Jeff Sharman

PLC, HMI and Networking Specialist

I was born in the UK, Educated in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. I am married with 1 daughter, also married and I now have 2 grandchildren.

I studied at Chesterfield College of Technology up to National Certificate level in electrical engineering as well as serving a full 5-year apprenticeship as an Instrument Mechanic. This was followed by an extensive UK career.

In 1981, I was offered a position as Instrument Foreman with Sasol, Secunda and this is when I emigrated with my family to South Africa. I was responsible for all instrumentation issues on 5 Sasol units.

After Sasol, in 1991, I moved to Johannesburg where I was employed at Babcock Engineering and Davy International as Senior Instrument Engineer, overseeing projects in Botswana and in the steel industry.

I obtained my first fulltime training position at Fisher Rosemount as Training Manager. presenting courses on the DeltaV and RS3 DCS systems.

I was then offered a position as Training Consultant with Rockwell Automation with whom I have been associated 15 years even since official retirement. I recently completed a long-term commissioning assignment for Rockwell USA in Nigeria, commissioning a power management system for a gas to liquid project at Escravos.

In 2005, I spent time in Germany at Hirschmann who are one of the world leaders in Ethernet technology. I was the first certified Hirschmann trainer in the whole of Africa.

I have completed many courses over the years on Instrumentation, Fisher Control Valves, All the Rockwell systems and networks. In addition, I have received training on Compressor Control, DeltaV DCS and RS3 DCS systems.

My experience is very extensive across many instrumentation and control system fields, particularly PLC’s, Networks and HMI’s.

Throughout my career, I have travelled extensively mainly in Sub Saharan Africa and the Middle East, specifically Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Kuwait. In Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Mali, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Botswana. I have also spent some time in Egypt.

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