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Discover the working career of a a Heavy Equipment Mechanic from Tanzania


Gold and Metal Mine Industries with the following skills:

  1. Engineering Mechanical;

  2. Maintenance Management;

  3. Power station controller; 

  4. DIESEL Electoral Mechanic;

  5. Safety Concourse.

What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?

Because of all the knowledge and skills that I have naturally, I was drawn to this industry and line of work.

What qualifications and experience did you have to gain in order to establish yourself and therefore become a professional within your industry?

My qualifications and my experience are my holistic processes which enable me to plan and improve machines and apparatus in terms of reliability and availability within my working area.

What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?

  1. Having right people on right position;

  2. Improving maintenance performance and practices;

  3. Reducing materials used through efficiency;

  4. Improving labour structures in the working area.


Providing and organize the right training in order to improve requirements. I am a hands on technical person and therefore assist in managing the maintenance of jobs onsite. When challenges occur I then implement a routine plan for the maintenance program and therefore can maintain the running machines/generator with low cost.

Additionally I draw up maintenance schedules for Air conditioning units, electrical panels, DB boards, vehicles and Forklifts, Generator, Trucks and auxiliary etc.

I motivate, coach and develop maintenance staff – so as to ensure that the maintenance team understands the relevant standard and principals of the company.

I constantly keep accurate diesel fuel tank levels and reports.

I run the maintenance department with specific detail, cost saving and time keeping with the necessary approaches.

I keep timeouts regarding the completion of tasks and do critical inspection on completed tasks.

What has been the highlight of your career?

My highlight of my career has been meeting agreed targets with low running cost and equipment, high reliability and availability.

If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?

Let me first say that it depends on the company’s salary scale range. With this said, I would say someone starting off in this field of work could roughly earn Shillings 400 000 which is equivalent to U$D245 per month. 

What can this person expect to earn after 10 years of experience?

Roughly U$D630.

What motivates you to work this hard?

  1. Committed to archive agreed targets;

  2. Self –driven;

  3. Hard worker;

  4. Follow safety procedure;

  5. Mine risk assessment.

What is your outlook within your industry over the next 5 years?

  1. Leading industry by archiving goals;

  2. Leading industry by having trained people;

  3. Leading industry by running with low cost high profits;

  4. Leading by paying higher than other sector.

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?

Tanzania – The landscape is as secure as the city; people go everywhere North to South, East to West fearlessly. Such circumstances made the country a destination for hundreds of foreign sun-worshipers who are after sunbeams, especially in the two seasons; winter and summer. None offensive acts against foreigners were ever registered in the country since citizens appreciate and respect foreigners as guests.

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