About Me

Me (short version):

  • 1961: Do the math.
  • Basketball: My body told me to stop after 42 years.
  • Photography: Focused.
  • Good food & drinks: Who doesn't.
  • Computer stuff: I'm not a nerd.
  • Traveling: To learn and understand.
  • Science-Fiction: No fantasy stuff.
  • Thriller: The books and the movies.
  • Handyman: Electricity, Woodwork, Gardening.
  • My Myers-Briggs Type Indicator ® is:

I=Introversion, S=Sensing, T=Thinking, J=Judging.

ISTJ's tend to be serious, quiet, thorough and dependable. They see to it that everything is well organized and accurate. They are practical, orderly, matter-of-fact, logical, realistic and take responsibility. They notice what needs to be done and follow through steadily. More info about MBTI ®

  • My Insights ® color preference is:

Meaning I'm the Observer type that:
Pays great attention to detail. Diplomatic when the situation calls for it. Quickly gets to the root of a problem.

More info about Insights ®

Qui docet, discit.

Who teaches, learns.

Countries I've Visited:

Antarctica, Argentina, Austria, Canada, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, USA, Vietnam.

Language Knowledge:

Flemish (native) [*], English, German, French & Spanish

[*] Flemish is the Dutch language spoken in the Flemish part of Belgium

Skills & Other


Quality oriented, Eye for detail, Service minded, Multicultural, Teamplayer.


Currently transforming to become a Technical Trainer for Bus & Coaches.

I have the talent to make it understandable for others.

Technical writer => creating student & service documentation/manuals.

Training skills acquired not only by doing but also after following several seminars.

E-Learning (Web Based & E-Class).
Previously, deep technical expert in both classic TDM & VoIP telecommunication + Unified Communications

ICT Knowledge:

Telecommunication (Both Enterprise and Public).

Enterprise Communication Systems (Classic TDM and Voice Over IP).

Unified Communications.

- Unify OpenScape Portfolio: 4000, Voice, UC & DLS.

- Mitel Portfolio: MiVoice Business, Border Gateway, MiCollab(UC).

The following is acquired by self training, on-the-job-training and by doing.

Windows (till Windows-10 & Windows Server 2008).

Linux (basic).

MS-Office (PowerPoint, Word, Excel & Outlook).

Network Configurations (TCP/IP, DHCP, DNS, AD, VLAN, QoS).

Huawei Switches & Routers.

Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop.

Past Seminars and Courses:

Continental/VDO, Kibes Basic Course, 07/2019.

Siemens SIADIS, Basic Course, 07/2019.

DAF MX11/MX13 Euro6 Diesel Engines, Basic Course, 06/2019.

Introduction to Internet of Things, 02/2019 (out of interest).

Work efficient and lean with ERP Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2016, 06/2017.

Introduction to Electrical Cars, 12/2016 (out of interest).

Advanced Digital Techniques.

Assembler Programing Language.

Being a Technical Trainer

CHiLL Programming Language.

C Programming Language.

Customer Relations.

Intel Processors.

Introduction to Customer Relationship Management Applications.

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.

Software Design Methodology.

Inventivity - Creativity

I prefer practical outlasts design

Below is just a small example of the result. Of course, there is no accounting for tastes and colors, so ...........

Click on a picture below to see a larger version.

I designed and constructed my garden to become as you see below:

I needed a stair to the attic but the stairmakers were reluctant  to do it because of the complexity. I did it myself and it  is still holding since 2001.

A new side table that could display  my chess piece. As we do have from time to time small children in the house I had to make sure they couldn’t hurt themselves, hence the somewhat curved  corners.

A living room  light  I created as we couldn't find anything to  our liking in the shops.

A practical HiFi / TV stand that could hold the necessary equipment and that could hide the sub-woofer as well.

Career State Summary

(see my LinkedIn for details)

Current state: since 04/2019

Technical Trainer @ Van Hool

10/2017 – 03/2019:

Xylos Belgium

Senior Technical Consult Unified Communications.

10/2008 – 09/2016:

Unify Communications Belgium.

Senior International Technical Trainer for:

Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, France, England & Spain.

09/1985 – 09/2008:

Siemens Belgium.

10/1997 – 09/2008: International Service Trainer.

01/1994 – 09/1997: International Technical Support Engineer.

01/1991 – 12/1993: Technical Support Engineer.

01/1989 – 12/1990: Software Developer & Test Engineer.

01/1987 – 12/1988: Software Developer & Test Engineer. (Germany, Münich)

01/1986 – 12/1986: Software Test Engineer.

09/1985 – 12/1985: Installation Engineer.

01/1982 – 08/1985:

Bell Telephone Manufacturing Company Belgium.

09/1983 – 08/1985: Installation Engineer. (Mexico, everywhere)

08/1982 – 08/1983: Telecommunication Trainee.

01/1982 – 07/1982: Interim, drawing Technical Plans.

Marc Poelman

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