Job advancement the highlight at GFG steelworks
Damayanti Lenka is a shining example and a leading light when it comes to career development in the steel industry.
Coming to Australia from India 16 years ago with a background in Electrical Engineering, Damayanti has found a wealth of opportunities outside of her vocation at the steelworks in Whyalla. All the while she has also drawn on her qualifications and experience to assist in her various roles as she continues to develop her career at the LIBERTY Primary Steel operation in South Australia.
Damayanti started at the steelworks with the Training Department as a Trainer (Workforce Development Advisor) where she worked for three years. Gaining a good understanding of the operations and utilising her qualifications as an Electrical Engineer, Damayanti then moved to the Capital Projects department as a Project Manager.
“I love interacting with people so starting with the Training department was a good grounding for me,” Damayanti said.
“I also like getting things done so moving into the Capital Projects department was a good move for me.”
Damayanti has now progressed to a Team Leader role in the Capital Projects department where she gets to engage with even more people in and outside the business including her own team.
“There is nothing better than handing over a finished project to the owner department and making sure all the equipment, systems and procedures work for them,” Damayanti said.
“My background (Electrical Engineering and as a Trainer/Assessor) helps with the wider streams when we hand over a project,”
“I am able to associate with the different roles and tasks involved in the workplace and how they are incorporated into the projects we present.”
Damayanti says she has enjoyed every moment of her career at the LIBERTY Primary Steel operation and has actively worked on-site and in the community to encourage others to forge a career at the Steelworks.