On Friday 31 August, Wesley Neutt visited UCT as part of the Department of Chemical Engineering's Visiting Engineers Programme.
Wesley graduated with a BSc Engineering in Chemical Engineering from UCT in 2014. He began working at the start-up, Premium Green Fuel (PG Fuel), whilst completing his degree in 2014. His experience at PG Fuel involved identifying process shortfalls, process trouble-shooting, and ultimately building and commissioning a novel tyre pyrolysis operation for the production of fuel, char and wire. In 2017, Wesley started working at GrahamTek Holding Water division (GTH), leading the design and commissioning of a 3 million litre per day sea water desalination plant. As a process engineer at GTH, he was also involved in industrial water treatment process design, process tendering, technical scheduling of tenders and internal project management for project execution; and has insight into the response from industry during the Cape Town water crisis. Wesley is currently a partner in RY-Engineering Solutions, an engineering consulting firm with contracting clients like Enviro-Serve, Aspen, Distell and various other smaller processing clients offering engineering solutions and services.
He spoke to the first-year class about his career journey, and at lunch time gave a seminar on his experiences at Premium Green Fuel (PG Fuel), as well as his experiences at GrahamTek, and about the waste market in South Africa and the opportunities available.
The Department of Chemical Engineering is part of the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.