|Jasper L. Coetzee|
He left the mine in late 1979 to join a major petrochemical group as Resident Engineer of one of their major collieries. During this time, he was responsible for all maintenance activities, the supply of services, surface operations as well as all project engineering. From late 1982 to the middle of 1985, he was responsible for all mechanical maintenance of one of the major petrochemical plants of the same group. This was followed by a period of 2 years during which he headed the project team that designed and chose a maintenance information system for the various plants/mines of the group.
He left in 1987 to set up a consultancy in the maintenance field. The main interest of his consulting work lies in the field of Maintenance Strategic Management, although he is well-known for his work in the Reliability and Failure Analysis fields. He joined the University of Pretoria in 1993 as Senior Lecturer in Maintenance Engineering. In this (last) role, he was responsible for the administration and co-ordination of all courses in Maintenance Engineering presented by the University of Pretoria up to February 2000. He is managing director of M-Tech Consulting Engineering (Pty) Ltd, an organisation involved in maintenance knowledge development and transfer, maintenance consulting and maintenance analysis software manufacture and distribution. He is also a member of the board of advisors of IFRIM (International Foundation for Research in Maintenance).
In addition to his work in M-Tech, dr Coetzee is also involved at the University of Johannesburg, where he presents an Internet based multi-modal Masters Degree in Maintenance Engineering.
He is also author of the widely used 450 page textbook ‘Maintenance’, which is a prescribed work at the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Johannesburg, and the Vaal University of Technology. This textbook is also used as basis in the more advanced courses of M-Tech and is used extensively by large corporations such as Anglo American and South African Breweries (SAB-Miller). Dr Coetzee is also the author of the RCM and Failure Analysis software package, M-Analyst and has published 30 papers and articles in the maintenance field.
Dr Coetzee received the individual President's Award for Maintenance Excellence from the Southern African Maintenance Association in 2005.