MEET CLARIS KINYA MUNG’ATIA – AN ELECTRICAL FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER AT TATU CITY
“I joined Dedan Kimathi University of Technology back when it was a constituent college of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology going by the name Kimathi University College of Technology ((KUCT). I had an option of alternative institutions of higher learning but my gut feeling very strongly directed me to KUCT and I must say I’m glad I followed that gut feeling; the quality of education I got from this institution leaves me with no doubt that I made the right decision. In addition, the serenity of the environment is unmatched.” – Claris Kinya Mung’atia
Speaking to Claris, you can tell that she is a proud alumna of Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). She graduated in the year 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE) and thanks to the exposure she had in terms of knowledge, the industry and skills, she says that her transition to the job market was smooth. She started working at M-Kopa Solar Kenya immediately after completing her undergraduate studies as an intern and was later employed by the firm.Currently, she is working at Tatu City Limited as an Electrical Field Service Engineer. “The approach to training at DeKUT was very informative; especially the practical sessions. I have encountered most software's we were exposed to in school in the job market and this has helped me big time”- she adds.
At M-kopa Solar Kenya, Claris was mostly involved in analyzing different electrical measurement devices that would cause losses thus contributing to increased conservation and utilization of energy. Her key interest is in Power Systems and Load Analysis; “In the distribution of power there are so many losses, with load analysis you understand the causes to the losses and solutions to the same”- explains Claris. Her last project at M-kopa Solar Kenya wasleading and supporting development of a Solar Fridge; one of the projects of the firm as the company continues to upgrade lives by making high-quality solutions affordable to everyone.This project has been a huge success; it has helped low income earns in different parts of Kenya enjoy the privileges of having valuable appliances, in this case the fridge, associated with rich people.
As an Electrical Field Service Engineer at Tatu City Limited, she is responsible of Load analysis, Load Sizing and Electrical designs and Installations. “The adequate training in power systems from my undergraduate has enabled me to see through different designs in Tatu City Power Reticulation; basis on Power analysis tools like Dig SILENT and Power Factory have been very helpful in my current job, gratitude to Roy Orenge (her Power Systems lecturer at DeKUT) for taking us through”- she acknowledges.
Having faced discouraging sentiments and opposition as she insisted on and set to pursue a career in engineering, here is what she says as her parting shot: “I would like to encourage students to believe in themselves as well as work smart. Everyone has their strengths, use that and it will take you places.” We celebrate you Claris and wish you the very best in your career, as well as all aspects of your life, as you continue identifying needs and using your wit and competence to provid solutions.