In 2002, Fortunate Nyamidembo began pursuing a career in the engineering industry. By 2005, he had graduated with a National Certificate in Electrical Power Engineering and acquired a Trade Test Certificate.
He also obtained a Certificate of Compliance to become a Wireman License holder. Recently, he graduated with an Advanced Diploma of Applied Electrical Engineering through the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT).
He has recently experienced a period of transition within his career: he has departed the textiles industry and moved onto engineering design and manufacturing in Road Tanker Manufacturing. Reflecting on his varied career thus far, he said:
“In my 13 year career, I have enjoyed the test of engineering in vast areas and got opportunities to collaborate with local and overseas technicians and engineers to tackle the job tasks. I worked for various sectors from textiles, manufacturing, steel processing, installation projects and even designing. Things I got involved with range from power, pneumatics, hydraulics, automation, electronics and instruments.”
Fortunate said he has been fascinated by watching industrial automation and processing creep into the engineering industry at almost every level. His everyday responsibilities include plant maintenance; responding to breakdowns, team leading, project designing, and upgrades.
He says EIT’s online training methods have enhanced his career and made him more confident in his ability to solve engineering problems in the workplace.
While working and studying simultaneously is a challenge, Fortunate said he was prepared to tackle it.
“I had to draw up a timetable that I forced myself to adhere to and cut unnecessary activities like watching television. Any TV I did watch was mainly engineering programmes like ‘Mega-Factories’ and ‘How it’s Made’.”
In his spare time, he conducts his own engineering experiments. He also plans to continue upskilling and acquiring qualifications — he wants to pursue either a Bachelor of Science (Industrial Automation Engineering) or a Bachelor of Science (Electrical Engineering) with EIT. Above all, Fortunate says he aims to continue implementing the knowledge and training he is gaining through his studies in his daily, hands-on job.