Marques Pedro

Sponsored by: HCB

Studied: Electrical Engineering at Universiade Eduardo Mondlane

Based at: Nampula

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
Your preferred superpower
Your greatest fear:
Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
Beach house and an economical car
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I grew up in the village of Catandica with my mum and dad. We moved to Chimoio city when I was 7 years old. I have four brothers and three sisters. My dad is a merchant and my mum was a teacher.
What are your best memories from childhood?
My best memories from my childhood was making clay toys with my friends.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?

I think that the biggest challenges that industry faces at the moment is the belief that foreign workforces are the best, and the lack of support from companies for recent graduates.

Perhaps companies think that we do not study the same things that graduates in developed countries study. They do not trust that young people can be trained to work as well as, if not better than, older employees. It would save money, resources and time if companies started to rely on national talent.

Another challenge is that there are companies which do not have a culture of transferring knowledge from the oldest to the youngest. The oldest feel threatened and monopolize knowledge and it can be complicated for a new employee to develop and show his skills when he is not integrated in the company.

How would your colleagues describe you?
Persistent, Analytical, sometimes fun and meticulous.

“Engineering is a giant wheel, each rotation makes the world better.
I don’t want to just watch the wheel spin, I want to spin the wheel”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?

I would like to continue learning in my career and later take a leadership position. Later, I would like to do a Masters in instrumentation and industrial automation and an MBA, then would like to specialize in the field of computers networks and cyber-security.

I’m passionate about automation, since we are already entering in the industry 4.0, currently talking a lot about IoT, Big data and analytic, cloud computing, autonomous robots. Directly or indirectly we will be impacted. If we do not continue to update our knowledge, we will be left behind with the arrival of industry 4.0.

I like working in smaller team where you can see everyone committed, all putting their brains together to solve a certain problem.

What or who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is my father. I really admire my father, he has always supported me. He is good at maths; he taught me maths, he said that maths is the mother of everything.

I never lacked anything for me to be able to study and that gave us the ambition to dedicate ourselves to our studies. My brother and I studied engineering as we wanted our father to be proud of his efforts towards us one day.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
My best achievement is being in the Field Ready programme. I am proud to be one of the best qualified for the programme, where I hope to expand my skills in different areas such as HSE, Applied Personal Skills, auto mechanics, general mechanics and industrial electricity, because currently the employability market is about being dynamic; it requires a lot of professionals with multiple skills.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?

Engineering is something more than a course, it’s a complex and amazing world. I decided to study engineering because I didn’t want to be just a citizen, I wanted to be a problem solver that society faces every day.

I enjoy it when I put ideas into practice and see things working.

How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?
I would explain that engineering can open many doors and make your personality different, not only as an employee in the Power Generation, Oil and Gas, Manufacturing, Mining, Processing and Transformation industries, but also how you will deal with society, in the way of acting and thinking.