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Life as an African expat Mechanical Fitter Machinist Technician

The life of an expat Mechanical Engineering Fitter Machinist Technician in Africa

  We spoke to an amazing Mechanical Engineer and hands-on technician, Talent Tigere, about working in Africa as an expat. Having worked in a number of African countries, Talent Tigere’s experience is quite interesting and diverse, having worked in countries such as Sierra Leone, South Africa, Madagascar, and Zimbabwe!

Talent Tigere has a particular interest in the mining sector and he has added a number of specialist skills to his profile; including Supervision, Training, Mechanical and Structural Installations, Commissioning, Maintenance (i.e. Troubleshooting, overhaul, service, repair, condition-based monitoring, analytical and recommendation) and Machining.


  1. What inspired you to get into this industry?

I have always loved the idea of being the man behind the success story. Looking at big infrastructure or equipment and acknowledging that I was part of the team that made it always inspires me as the story does not only finish with me but what comes after/ result of that work satisfying other demands.

  1. What salary can a trainee compared to an experienced Mechanical Fitter Machinist Technician expect to earn? 

  2. In my line of work an an apprentice’s salary in Zimbabwe is set by the apprenticeship board and is based on the percentage of qualified artisans in the country.

  3. An experienced Mechanical Fitter Machinist Technician’s salary differs from company to company.

  1. What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

As an expat you work with a number of different backgrounds in a diverse team. The challenge is mainly in the beginning of a new project, being able to work with a variety of cultures, work attitudes and differing work approaches.

  1. How do you manage to overcome these challenges?

It all comes to communication and teamwork. The team has to find what is applicable and best for everyone so as to achieve the projects goals and targets.

  1. What has been the highlight of your career?

Being an expat employee working on big projects with such infrastructure and equipment that l have never imagined, with my skills being recognised and appreciated (named employee of the month) is a major highlight!

  1. What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?

Hard work, dedication and being a team player are the greatest attributes to have if you want to make it in the field.

  1. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?

Sierra Leone. With the findings of oil on the sea and land and vast gold, iron ore and diamond deposits they have they will surely be a hot spot. The eagerness of the populace and government to allow investors to come has put it on the map of being a hot spot. With so much infrastructure to build after years of war this country has it all that we should put our interest on and follow the proceedings as we will have something to benefit from.

“I believe in Africa mainly of the hunger of success in Africans. With so much being put in education and skills we will be able to explore and utilise many channels of prosperity by taking advantage of our minerals and resources to attain higher standards of infrastructure, wealth and general well-being. Africa is the hub of activities with the right guidance all will be other continents will continue to flock to Africa.” Talent Tigere

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