Writ­ing up spec­i­fi­ca­tions Li­ais­ing with con­trac­tors and clients Pro­cess­ing contractor pay­ment claims and

Vis­it­ing project sites.

How long have you been with

the com­pany?

Since I fin­ished my diploma in 2004.

What chal­lenges do you face?

A huge chal­lenge is deal­ing with un­der-per­form­ing con­trac­tors and stub­born clients.

What do you like and dis­like

about your job?

I love the fact that you learn some­thing new in ev­ery project, but I don’t like the amount of trav­el­ling we have to do.

Has it al­ways been your dream to

do what you do?

No, I thought I would be a med­i­cal doc­tor un­til I re­alised I had more of an an­a­lyt­i­cal mind and en­joyed prob­lem solv­ing.

What and where did you study?

I com­pleted my Na­tional Diploma in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing in 2004 at the PE Tech­nikon now the Nel­son Man­dela Met­ro­pol­i­tan Univer­sity (NMMU).

I also did my B-tech in elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing at NMMU and I’m cur­rently study­ing to­wards an MSC in the built en­vi­ron­ment, fa­cil­i­ties man­age­ment at NMMU.

Where do you see your­self in the

near fu­ture?

I see my­self own­ing my own suc­cess­ful com­pany in the built en­vi­ron­ment in­dus­try.

Any ad­vice for young peo­ple who would like to do your kind of job?

Iden­tify what you want in life and just make it hap­pen.

This may sound like a cliche, but in all hon­esty it works!


MAK­ING SPARKS FLY: Elec­tri­cal projects en­gi­neer Mzingisi Booi fol­lows all projects through to com­ple­tion

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