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Mick Crabtree M.Sc.

Mick Crabtree

As a high-school drop-out Michael (Mick) Crabtree claims he was ‘saved’ from total ignominy by joining the Royal Air Force as an apprentice at the age of 16. Trained in aircraft instrumentation and guided missiles he completed a Higher National Certificate in Electrical Engineering, (with distinction in Mathematics) and concluded his service career seconded to the Ministry of Defence.

In 1966 he moved to South Africa where he was involved in the sales of industrial equipment and process control instrumentation, working at the forefront of technology – moving from sales, to sales management, to marketing management.

In 1981 he was appointed Editor and Managing Editor of South Africa's leading monthly journal dedicated to the general electronic and process control instrumentation industries. In 1989 he founded his own company – specialising in feature writing, articles, general PR, and advertising for the industrial process control sector. During this period he also wrote and published seven technical handbooks on industrial process control: ‘Flow Measurement’, ‘Temperature Measurement’, ‘Analytical On-line Measurement’; ‘Pressure and Level Measurement’; ‘Valves’; ‘Industrial Communications’ and ‘The Complete Profibus Handbook’.

For the last twelve years he has been involved in technical training and consultancy and has run workshops on industrial instrumentation and networking throughout the world (USA, Canada, UK, France, Southern Africa, Trinidad, Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand). During this period he has led more than 4500 engineers, technicians and scientists on a variety of practical training workshops covering the fields of Process Control (loop tuning), Process Instrumentation, Data Communications, Fieldbus, Safety Instrumentation Systems (according to both ISA S84 and IEC 61508/61511), Project Management, On-Line Liquid Analysis, and Technical Writing and Communications.

After nearly 35 years spent in South Africa, he now lives in Wales, just outside Cardiff, having relocated to Britain about ten years ago.

Mick holds a Masters Degree from the University of Huddersfield.

His hobbies and pastimes include: cycling, rambling, history, and reading.

“Mick has received excellent reviews and positive feedback for all his courses. His down-to-earth, practical, and entertaining approach makes him a sought-after speaker and lecturer in a wide variety of disciplines.” IDC Technologies