Sparks Electrical News

With over two decades in the industry, Marcel Kelly, Sales Engineer at Woodbeam, a local company delivering substation protection, metering, auxiliary relaying, SCADA, and automation and Ethernet networking systems and solutions, still enjoys working in the evolving, dynamic environment that is the electrical industry.

Personality of the Month Marcel Kelly Woodbeam

Sparks: Where were you educated?

MK: I studied at Cape Technicon.


Sparks: How long have you been involved in the electrical industry?

MK: I have worked in the industry for 22 years.


Sparks: When and where did you start your career?

MK:  I started in 1996 at what was then Nampak Mono Containers in Cape Town.


Sparks: What are the greatest changes you have seen over the years?

MK: The biggest change for me has been the transfer from analogue to digital technology.


Sparks: What major projects have you worked on and what is your greatest accomplishment?

MK: Quite a few, most notable include the Transnet signals infrastructure upgrades and PRASA traction.


Sparks: Who has been your inspiration or have you had a mentor who has influenced your career?

MK: Martin Bell at SPDL; the gravity he brings to a meeting and/or presentation is really impressive.


Sparks: What, to your mind, is one of the biggest challenges facing the industry at this time?

MK: With advances in the complexity of devices, comes the greater need for specialists and skills.


Sparks: What do you enjoy most about your job?

MK: Meeting lots of different people with vastly differing needs.


Sparks: How do you motivate your staff?

MK: I motivate staff with a fairly complex incentive scheme, and by assisting wherever I can.


Sparks: If you could ‘do it all again’, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?

MK: I would have become a dentist. They charge like wounded buffalos!


Sparks: Would you advise a person leaving school to enter the electrical industry?

MK: I would, mainly because it is a fast changing and forever evolving dynamic environment in which to work.


Sparks: What is your advice to electrical contractors and/or electrical engineers?

MK: Keep it simple, I prefer to go home and sleep at night, not solving complex issues on site.


Sparks: What is your favourite quote?

MK: “Get busy living, or get busy dying,” Steven King.


Sparks: Name three things on your ‘bucket list’.

MK: I would like to visit Disney World in the USA, go surf the pipe in Hawaii, and go on a beach holiday in Thailand.




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