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Delicate hands create a future with heavy machines

The four women have completed their training as machine operators at Yrkesakademin in Höör. One of them has already found a job. Now they can operate almost all of the heavy machines. They find the work both exciting and unusual.
Höör • Publicerad 22 maj 2019
Doinlita Mocanu and Temi J Poulsen think they have chosen the right job job, to be machine operators.
Doinlita Mocanu and Temi J Poulsen think they have chosen the right job job, to be machine operators.Foto: Sofyan Aswad

In September 2018 Kb Mosaik wrote about the four women, pioneers in the male-dominated training to become machine operators. At that time they were just beginning their training, which was combined with Sfi-studies.

Now Rosa Gonzalez has found a job. Rachida Ibrane has also finished her training. Temi J Poulsen and Doinlita Mocanu have almost finished their oral tests at level D, and then they will be ready too. Now they are trying hard to find jobs.

Temi and Doinlita are able to operate heavy machines now, they have completed a period of practice in a firm in Malmö.

– It was difficult and scary. But I soon got over my fear, and I found the job very interesting. Today I can honestly say that I’m able to operate almost all of the heavy machines, says Temi, mother of two daughters.

The four women emphasise that they can do the job just as well as any man.

– When I started my practice period my male colleagues didn’t think I’d stay the course, but I showed them that I could, Temi says.

Doinlita has previously worked as a cleaner. ”You don’t need strong muscles, there are techniques here that women can easily manage – all they need to do is dare”, she says.
Doinlita has previously worked as a cleaner. ”You don’t need strong muscles, there are techniques here that women can easily manage – all they need to do is dare”, she says.Foto: Sofyan Aswad

Doinlita Mocanu says:

– I managed jobs with asphalt, concrete,stones, sorting and earth. I drove wheel loaders, excavators and trucks. At the place where I did my practice I was the only woman, but everyone spoke to me.

Doinlita found the Skåne dialect quite a challenge in the first week of her practice, but she soon got used to it.

Now, at the end of your training, do you thik that women should work as machine opeators?

– The training got easier as time went on, and I enjoyed it. You don’t need strong muscles, in this branch there are techniques that women can easily manage – all they have to do is dare, says Doinlita.

Lena Forsfält, who teaches Swedish, says:

– It was a a very good idea to combine language and vocational training. We adapt the language to suit what they need in order to be competent in their jobs. It really is an exciting experience.

Temi J Poulsen and Doinlita Mocanu are ready to start working as machine operators.
Temi J Poulsen and Doinlita Mocanu are ready to start working as machine operators.Foto: Sofyan Aswad
Temi J Poulsen and Doinlita Mocanu have had a boost to their self-confidence. Now they care able to manoeuvre heavy machines.
Temi J Poulsen and Doinlita Mocanu have had a boost to their self-confidence. Now they care able to manoeuvre heavy machines.Foto: Sofyan Aswad
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