Can you tell us more about your role on the project?
Together with my team I manage and coordinate the training of our client’s personnel, ensuring that they are capable and equipped with knowledge to safely operate the plants we are building. Whatever equipment we are installing – boilers, compressors, pumps – the client will end up running the facilities. It is our job to make sure they get the proper training. It involves working with various vendors, ensuring people get the training they need while still being able to fulfil their shifts. It includes complex planning without room for error.
How many people have you trained so far?
Some 68 people in operations and 47 people in maintenance, more than half of them Omani nationals.
Is there anything you find particularly challenging?
Being a woman in a masculine environment is challenging. I am the only lady manager at DUQM and there is no room for error.
Does being one of the rare female colleagues on-site pose a problem for you?
No, I love it, and I am very passionate about my job.
How do you think we can get more women involved in on-site work and working directly on projects?
Looking past the cultural barriers, we need to start with ‘baby steps’. A week or two, shorter assignments, to make it more attractive. Explain that this will provide exposure and career opportunities like no other, and the thrill of seeing what you are designing in action.