Over the past 11 years Kimberly has essentially grown up with Bradken.
Taking us right back, Kimberly attributes her career trajectory to being influenced by her childhood. Growing up as a kid in rural New South Wales, Australia, accompanying her Builder dad to sites and learning the fundamentals of how and why things were built the way they were, sparked an interest in pursuing a career where she could apply practical skills to building things. Cue a career in Manufacturing as an Engineer.
In the simplest of terms, in a foundry we melt metal to pour into a mould that produces the casting (the product or part of a product). As an engineer Kimberly would be responsible for working with the operators to control and improve the process of produce the castings to a high quality in the most effective way using her knowledge of processes, chemistry and heat treatment.
“I wanted to do the work on the shopfloor as a way of deeply understanding the process so I could have the conversations as an engineer with a depth of practical knowledge of the environment and how the work is done. It was a request I made to my manager, explaining how I felt it would allow me to do my job better and I was fortunate to be supported to do so.”