The driver of the bridge crane of the fifth category of the anode section of the copper smelting shop of the BMZ LLP "Kazakhmys Smelting" Ainura Utepova has been associated with this difficult, but fascinating, profession for 15 years.
— Then we opened a new enterprise — a zinc plant. After graduating from a secondary special educational institution, I came to work in production with the crust of a crane operator. Then, when the company suspended, in 2009, I transferred to the anode section of the copper smelting shop. I got into the third shift, where I work to the present time. If earlier I worked with loose material at the zinc plant, here I worked with solid material, anodes. There are five shifts on our site, and in each shift there are four crane operators — three on the bridge and one on the caricature crane," - says Ainura Utepova.
Regardless of the design and type of crane, the driver's task is to lift, move, load and unload a variety of loads. And for Ainura, this is the capture of anodes from the anode-removing bath and loading them into trolleys, which then hold the way to the electrolyte shop.
Ainur Utepova still remembers her first professional experience as a crane operator with strong emotions. Over the past 15 years, the feeling of fear and responsibility for the cargo, for yourself, and for the people below has not faded. From the height of a five-story building, it was difficult to navigate in space, and the swaying weight on the slings simultaneously made it scary and forced you to concentrate your attention and self-control. There was no panic, Ainura admits, there was a huge desire to keep the load in balance. And she did it: restraint, precision and restraint became her constant companions both in production and in life.
Watching how deftly Ainura Utepova "conducts" the process, with the confidence of a virtuoso pianist, presses the necessary buttons of the remote control, I once again became convinced: the profession of a crane operator is not just necessary to know — it must be loved. Otherwise, how to explain that with all the reorganizations of production, she and her friends in the shop remain faithful to their cause.
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