If men can do it, so can she.
That must be the guiding philosophy of Janet Wong Ching, who at 25 became Hong Kong’s first female crane controller.
Bespectacled and petite at 158 cm in height, Wong won’t strike people as someone performing a job that is usually reserved for men.
But she’s highly qualified for the position. A logistics management graduate from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Wong completed an eight-week training, passed the exams and got a job at Hongkong International Terminals Ltd. (HIT) in 2012.
Soon after, a workers’ strike hit the container terminal and she decided to apply for the job of a crane controller, a key position that involves operating a highly sophisticated machine to move and arrange the box containers at the port.
The experience taught her the importance of communications with frontline staff and how to manage fatigue and stress at work, Wong tells the Hong Kong Economic Journal.
Wong is now a duty officer for parking slots planning, fixing parking schedules and assigning parking space at the office.
HIT currently has 1,049 crane controllers with about 30 to 40 vacancies, excluding the outsourced positions.
Last year the company hosted seven interns, and is now training three females and one male in the remote operation of cranes.
This article appeared in the Hong Kong Economic Journal on March 9. [Chinese version中文版]
Translation by Vey Wong
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