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Jurie Weidemann

Johannes Jurgens Schoeman

Nickname: 'Jurie'

South African STEM blogger, Sales Manager + more

Currently resides in: Gauteng, South Africa

Born 20-10-1979 in Pretoria South Africa

Jurie's career started in the South African National Defence Force as a Naval Engineering Officer. He completed his experiential training on the SAS DRAKENSBERG, the Navy's supply/support vessel.

He went on to work as a Technician for various companies - mostly in maintenance. This included projects and installation/commissioning, as required, for manufacturing companies and also had to perform supervisory and management roles on various levels.

As his career progresses he is becoming more interested in process intstrumentation and robotics.

Jurie also actively blogs about technology and robotics in South Africa at

Contact details

O: +27113729340

Web presence

Business Address

163 Van Der Bijl St, Germiston, South Africa, 1614

Professional Portfolios

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Why is STEM important?

in The STEM Blog SA

Rectifier Circuit

in Power Electronics

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Sales Manager | Sales | Afrilek
Meadowdale, South Africa | January 2017 - present

Manufacturing and Industrial

Tshwane Branch: Chairman | SAIMC
Pretoria, South Africa | August 2015 - present


Previous Position(s)

Johannesburg Branch: Vice-Chairman | SAIMC
Johannesburg, South Africa | January 2015 - August 2015


Field and Instrument Engineer | Technical | Allpronix
Randburg, South Africa | September 2013 - January 2017

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

The Instrument & Field Engineer plays an integral role within Allpronix supporting the Sales Department and support on Allpronix products.

Responsible for installation, commissioning, developing solutions, fault finding and maintenance of all Allpronix products and promote Allpronix’s products.

These products include, but are not limited to, industrial networking hardware (switches, IP cameras, wireless networking, remote I/O), flow -, level -, volume -, temperature, position -, monitoring equipment and signal conditioners.

Specialist Electronics Technician | Technical | SAMCA Wall
Hammanskraal, South Africa | August 2012 - August 2013

Manufacturing and Industrial

Head of Department for the Selection (Quality control) department.

Ensure up-time of the machines to improve the output of quality products from the production line.

Specialize on Qualitron, Easy Line (Stacker, DICO Liner, DICO Planer) and the Falcon Millenium in terms of setup, control and instrumentation.

Train process controllers and other team members on what to look for during machine operation.

Electronics Technician | Paarl Coldset - Maintenance | Paarl Media (Pty) Ltd
Johannesburg, South Africa | 2010 - 2012

Publishing, Printing and Print Media

Responsible for the smooth running of the printing machines and it's support systems with regard to position and speed control, data handling and control systems.

This includes troubleshooting the system from software down to component level (drives/ encoders/ motors /Interbus-s/ CAN-bus/ ARCNET/ LAN)

Site Electronics Technician | Maintenance | Thos Begbie & Co
Middelburg, Netherlands | 2008 - 2010

Mining, Energy and Natural Resources

Mainly responsible for the smooth running of PLC controlled plants and Induction Furnaces and its supporting systems on the premises.

Also do fault finding and correction on milling machines, CNC machines, Lathe's and overhead cranes.

Technician | Installation | Mac Brothers Catering Equipment (Pty) Limited
Cape Town, South Africa | 2007 - 2008

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Install and commission various commercial kitchen equipment in new and operating kitchens. Also perform fault finding and correction in some cases

Area Franchise Partner | The Braai Shop
Cape Town, South Africa | 2007 - 2007

Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

Partner in a restaurant franchise (The Braai Shop) with Riaan Engelbrecht

Engineering Officer | SAS DRAKENSBERG | South African Navy
Simon's Town, South Africa | 2005 - 2006

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Perform various maintenance and fault finding tasks aboard the ship (SAS DRAKENSBERG) as part of my experiential training.

Also learn ship procedures and safety drills and perform assistant Officer on Duty tasks when along side to receive more training on ships topography and safety systems.

Owner | Marketing
Cape Town, South Africa | 2002 - 2004

Consumer Goods, Fashion and Retail

Ran and promoted my own marketing and retailing business on a part time basis.

This required me to:
Do cold contacting
Speak in front of groups of people

Doing presentations to individuals and groups

Retail consumer products

Develop Leadership (personally and in the

Officer under training | South African Navy
Simons Town, South Africa | 1999 - 2005

Government, Public Administration and Defence

Full time engineering student most of the time, but perform Officer on Duty at the base (SAS WINGFIELD) in Goodwood, Cape Town on various occasions during this time to observe the correct safety, traditional and disciplinary procedures are observed on the base

Also serve on the students committee during my living in time on the base.

Educational history


Hoërskool John Vorster, Nigel, South Africa (1997)



Pretoria, South Africa | 2011 - present

B.Tech - Process Instrumentation

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Cape Town, South Africa | 2004 - 2006

ND: Electrical Engineering - Control Systems, Digital System, Electronics, Electrical Distribution

Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2000 - 2004

B.Eng - Electrical/Electronic - Electrical

Did not finish - moved on to Cape Peninsula University of Technology


media exposure

Should C&I be recognised as an engineering discipline in SA? | 2016

Internationally, control and instrumentation (C&I) is recognised as an engineering discipline. In South Africa it is not. The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) does not have a registration category for C&I, although some discussion has recently been initiated. In our panel discussion we asked industry players to comment on these issues; including the question of what benefits ECSA registration offers. The comments made by the participants are their views and are not necessarily the views of their companies or organisations.

SAIMC Pretoria May 2016 | 2016

The latest branch Technology Evening was held at the Centurion Country Club on 6 April. Ai2SA kindly sponsored the evening and managing director Petrus Klopper gave an interesting presentation on Resource Efficiency: cleaner production and control & instrumentation

Dip tank level monitoring and contro | 2016

Allpronix locally develops and manufactures a laser level transmitter in both 40 (AL40) and 100 (AL100) metre ranges.

South African Instrumentation and Control | 2015

On 19 August, the first all-new branch of the SAIMC in a long time opened in Pretoria

Popular Mechanics SA | 2012

Mentioned in the Twitter section of the July 2012 issue - #OneLinerFame

Who's Who SA Website | 2012

My profile got featured which earned me a 'Celebrity Badge'

Competitive Accomplishments

Nigel | School Athletics | 1996

Placed second in a provincial level 800m race with a time of 2 minutes and 6 seconds

SA Naval College | Rooi-Els 21km | 1999

Achieved a silver medal in the end of course 21km run from Rooi-Els to Gordon's Bay. This was my first ever 21km

Cape Town | Two Oceans Half Marathon | 2003

This was my second Two Oceans 21km but the first under my name (Johannes Weidemann)

Academic Achievements

PLC programming (Siemens Training SA) | 2009

Other Achievements

Appointed deputy Headboy in Matric | 1997

Achieved the rank of Ensign in the SA Navy | 1999

Achieved the rank of Sub-Lieutenant in the SA Navy | 2005




Candidate Engineering Tech, May 2016 - present

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. The ECSA's primary role is the regulation of the engineering profession in terms of this Act. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programs, registration of persons as professionals in specified categories, and the regulation of the practice of registered persons.

Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control

Member, 2012 - present

From SAIMC's mission statement:
To advance the standards of theory and practice in the fields of measurement and control


Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control

Jhb Branch: Additional committee member, May 2014 - December 2014


Mentor, 2012 - 2013

Act as a mentor in a design project for a fellow South African completing his ND: Process Instrumentation

Boardroom Committee

Member, 2004 - 2005

Serve as a representitive of the student body living in in the Officers' mess at SAS WINGFIELD

Helshoogte 2nd year's committee

Member, 2001 - 2001

Assist house committee with events and organisation of rag activities and fund raising

Youth-leadership development fund

Facilitator, 2003 - 2004

Other Activities

High Tech SA - Blog

Blogger, 2012 - present

"High Tech SA" is a blog site about high tech gadgets and robotics specifically in South Africa and the aim is to promote various distributors and organisations in South Africa as it seems there is not enough web-presence for South African companies and organisations.

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