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A transmission engineer's day is never boring as the variety of tasks in this field include conducting tests and measurements, analysing results and drafting recommendations, generating documents and reports and sharing innovative ideas on products and technology.
"Engineering is a broad field. Almost everything around us consists of some engineering process. I wanted to be part of an environment that has a huge impact on people's daily lives," Antoinette Da Silva said. "Currently, most of the work I do relates to a new technology that will be introduced soon to the market," she said , a transmission engineer at MultiChoice.
Da Silva studied for a degree in electrical engineering, which she completed in five years. She then joined Multichoice as an intern. She was responsible for the transmission, filtering and analysis of measured data using MS Excel.
Her typical day starts at about 7:30am and ends anytime after 5pm, depending on the amount of work.
"I spend most of my time out of the office, on the road doing network measurements or site visits," she said.
"The industry is fairly new to me. There has been a lot for me to learn so that has been the most daunting challenge that I've encountered. I've just tried to read and do as much research as possible."
It is also challenging to work in a male-dominated profession, but she has managed to overcome this.
"The engineering environment is still definitely male-dominated and so too is the academic environment. I've become quite used to this fact. I've been very fortunate because here at MultiChoice we all respect each other and this is not based on the sexual orientation but rather on what value you bring to the company. The situation will definitely change with time as more females enter the engineering environment," she said.
To keep herself updated, Da Silva subscribes to various industry publications such as Broadcast Engineering.
The broadcasting industry, especially in Africa, has a lot of growth potential.