Instructor's Summary

Mr. Tim Tonkin


Mr. Tim Tonkin is an International Expert in Pneumatics, Hydraulics, Electro Pneumatics, Electro Hydraulics, Proportional Hydraulics, CAD/CAM/CNC Programming, PLCs (Siemens & Festo) with over 30 years of industrial and field experience. He is currently the Mechatronics Head of NMMU wherein he is managing the projects on designing and manufacturing of fully automated machine for Siemens and Festo, conducts tension tests for the strength of materials,     in-charge on all machine shop work and industrial CNC machining, maintaining and updating of laboratory equipment to keep in-line with the industry standards and developing courses and presenting practical classes to undergraduate students and industry delegates.

Previously, he worked with Shatterprufe as the Mechanical Team Leader wherein he supervised engineers and technicians to ensure correct practice in conducting air receiver pressure tests and proper maintenance of fans, gearboxes, furnaces, screening machines and edge working machine & pumps. Further, he was responsible on the design and installation of pneumatic and hydraulic control systems. Prior to this, he worked with several international companies such as SASOL, Ford Motors and Commonwealth Smelting.

Mr. Tonkin has Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the South Bristol Technical College (UK). Further, he has Diplomas in Maintenance Engineering from the City & Guilds of the London Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering from Port Elizabeth College and QA/QC from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.