Khutso Maimela: Babcock lifting machine operator (LMO)

Khutso Maimela is nearly halfway through her 12-month lifting machine operator (LMO) learnership at Babcock.

Khutso has a matric with mathematics and physical sciences as core subjects, as well as basic rigging, basic computer skills and an NQF level 3 welding course. She attributes her current position to a combination of her love of engineering, her completion of relevant coursework and her unflagging search for learnerships in her field, despite the difficulty of finding positions in such a male-dominated industry.

Khutso Maimela, lifting machine operator (LMO) learner at Babcock.
Image: Babcock

What is the greatest challenge you have faced in getting where you are today?
I applied at – and was rejected by – many companies before finally starting with this learnership.

What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment, career-wise, to date?
My greatest career-related accomplishment would be being in the company that I always wanted to be in, the career that I love the most. And I’m on my way to becoming what I want to be in life.

What advice would you give young women looking to work in your industry?
Don’t give up until you get what you need. Carry on with your studies and keep on applying for positions – there are a lot of possibilities as we need more women in the industry. It is a great environment to work in, and I am looking forward to having many more women in the industry in future.


14 Aug 2017

By Robyn Grimsley
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