Makgatho - Fitter - Cape Town, WC, South Africa

Mokoke Makgatho

Cape Town, WC, South Africa




Qualified in 2002 as Fitter & Turner.Have done troubleshooting,repair and maintenance on the following equipment:High speed Sanitary Pads machine,High Speed Diaper machines,Ice Cream machines,Carbonated Soft Drink Production lines,Liquid Processing lines,Conveyors,Pumps,Pasturiser,

Work History

1#Glue Technician

Kimberly Klark

July 2009 - December 2012

Responsibilities: Maintain glue equipment(tanks, hoses, applicators and pneumatics).Troublshoot glue problems.Attend to breakdowns and do standby duties.
Positions held: 2#Shift Process Technician
Responsibilities:Lead diaper production team and ensure that production targets are met.Cover operators during breaks.Train new operators.Identify and eliminate major causes of downtime.Maintain machine in good running condition.



July 2009 - December 2012

1#Process Technician:Lead diaper production team and ensure that production targets are met.Cover operators during breaks.Train new operators.Identify and eliminate major causes of downtime.Maintain machine in good running condition.

2#Glue Technician:Maintain glue equipment(tanks,hoses,applicators and pneumatics.Troubleshoot glue problems.Attend to breakdowns and do standby duties.


Nestle Ice Cream

October 2005 - June 2009

Responsibilities:Maintenance of ice cream manufacturing equipment in good condition(mixing and storage tanks, valves, freezers, filling machines, conveyors, mixers, homoginizers, coldroom shelving, wrapping machines and sealing machines).Attend to breakdowns.Do standby duties.Provide process support during production.

Maintenance Fitter

Consol Glass

November 2004 - September 2005

Responsibilities:Maintenance of:Raw material offloading Plant, Batch Making Plant, Equipment transporting materials to furnaces, Burners, Bottle treating equipment.(conveyors, hoppers, ovens, bottle crushers, etc.)Do standby duty.

Mechanical Technician

Espin Manufacturing

August 2003 - October 2004

Responsibilities:Provide all mechanical Support for a Diaper Line:Troubleshoot process problems.Attend to breakdowns.Rebuild units.Plan and lead changeovers.Plan and lead maintenance activities.Maintain correct spares inventory levels.Do standby duties.Provide operators with maintenance training.

1# Production Process Controller


July 2002 - July 2003

Responsibilities: Operate and maintain bottling equipment(bottle washer, crate washer, uncaser, case packer, conveyors).Attend to breakdowns.
Positions held: 2# Process Artisan(Acting).
Responsibilities: Team leader for the Dry Section.Responsible for production and maintenance of equipment in the dry section of production.

1# Operating Technician.2#Quality Technician.3#Team Leader

Procter & Gamble

March 1995 - January 2001

Dates: March 1995 - January 2001.
Positions held: Sanitary Pads Department: 1# Operating Technician.2#Quality Technician.3#Team Leader.
Responsibilities: Operating and maintaining Sanitary Pads Machine.Ensuring that quality standards are maintained .Taking part in changeovers.Safety representative for the department .First aider.
Positions held: Bleach Department: 1#Team leader.2#Batch Making Technician 3#Mechanical Support Technician.
Responsibilities: Team leading.Operated and maintained Bottle Filling Machine, Capper, Labeller, Case Forming Machine, Case Packer, Blow Moulding Machines.Made Batches of Product.Maintained production equipment in department.
Sanitary Pads Department: 4#Mechanical Support Technician.
Responsibilities: Planning and leading execution of mechanical maintenance and changeovers.Maintenance of correct spare parts levels.

Motor Mechanic

Self Employed

May 1989 - December 1993

Responsibilities: Repaired and serviced cars, trucks and tractors.


Design and Commissioning of Splicing Unit

Backround:High Speed Sanitary Pads Machine stopped every 2 hours for team to manually splice depleted rolls of tape.Machine speed was 450 pads per minute.During speed ramp up and ramp down machine generated waste.I had the desire to eliminate this downtime and waste.I made a proposal to the operations manager.

I was granted permission to desing the splice unit at work.Made detailed drawings at home.Sourced an engineering shop that would fabricate the parts at the best price(no middle people).Assembled the various components.Made the necessary modifications to the machine frame.Planned installation and validation.Organised and prepared installation team.Secured installation and validation days.Installation done over weekend.Finnishing touches Monday morning.Validation Monday,Tuesday.
Results declared excellent.Tape spliced without stopping machine.Splice success rate:90%+.

Other projects:2#Was part of the quality team that commissioned the Sanitary pads line in Italy and South Africa.3#Took part in the upgrade of the Sanitary pads machine.4#Took part in the upgrade of the Blow Moulding machines.5#Was sent for diaper training in Spain.and took part in the commissioning of the Diaper machine in South Africa.6#Was sent for training on a state of the art Ice Cream machine in Tailand.andtook part in the commissioning of the machine in South Africa.

Qualifications & Certifications

N6 Mechanical

Pretoria West Technical College

ODI High School

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