Konecranes UK has written a new chapter in its history books having appointed its first female Field Service Technician in Natasha Cairns. Joining the ranks of the company’s 280-strong and growing nationwide team, Natasha is situated at Konecranes’ North East Service District in Gateshead.
Having already successfully completed Konecranes’ Techmasters 1 induction course at the company’s UK training headquarters in Castle Donington, 24-year old Natasha is in the process of undertaking further intensive hands-on product training prior to fulfilling her role in the field as a fully competent Service Technician.
A former apprentice operating in the field of electrical
maintenance within the fabrication and welding sector, Natasha is
not only qualified to BTech 2 and 3 in electronics at South West Durham Training, she also has a HNC and HND in Mechatronics to her name from Teeside University.
Commenting on Natasha’s appointment, Konecranes’ Director of Market Area – Europe West, Pat Campbell said: “We are obviously delighted to have Natasha on board in the North East and we are extremely confident that she will prove to be a popular and capable member of the 34-strong team of Field Service Technicians that look after a diverse range of customers in what is a strategically important part of the country.
“Whilst Natasha’s appointment marks a milestone in the history of Konecranes here in the UK, it reaffirms the company’s commitment to recruiting only the highest calibre engineers. Indeed as our product and service offering continues to develop, so too must the human resource that is dedicated to support it. Our team of Field Service Technicians is therefore only set to go from strength-to-strength, as we already have plans to bring on board more new members in 2015.
“As a leading employer in our field, we are keen to promote and support the recruitment of female engineers, whether qualified, or those possibly looking to embark on our established apprenticeship programme,” he added.
An enthusiastic Natasha states: “From a young age I always had a passion for electronics, so being able to work in this field for such a well known and globally recognised name as Konecranes is like a dream come true. The training that has been extended to me so far has been first class and I intend to work hard to develop my career within what is acknowledged as a very progressive and dynamic organisation. I am really excited putting things into practice on a day-to day basis, working with whole team associated with the North East Service District.”
Konecranes operates a team of some 280 technicians, which is the largest group of crane and lifting equipment service engineers of its kind in the UK. Anyone interested in exploring technician career opportunities with Konecranes should telephone: 01332 697700. www.konecranes.co.uk