Marcel brings many years of experience across a range of industries including manufacturing, aerospace, automation, defence, rail, energy, electricity transmission, and consumer appliances. This wide experience and skill base means that Marcel has proven he’s able to adapt to any task, problem, or project that comes his way. His flexible thinking and natural drive to make things happen quickly and efficiently has seen him successfully complete a number of major projects.
I grew up with a fascination with how things worked. I pulled things apart to see how they fitted together and get an understanding of the mechanical and electrical insides. They usually made it back into one piece…
As an engineer with ten years of experience behind me I still have that fascination, but also a drive to develop new products, processes or systems and to create opportunities where challenges present themselves. The satisfaction gained from working collaboratively in multi-disciplined teams gives me the energy to take on the next challenge and work problems to their conclusion. Particularly in the New Zealand engineering world, adaptability is key, as there are never two problems alike. This is where I find I excel as I am a very flexible engineer who brings a range of experience to the table.
I believe that engineering should be done in such a way that not only meets the specification, maximises utility and minimises cost, but also that it needs to be done in a socially responsible way.
- Collaboration / team work
- Innovative / creative thinking
- Logical thinking
- Problem solving
- Concept development
- Project engineering
- Product development
- Project management
- Supplier selection
- Commissioning support
- Microsoft Office suite
- Heavy industry
- Process solutions
- Product Design
- Production equipment
Automated Rolling Stock Maintenance Facility
Modernising of a manual rolling stock workshop to an automated system including included 20 new machines integrated with a robotic materials handling system. We achieved a fully operational and integrated facility on a tight 40 year old Brownfields site which remained operational during the construction and commissioning phases. The machine shop took the worn wheelsets from the rail ore cars, replaced the bearings and machined the wheel profile, or replaced the wheels/axle with new parts. Tight tolerances were achieved on both the horizontal and vertical lathes to optimise the pressing forces by controlling the interference fit within 25 microns. The whole shop is controlled through a central control system and parts moved around automatically by a robotic overhead gantry system. The majority of the machines in the shop require no operator intervention under normal day to day operation.
ULTRA-EFFICIENT IN-WHEEL MOTOR
Taking the work of the CSIRO and developing the production process, reducing costs, increasing quality and electrical efficiency of an electric motor with nominal efficiency of 98.3%. The motor was originally developed for solar car racing and now is used by every top team around the world due to its superior efficiency and reliability. The motor was also successfully adapted for other niche markets where low mass and efficiency are important.
F35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER
Engine Removal and Installation Trailer
The Engine R & I Trailer is the principle piece of ground support equipment for the F35 Joint Strike Fighter Program. Essentially the trailer is a purely mechanical device used to remove and install the 4000kg jet engine from the rear of the aircraft within mm clearances. This is achieved using only human power through gear reductions and hand pumped hydraulic drive.