Work History

Work History
Jul 2013 - Present

Founder and Director

  • Signatory status for technical analysis and drawing release for the Airbus A350XWB landing gear
  • Responsible for defining analysis work packages and managing them during the A350XWB certification loop.
  • These work packages include Finite Element Analysis, Full Field Fatigue Analysis and classical fatigue analysis
  • Actively involved in the A350 methods of analysis meetings
  • Presenting technical information to the customer - presentations and reports
  • Managing engineers in the A350 fatigue analysis team when asked to do so by our EGL
  • Design input to optimize structures and to increase their loading capacity
Oct 2011 - Jul 2013

Analysis Engineer

Messier-Bugatti- Dowty
  • A320NEO & A350XWB main landing gear fatigue analysis using classical and current methods
  • A320NEO static analysis on the main landing gear using classical and current methods
  • Vibration analysis: The effect of engine imbalance on an aircraft's landing gear
  • Communicate methodology and results by means of presentations and written reports

  • Finite element analysis (Abaqus, Patran & Nastran)
  • Ensure conformity with airworthiness requirements
Oct 2010 - Oct 2011

Completed an MSc in Advanced Mechanical Engineering

Imperial College
May 2008 - Oct 2010

Mechanical Engineer

Denel Saab Aerostructures
  • Finite Element Analysis (Marc Mentat, Patran & Nastran) of the Airbus A400M Wing to Fuselage Fairing (WFF).
  • Stress analysis: Classical stress analysis of metallic and composite components; Finite Element Analysis; fatigue life and fracture assessment (using linear and non-linear fracture mechanics). 
  • Vibration and heat transfer analysis on the Wing to Fuselage Fairing.
  • Implemented non linear stress analysis capabilities using my experience from MSC Software
  • Technical support to the stress department and manufacturing concessions
  • Supporting  the design phase and tool development
  • Demonstrated engineering capabilities to numerous international aircraft manufacturers for tenders and proposals.
Jul 2007 - Apr 2008

Engineer - Consultant

Esteq Engineering
  • Technical and product support on MSC Software products at Esteq Engineering (official seller of MSC Software in Africa).
  • Support for PATRAN, NASTRAN, MARC, MENTAT and other simulation packages
  • Consultation and numerical analysis for numerous international companies across all industries
  • Technical presentations and reports for customers
Dec 2002 - Nov 2007

Engineer in Training

Vacation Work
  • in South Africa 2002 Huletts Aluminium:  Engineer in Training on an aluminium coil coating production line (the products were mainly used in the manufacturing of soft drink cans)
  • 2003-2006 Element Six (De Beers Group): One of four mechanical engineering students in South Africa selected to do research on synthetic diamond cutters and drill bits for the oil and gas industry (hard-rock applications)



Oct 2010 - Nov 2011

MSc & DIC Advanced Mechanical Engineering 1:1

Imperial College of London, United Kingdom
  • Distinctions in all subjects required for degree
  • Advanced Stress Analysis, Advanced Forming and Fracture, Advanced Vibration Engineering, Computational Continuum Mechanics, Finite Element Analysis, Fundamentals of Fracture Mechanics, Interfacing & Data Processing and Mechanical Transmission Technology
  • Research: ''Weld modelling and validation using finite element analysis'' - ABAQUS & FORTRAN code was programmed for a DFLUX subroutine. Data from Neutron Diffraction measurements was used to verify the simulated residual stresses for a Laser Beam Welding process
Jan 2008 - Jun 2010

BEng (Honours) in Mechanical Engineering 1:1

University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Passed post graduate degree with distinction: Part-time studying while working at Denel Saab Aerostructures
  • Heat and Mass Transfer, Finite Element Methods, Structural Integrity and Vibration & Noise
Jan 2002 - Dec 2007

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1:1

University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • 33 Distinctions throughout degree
  • Final year design and research:Designed a mechanism on a current Bell B30D frame for unloading coal and analysed the load body when slag is transported at a temperature of 800 ºC
  • Research prize from Frasier Alexander Bulk Mech
Oct 2001 - Dec 2002

Private Pilot License

43 Air School, South Africa
  • Piper Cherokee 140
  • Piper Cherokee 180
Aug 2001 - Oct 2001

A+ Certificate

Hatfield Business College

Computer Software and Hardware Support (With Distinction)



2010- Postgraduate Academic Honorary Colors by the Student Representative Council, University of Pretoria (BEngHons)

2008- Academic Honorary Colors by the Student Representative Council, University of Pretoria (BEng)

2007- Merit Award, Top 5 final year student in the BEng Mechanical Engineering Department

2007- Individual research project prize in association with Frasier Alexander Bulk Mech.

2007- Prize by Frasier Alexander Bulk Mech. for final year design project

2003- One of 4 four Engineers selected by Element Six to do research in supermaterials

2002- Exceptional marks achieved A+ course – Hatfield Business College

2002- Outstanding performance – Dale Carnegie training


  • EngineeringAid:Providing technical advice required at any stage of infrastructure building in developing countries, working independently and in collaboration with other NGOs
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE) Western Area: Assist in organising speakers and lectures for IMechE in the Gloucester area
  • E.G Jansen High School (2006): Voluntary tutor in the subjects of Mathematics and Physics. Socio-economically disadvantaged pupils benefited from these tutorial sessions

Other activities

  • Chartered Engineer IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineering) 
  • IMechE committee member: Western Area, United Kingdom
  • Dowty Golf Society – Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
  • Academic Colors at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Golden Key International Honour Society



Other Skills

Lean Six Sigma training: Greenbelt (2012) A+ Diploma at Hatfield business college in computer hardware (2002) Private Pilot License on a Piper Cherokee 140 and Piper Cherokee 180, 43 Air school Port Alfred (2002) Dale Carnegie leadership (2002) N3 – N6 Computer practice (2001)



Finite Element Analysis

Patran Nastran Marc Mentat Abaqus ANSYS nCode (FE Fatigue) Catia