I work in the mining industry as a boilermaker and pipefitter in the engineering department of fabrication and maintenance.
What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?
Zimbabwe is currently basing the economy mainly on the mining industry which is striving and yielding good results. As a skilled person I need to provide the industry with expertise and also my desire to contribute meaningfully to the engineering fraternity and economy as well, hence me joining the mining industry.
What qualifications and experience did you have to gain in order to establish yourself and therefore become a professional within your industry?
l have my Fabrication Engineering national certificate. Adding to this I joined various institutions as an Apprentice inorder to learn various systems and standards in the mining industry.
What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?
It is vital for the plant itself and the equipment to run efficiently through the integration of maintenance and fabrication to prevent shortages of spares hampers the reliability, availability and efficiency.
How do you manage and overcome these challenges?
I prioritise on requisitions of critical spares with greatest effects and appropriately do mantainance to avoid sudden failures that will cost the company.
What has been the highlight of your career?
Sharing and interacting with supervisors and engineers on corrective measures to curb huge loses to the company.
What could somebody expect to earn within your field at starting level or at trainee level?
Starting salary will roughly amount to $600 per month.
What could somebody expect to earn after working within your field after 10 years?
One can expect to be earning approximately $4500 per month.
Who is your role model and why?
My role model is Mr E Ruvai he encourages principle of hard work, precise execution of duties and remains focused on personal goals.
What motivates you to work this hard?
It pays to work hard and l will also value the fruits of hard work.
What is your outlook within your industry over the next 5 years?
The industry has the potential to grow as there are projects underway to expand, rehabilitate- existing and new mines to return to their tonnage capacities but the there is still the need for external investors.
As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?
l believe Zambia due to mineral reserves found in the country as well as road infrastructure and industry rehabilitation.