Bert Van Opstal
 4-EDUCATION


    1984 – 1989 Masters degree in Industrial engineering, Belgium.
     1978 – 1984 Technical high school mechanics/industrial sciences, Geel, Belgium
    1972 – 1978 Primary school
     1989 – 1990 Truck driver in the Belgian Army, located in Germany.  Grade: soldier.






1984 – 1989
 Master of science in Industrial engineering, Belgium.

5 years, higher education university degree, MSc-Ing  Master of science in idustrial engineering - automation.
The first term general engineering education (2 to 3 years).
The second term (2 years) engineering 
electro-mechanics with the graduation year specialization in automation and computer technologies.
In the final year with a hands-on internship to prepare my graduation thesis at the engineering office of 
Umicore in Olen, Belgium. 

My graduation thesis described 2 subjects:
  • the automatic generation of drawing elements in IBM's CADAM CAD software using macros in Fortran programming language.
  • composition of a shape coding system to categorize and identify technical drawings and components
University: Katholieke Industriele Hogeschool Kempen KIHK (Catholic Industrial University Kempen), Geel, Belgium now a division of the reputable university Katholieke Universiteit Leuven KUL, Belgium (Catholic University Leuven).
Univeristy website: KU Leuven

Accreditation and international recognition: In my graduation period international recognition for this degree was not available.
The master degree is now accredited by the NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatie Organistaie) according to the criteria set by the ECA. NVAO is a member of the European Network for Accreditation of Engineering Education (ENAEE and by this organisation of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) and  International Engineering Alliance (IEA).




Find more information on our Certification and accreditation page.
Clarification of the Flemish / Belgian engineer degrees: VIK - Flemish Chamber of Engineers. I am a former member of VIK.

VIK is a member of CIBIC - 
Comité des Ingénieurs Belges - Belgisch Ingenieurscomité Representative body for all academic engineers in Belgium. CIBIC is the Belgian National Committee representing the Belgian academic engineers at FEANI.

FEANI
- European Federation of National Engineering AssociationsFEANI is a federation of professional engineers that unites national engineering associations from 32 European countries. Thus, FEANI represents the interests of over 3,5 million professional engineers in Europe. FEANI is striving for a single voice for the engineering profession in Europe and wants to affirm and develop the professional identity of engineers. Through its activities and services, especially with the attribution of the EUR ING professional title, FEANI aims to facilitate the mutual recognition of engineering qualifications in Europe and to strengthen the position, role and responsibility of engineers in society. The General Secretariat of FEANI, managing the activities of the federation, is located in Brussels since late 1997.

FEANI is a member of the IEA - International Engineering Alliance.


1978 – 1984
 Technical high school mechanics/industrial sciences, Geel, Belgium

My high-school education was focused strongly on technical skills.
The first term of three years focusing on both hands-on practice in masonry, wood working and metal working, combined with general education.
The second term of three years, electro-mechnics / industrial sciences, beside of improving hands-on practices, focusing more on a theoretical background with mathematics and industrial courses in metal working, mechanics and electricity.

Institution: Technisch Instituut Sint-Jozef (Catholic Technical Institution), Geel, Belgium:
Institution website: Technische scholen St-Jozef


1972 – 1978
 Primary school

I attended primary school, in Belgium a 6 years basic education plan, in my parents hometown, Olen in Belgium.

School: Parochieschool (Catholic Parish school), St-Jozef Olen, Belgium - currently renamed to "Toermalijn".
School website: Toermalijn


Army service

1989 – 1990 Truck driver in the Belgian Army, located in Germany.  Grade: soldier.




Started my military service as a soldier schooling for truck driver in the Blairon Camp in Turnhout, Belgium and handling arms like semi-automatic guns, hand grenades and rocket launchers. Achieved the truck driving license which also is valid for civil service.

Was then assigned to service with the 13the artillery division of the Belgian Army, part of the NATO nuclear missile depot located in the Stockerbusch in Buren, Germany.
Daily tasks as personnel driver for belgian, dutch and american military with 4x4 Landrovers and mini busses, truck driver for all kind of loads and mission driver for nuclear warheads, driving 4x4 trucks up to 10 tons.


Certificates

1998 + 2003 + 2013 VCA / SCC – VOL 
Safety Checklist for Contractors – Operational supervisors


‘SCC’ is the abbreviation for Safety Health and the Environment (SHE) Checklist Contractors and is intended to make it possible for your company to operate with greater safety awareness and reduce the number of accidents.
SCC certification is intended for contracting companies that carry out work with or subject to increased risk in a high-risk environment. It often concerns construction or maintenance work carried out at building sites, in factories and workplaces, and on installations.


Professional trainings


2012    Oxygen applications – design & construction

2008
2000    ERP system: SAP 
1996 

2005     5 Gate Lean Six Sigma Project management

1997    Windows & Engineering document management software

1996    Business communication & Sales
1990 

1993    PLC applications and fieldbus technology
1992 



2012    
Oxygen applications – design & construction

Technical design & application course by Air Liquide in Antwerp, Belgium: 



1 day course learning the design and technical constraints and specifics to take into account when designing or building applications using oxygen as liquid or gas.
  • characteristics of oxygen
  • material constraints in oxygen applications
  • oxygen design specifications in general
  • specific oxygen design specifications by Air Liquide
  • safety measures in oxygen applications


2008    ERP system: SAP

Software application course by Stork in Balen, Belgium:
 


SAP - DMS Document Management Service
1 day course explaining in general document control and filing and how to implement and utilise it with SAP's DMS Document Management Service.

The original name for SAP was German: Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte, German for "Systems Applications and Products." The original SAP idea was to provide customers with the ability to interact with a common corporate database for a comprehensive range of applications.
SAP is an ERP system which stands for Enterprise Resource Planning.
SAP applications, built around their latest R/3 system, provide the capability to manage financial, asset, and cost accounting, production operations and materials, personnel, plants, and archived documents.
  • Document info records, document organisation
  • Object linking to other objects
  • Use of files
  • File storage in secure area
  • CAD Integration
  • Document Distribution


2005     5 Gate Lean Six Sigma Project management

Project Management course by Jacobs Engineering in Antwerp, Belgium:
10 day course to learn how to implement lean six sigma methodology on the 5 gate model of project management.

The DMAIC Six Sigma methodology i.e. Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve, Control provides a structured approach to solving business issues. The tools used in Six Sigma are primarily to identify the root causes for process defects so that the company can provide to the customers consistent quality products on time and at low cost. The project management tools and techniques emphasis the project attributes such as development, control, completion etc.
  • the 5 gate project model
  • the six sigma methodology
  • diagnose the current state of both customer performance and project processes 
  • implement lean practices: identify waste in order to design faster and responsive processes 
  • use of problem solving tools and techniques to tackle root causes 



2000    ERP system: SAP R/3: PS

Software application and project management course by Philip Morris International in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands:
 


SAP - PS Pocject System
3 day course to migrate from SAP R/2 to SAP R/3 and explaining the project management module in SAP R/3 and it's relations with the other modules.

The original name for SAP was German: Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte, German for "Systems Applications and Products." The original SAP idea was to provide customers with the ability to interact with a common corporate database for a comprehensive range of applications.
SAP is an ERP system which stands for Enterprise Resource Planning.
SAP applications, built around their latest R/3 system, provide the capability to manage financial, asset, and cost accounting, production operations and materials, personnel, plants, and archived documents.
  • Migration from R/2 to R/3
  • Structures, using a work breakdown structure (WBS)
  • Processes, using individual activities (work packages)
  • Procedures for establishing budgets and reporting costs
  • Characteristics of Revenues & Payments
  • Procurement
  • ABAP applications (Advanced Bsuiness Application Programming)


1997    Windows NT – Documentum

Software application course by Philip Morris International in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands: 

2 day course on how to use the Windows NT operating system.  Second part implementation and use of the Documentum document file & control package.
  • Windows NT
  • Enterprise Content  Management fundamentals
  • Document object and security model
  • Creating and manipulating objects
  • Workflows and life-cycles


1996   Communication techniques for internal business communications

Management course by Zenit in at Newton Control, Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands:
 


1 day course to learn better and more efficient business communication techniques.


1996   ERP system: SAP R/2

Software application course by Philip Morris International in Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands:
 


SAP R/2
3 day course for SAP R/2.

The original name for SAP was German: Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte, German for "Systems Applications and Products." The original SAP idea was to provide customers with the ability to interact with a common corporate database for a comprehensive range of applications.
SAP is an ERP system which stands for Enterprise Resource Planning.
SAP applications, built around their latest R/3 system, provide the capability to manage financial, asset, and cost accounting, production operations and materials, personnel, plants, and archived documents.
  • Investment Management (IM)
  • Material Management (MM)
  • Workflow (WF)



1993    
BOSCH 
CL500 System course - Profibus applications - Fiber optic backbone fieldbus

Technical application course by Bosch Rexroth in Frankfurt, Germany:


2 day training on the Bosch CL500 PLC system and Profibus fieldbus.



1992    MODICON TOPGUN Application/Service Course I + II 

Technical application course by AEG Modicon in Halfweg, the Netherlands.

Currently part of Schneider Electric.
 
2 x 3 day training on Modicon automation products.
  • Modicon 984 PLC
  • AEG Modicon Compact series PLC
  • Modbus & Modbus Plus communications
  • Modsoft programming: ladder logic and function diagrams
  • MAP 3.0 communications
  • Unicell HMI software
  • IO systems


1990    Sales and communication practices

Management course by VDAB  in Leuven, Belgium.
 
5 day training on sales and communication practices.


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Bert Van Opstal,
23 Sep 2014, 12:43