Lorinda Lakay: senior manager, Manufacturing at Komatsu Mining
Lorinda Lakay is the senior manager of manufacturing at Komatsu Mining. She has a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and a Master’s degree in systems engineering, and is currently studying towards a BCom in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Lorinda Lakay is the senior manager of manufacturing at Komatsu Mining.
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Lorinda started out as an engineer designing and improving the rotating components, working her way up to become the first female principle engineer and business unit manager in charge of Komatsu Mining’s hydraulics department, the position she held prior to being appointed senior manager of manufacturing.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in getting where you are today?
I have always been in male-dominated streams, first gearing design and now manufacturing. I have always had to go the extra mile to prove myself equal to the men, who do not always accept women in their space easily.
What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment, career-wise, to date?
I would have to say solving issues that many men have struggled with. I have moved up the engineering ranks to become the first female principle engineer and BU manager and now senior manager in South Africa. My greatest accomplishment has been giving other South African women the knowledge that they can compete with men on equal footing.
What advice would you give young women looking to work in your industry?
You must be tough and determined. Set yourself a goal and do not let other people set it for you. Don’t reinvent the wheel, get a mentor to show you how to do it. That’s how the smart men do it and that has worked for me.