Less than a year ago Nadiah joined the team at Bradken’s foundry in Merlimau, Malaysia as a Graduate Trainee, having just completed a Bachelor’s degree in Mineral Resources Engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia. As it is for many new graduates, crossing the threshold from student life into the realm of the working world has been a challenging time for her as she’s adapted to the intricacies of the fast-paced foundry environment. But her smile says it all – this bright and ambitious young professional is exactly where she wants to be and is ready to make her mark and carve out her path toward success in this new chapter of her life.
Currently working on the second departmental rotation of her graduate training program in the pattern shop of Bradken’s Merlimau foundry, learning to work with 3D pattern making software, Nadiah says her experience so far has been both challenging and exciting. “I’ve always wanted to join a graduate program that would allow me to work with a wide range of people with different specialties and Bradken’s program is exactly that. It’s a great opportunity for me to grow, both professionally and personally.”
Her first rotation was with the foundry’s aftercast department where she worked on a project focused on achieving process efficiency for swing grinding and shotblast activities. “We conducted a comprehensive cycle time study to analyse the time it takes to complete each step in the fettling process while classifying them as either value add or non-value add activities. This data-driven approach helped us pinpoint areas for improvement and identify waste in the processes.”
Nadiah’s advice for peers looking to take their first steps into a career in a graduate role is to “be teachable” and resilient. Most importantly, she says to remember that being wrong sometimes isn’t a bad thing. “My experience is that it’s better to try and be wrong than to not try at all. Growth and innovation requires us to experience and respect failure so don’t be discouraged by making a mistake, I look at it as an opportunity to learn. That way, we can improve for the better, one step at a time.”
For young women looking to take on non-traditional careers, particularly in Malaysia where the mining and manufacturing industries are heavily male dominated, she says to remember that “we [women] are far more than what people assume of us. We are smart, intuitive and determined and can do and be anything we set our minds to.”