Senior Laboratory Technician (Chemistry)
North West University
From August 2008
Reason for Leaving: More impactful role.
Supervision and training of the laboratory technicians.
Drawing up quarterly laboratory reports.
Representing the laboratory staff in the departmental meetings; safety meetings; quality planning meetings; as well as physical planning and works project meetings.
Carrying out departmental administrative duties, e.g. course administration; requesting quotations for departmental purchases; purchasing; receiving; asset management; liaising and negotiating with internal and external clients.
Planning, organizing and directing initiatives to acquire income from external sources, through donations, advertising, and liaising with our suppliers.
Managing the laboratory budget expenditure, and asset management and control.
Promote culture of safety amongst personnel, organize and coordinate SHE activities, support safety initiatives from different departments.
Maintenance and calibration of laboratory equipments such as AA, GC, FTIR, IC, and UV-Vis Spectrophotometer.
Laboratory stock manager.
Ensuring adherence to the Safety and Laboratory standards i.e. ISO 17025 and GLP
Part of a Waste Management awareness programme which educates about waste and hazardous substances handling, storage and disposal to local government learners and teachers. Moreover, offer to department, theoretical knowledge on managerial and strategic planning i
Senior Laboratory Assistant
University of Zululand
April 2007 - July 2008
Reason for Leaving: Improved job title.
Management of the chemistry laboratories.
Operation and maintenance of laboratory equipments such as AAS, UV-Vis, Spectrophotometers, ICP-AES, CHN Analyzer, and XRD.
Ensuring good housekeeping is kept in the laboratories at all times.
Ensuring the safety rules and procedures are followed by anyone using the laboratories.
Supervising the students during the practical sessions.
Offering technical support to the department of chemistry.
Being assigned to head a R&D Laboratory. Assisting post-graduate students with the optimization, operation and troubleshooting of laboratory instruments, as well as interpretation of results. Liaising and negotiating with external suppliers for acquirement and logistics management for research chemicals.
December 2003 - March 2007
Reason for Leaving: Better compensation and benefits.
Process Control Laboratory
Acting for a Chemist, Shift Supervisor, Chemicals Analysts, Water Analysts, Composite Analysts, and Samplers, whenever necessary.
Performing wet chemistry, composite analysis, gravimetric analysis for phosphoric acid plant, sulphuric acid plant, and granular fertilizer plant.
Water treatment and analysis on cooling towers, dam water, effluent, buoyant, demin, boiling water, etc. for Sulphuric Acid plant.
General lab work such as calibration of instruments, preparation of standards and reagents, housekeeping and internal audit inspections.
Assisting in problem solving with issues arising in the production process.
Operation and maintenance of analytical instruments such as AAS, UV-Vis Spectrophotometer and Carbon & Sulphur Analyzer.
Quality Assurance Laboratory
Ensuring safety, health, and environmental issues are met (SHE Representative).
Implementation and maintenance of new and existing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Performing special projects as assigned.
Assisting the Chemist and the Quality Assessor in constantly reviewing the old methods, and developing those that require the use of new technologies.
Performing weekly lab audit inspections and lab quality control. Attending to all safety related matters in both the process and quality control labs.
First exposure to supervising, being a leader, and doing
August 2002 - November 2003
Reason for Leaving: Temporary position
General and Analytical Laboratories
Analysis of raw materials, bulk samples, in-process and finished product samples for glucose content.
Formulation of new products, validation and approval of new test methods.
Quality control testing of packaged batches (finished products), received raw materials, calibrate process equipments, report and follow up of faulty analytical equipments.
Interact with other departmental supervisors eg. Microbiology departments, quality/technical, packages and different factories.
Reporting results on LIMS.
Produce reports on analyses, report back on problems, and resolve problems.
Housekeeping and GLP in the laboratories.
Sampling of raw materials, in-process products and final products.
Sterilizing equipments using autoclave.
Preparation of media, broths, diluents and other reagents for micro analyses.
Analysis of products for yeasts, moulds, coli forms, Escherichia coli and Enterobacteriaceae.
Interpretation and reporting of the results.
Sugar crystal counting on mallow sweets using the microscope.
SHE audits inspections (swabbing of production equipments and hands for food handlers for bacteria checks).
Acquired knowledge and skill of working in a FMCG environment; exposure to factory operations; hands-on-experience in microbiology and food technology laboratories.
In service trainee & Lab Assistant
ML Sultan Technikon
February 1999 - November 2000
Reason for Leaving: Temporary position.
Snr Lab Technician, Snr Lab Assistant, Chemical Analyst, Analyst
NWU, Unizulu, Foskor (Pty) Ltd, Beacon Sweets and Chocolates (Tiger Brands)
Qualifications & Certifications
Empangeni High School
Durban University of Technology
Durban University of Technology