Pastor Michael Killagane
Past Board Member
Ryan T. Eubank
Senior Advisor, Welding Training, Equipment and Facilities Planner Kirtland, Ohio
Director at GODMK Enterprise (Pty)Ltd Nelspruit, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Mr. Sibusiso Mpapane, known as “Sibu”, has over 14 years of experience in construction, specialized welding applications and automation, pipelines and storage tank construction. He started his career at Element Six (PTY) Ltd, as a metallurgical graduate in training, where he was involved in the research and development of synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide super material, focusing on failure investigation and analysis. He was at Element Six for two years. His welding career started when he joined Welding Alloys South Africa (PTY) Ltd, WASA (PTY) Ltd, in 2008. At WASA (PTY) LTD he was involved in the development, application and selling of hardfacing and cladding products, as a technical sales representative. His core clients where mines, sugar mills and steel production industries, there he trained his clients and their welders on the correct application of hardfacing and cladding.
In 2010 he started working for Lincoln Electric, a global welding equipment manufacturer, where he was trained further on welding applications and automation. He was trained at Lincoln Electric (Poland) for gas metal arc welding, Lincoln Electric France for advanced submerged arc welding and cladding, Lincoln Electric USA for advance arc welding, automation and pipe welding. He serviced and trained a number of Lincoln Electric clients in the Southern Africa Region, i.e., Zambia, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland and east coast of South Africa including the mines, sugar mills and automotive industries.
As a welding superintendent, in 2013 Sibu moved to Steval Engineering, a company that was involved in heavy engineering fabrication, construction of fuel storage tanks, power generation construction, and mining plant construction. He managed welding on several projects including some in Mozambique, DRC and South Africa. One of his highlights at Steval Engineering was to lead the team that built the first and biggest two LPG spheres in the southern hemisphere, using an automatized flux core process and achieving a 0.5% failure rate, on 100% x-rays, in just 6 months.
In 2016 he started his own business called GODMK ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD, which specializes in welding, fabrication, and construction. The business has vast experience in tank fabrication, pipe welding, construction, structural steel fabrication and erection. GODMK ENTERPRISE also specializes in labor hire of specialized welders and well experienced artisans, boilermakers, and pipe fitters.
Sibu has been growing GODMK ENTERPRISE (PTY) LTD from strength to strength.
George G. Hlifka
Welding Engineer, Senior Welding Inspector and Welder
George G. Hlifka attended Lincoln Electric Welding School and began his career as a construction welder. It was there that he developed the passion for building things, specifically things requiring welding. He is proficient with GTAW, GMAW, SMAW, FCAW and SAW processes.
The desire to learn all that he could about welding pushed him to continue his education to become a welding engineer and graduate from the Ohio State University with a BS in Welding Engineering.
George also pursued additional training in vocational education, numerous Codes such as the ASME B&PV code, ASME power and process piping codes. He is an AWS Senior Certified Welding
Inspector with the ASME B31.1, B31.3 and AWS D1.5 endorsements. George is a member of several AWS Certification and Qualification committees and has been an active member of AWS for 30 years. He previously served on Lakeland Community Colleges welding advisory committee.
George’s welding career has given him the opportunity to see how welding is managed outside the US, having worked in South Africa, Brazil, Dubai, South Korea, and Japan, where he received the George Westinghouse Signature project of the year award. He enjoys assisting others with their welding questions and is often reached out to and consulted with in the industry.
George recently retired from the Perry Nuclear Power Plant where he was a Consulting Engineer, responsible for the welding and repair/replacement programs.
Managing Director, sCurve Solutions
He also attended the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University where he received a certificate in global energy leadership, with the following areas of emphasis:
Energy Strategy Formulation
Execution & Change Management
Innovation & Managing Disruption
Leading Data-Driven Energy Corporations
Financial Decision Making
Decision Making Under Uncertainty