in this field,” says Andisha.
“Some of my current duties within the performance improvement department include identifying and analysing operational and individual performance gaps, designing and developing cost-effective solutions to close the gaps, implementing the solution and evaluating the results. I am also the custodian of two programmes: a measurement system, KPIs (key performance indicators), which determines the current level of performance within manufacturing operations; and environmental performance improvement (the Afrox Power Savings Plan that focuses on electricity reduction, in compliance with government regulatory changes).
“I enjoy mentoring my team. To see someone progressing through the company and knowing in the back of my mind that somewhere along this individual’s life, I played a part in developing him or her, is very satisfying,” she smiles.
There is a shortage of engineering skills in this country, and anyone wanting to pursue this career will stand a very good chance of securing employment. Globalisation has also made the labour market very competitive, and if the company you work for in South Africa has global parents/alliances, it is possible to get overseas assignments too.
“My advice is, ‘Get stuck into the activity.’ By standing on the wayside, you never really live your life. A scary moment for me was my first climb up a 15-metre ladder of a bulk storage tank. I had a bad case of vertigo and was trembling the whole way up, but I was determined to do it, and I did!” Andisha laughs proudly.
If you are a woman interested in entering the engineering field, visit www.sawomeng.org.za for some interesting information on the career.
Published By: Liezl Maclean