Mr Arthur Chikonobaya joined SIRDC in November 2011 as a Research Scientist and was elevated to Acting Director of the Electronics and Communications Institute in July 2018. His prior experience was gained from Glendale Spinners, Colcom Foods Limited, Irazim Textiles, and Headlane Engineering among other companies that he worked for. He merges the skills of an electrical artisan/engineer and an electronic engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Technology Honours degree in Electronic Engineering from the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT). His professional experience started in 2005 after doing Electrical Power Engineering and being a skilled worker class one electrician. He attained some practical experience and exposure in industry before undertaking his undergraduate studies in electronics at HIT in 2006.
Mr Chikonobaya has vast experience in power systems design, Programmable Logic Controllers and Variable Speed Drives installation and programming. He is also into industrial automation, microcontroller programming, solar photovoltaic system design and installation, motor control systems, and power factor correction, among other areas of expertise.
He also underwent training in India for Intelligent Networks and Value Added Services in the telecommunications industry. He has a keen interest on induction furnaces and induction heating equipment.
Mr Chikonobaya has worked on automatic changeover/transfer switches including their design and installation for back-up power systems, security surveillance systems, inverter designs, SCADA and Human Machine Interface systems, among other electronic systems.