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Construction Welding

Pretoria, GP, South Africa
February 01, 2018

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Nicholas Lawler

** ******* *****, ********, ******, South Africa +278******** / +278********


A versatile, highly skilled Senior Welding & Fabrication Inspector / Welding Technician, with over 16 years construction experience within the Oil, Gas, Petrochemical & Power Generation industries.

Acknowledged as a highly focussed and committed professional, I have been entrusted with daily activities of multi-cultural work forces both in the South Africa and abroad managing all aspects of pressure vessels, heat exchangers & piping, prefabrication erection and testing.

I am now looking for a new position with a forward- thinking reputable company, where I believe my excellent work ethic and ability to succeed in fast-paced, high pressure environments will lead to me becoming a valued employee.

Key Skills & Achievements

Expertise in pressure vessel / piping construction incorporating welding, N.D.E, corrosion protection, hydro testing, heat treatment & mechanical testing activities.

Achieved complete Mechanical, Rotating and Static Equipment Construction and Commissioning activities ahead of schedule on the vast majority of projects undertaken prior to handover to clients.

Proven track record of successfully coordinating and managing contractors/sub-contractors, controlling and monitoring quality according the relevant codes and applicable standards.

Ensuring Employer / Site regulations with regard to work safety and environment preservation are maintained.

Career History

Eskom Medupi Power Station March 2016 to Present

Lead Inspector / I.P.E Inspector

Key member of project team responsible for ensuring quality control and quality assurance is maintained by sub-contractors in the construction of the fourth largest coal fired power station in the world. Responsible for the construction of 6 x 794MW Coal fired boilers in Lephalale, Limpopo.


Ensuring Employer / Site regulations with regard to work safety and environment preservation are maintained.

Supporting, Training and Coaching of QC Inspectors and Unit Supervisors in inspection techniques and Reporting.

Identification of TM QA Dept. inspection interventions in providing an assurance of quality, actual inspection and / or testing activities relevant to construction and testing works to determine product compliance with engineering drawings, specifications, codes & standards and project contract documents and overall technical integrity.

Sample review of Supplier Databooks for statutory work and Quality Dossiers for non statutory work at 30%, 70% and 100% completion.

Identification of the availability and correctness of verification documents.

Provide technical guidance for Level 1 & 2 SAQCC inspectors.

Liaising with design engineers to clarify any issues on P&ID and isometrics. Monitor and continuously review HS & E.

Work packages to progress engineering, procurement and field construction and site construction team, install reinstatements, new piping & rotating equipment.

Elgin Engineering

June 2007 to Feb 2016

Senior Inspector / Welding Technician

Intergral part of a dynamic team involved in the design & construction of pressure vessels & heat exchangers

for the oil & gas, powergeneration, mining & sugar manufacture industries.

Responsible for performing inspection / surveys verifying compliance with the applicable rules, codes, regulations and standards.

Supervise all quality and welding related issues during outages and shutdowns for oil refineries

Implementing and maintaining of ISO EN 3834 comprehensive certification.

Approval of material & electrode certificates ensuring code and specification requirements are met.

Review of radiographic films

Responsible for specifying destructive testing for PQR’s, PTP’s, MTP’s & welders test.

Investigating defects and implementing solutions and repair procedures.

Prepare/Compile documentation

oWeld maps using AutoCAD software

oWelding Procedure Specifications[WPS]

oProcedure Qualification Records[PQR]

oWelder Qualification Records

oNDE Maps.

oHeat treatment procedures & technique sheets

oHydro-test procedures & technique sheets

Co-ordinate and lead technical issues with major clients regarding Welding & Quality Control matters.

Implementation and development of new welding techniques.

Projects successfully completed:

o2007 : Sasol Turbo - 1,9 billion USD

o2008 : Eskom – Kusile power station - 20 billion USD

o2009 : Shell & BP FCC R6101 Reactor - 4,6 million USD

o2011 : Sasol wax expansion - 1,3 billion USD

o2013 : Sunrise/Jacobs Eng LPG Bullets - 140 million USD

SS Engineering

Jan 2007 to June 2007

Trainee Inspector

Material Identification

Visual inspection of fit ups and completed welding

Review of NDE technique sheets and procedures

Co-ordination of N.D.E. as per client specification & code requirements

Performing all Q.C. functions and final hand over done on all Pressure Vessels, Heat Exchangers, Boilers and Piping.

Inspection of blast profile of pressure vessels

Measuring of WFT/DFT

Prepare Hydro-test & PWHT Technique Sheets

Witness Hydro Tests

Final visual & dimensional checks

*Machinist - RSC Precision Engineering[U.K] Aug 2005 to Dec 2006

*Turner - GB Bearings Sep 2004 to Aug 2005

*Turner/Miller - Elgin Engineering Feb 2001 to Aug 2004

*Further details available on request

Qualifications, Training & Courses


Jan 2006 – Dec 2006 I.C.S, Glasgow UNITED KINGDOM

Diploma in Technical Design & Drawing

Feb 2008 – May 2014 Southern African Institute of Welding, GAUTENG RSA

Inspector of Pressurised Equipment – I.P.E cert.: 557

Sep 2012 – Sep 2012 Southern African Institute of Welding, GAUTENG RSA

ASME Codes of Manufacture – Dip.: 6950

Mar 2010 – July 2010 International Institute of Welding, GAUTENG RSA

International Welding Inspector – Dip.:ZA-IWIP-S00286

Sep 2008 – Nov 2008 Southern African Institute of Welding, GAUTENG RSA

Welding & Fabrication Inspection Level I – Dip.:8659

Mar 2010 – July 2010 Southern African Institute of Welding, GAUTENG RSA

Welding & Fab. Inspection Level II – Dip.: 5194 [Distinction]

Sep 2013 – Nov 2013 Southern African Institute of Welding, GAUTENG RSA

Interpretation of Radiographic films

Jan 2001 – Dec 2001 Damelin College, DURBAN RSA

PC Engineering MCSE 2000, A+,N+


Welding and Inspection Requirements of European Standards and Directives for the Manufacture of Pressure Equipment: EN 13445 & EN13480

Welding and Inspection Requirements for Steel Structures in accordance with AWS D1.1 Structural Welding Code – Steel

Welding Metallurgy Of Stainless Steels (Dr. Damian Kotecki)

Computing Skills: • Catia 3D Modelling & Machining

City & Guilds AutoCAD LT-2007 Level 1 & 2(2006)

Edge Cam 3d modelling and machining

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