Thusitha de Alwis
Group Leader Engineering
at Doka - Die Schalungstechniker
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“My job is very challenging, sometimes it’s very quiet and sometimes a lot of activities happen.” Because of the fact that Australia’s buildings are quite complex, Thusitha de Alwis, Group Leader Engineering at Doka - Die Schalungstechniker, has to meet high demands. His main task is to do the coordination between his team of engineers, the group leaders and the main office. He is involved in major decisions regarding recruitment and their products. “You need technical skills, but you also need to teach your employees patiently and let them grow.”


Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?

I am Thusitha de Alwis, Group leader and Senior Product Engineer for Doka Australia.

Worum geht es in Deinem Job?

Doka is an international company and is a big player in the formwork industry. If I explained you what formwork is, the simple meaning of formwork the shuttering system. Which you use to build a building. In a building the structure components, the wall and slap, that’s the main two components you have. Mainly what I have to do is as the head of this group leader, there are three other branches we have. They have their own group leaders who will take care of their own jobs, but when it come that, that the capacities are not enough to take care of the certain jobs, those jobs will come the head of its branch. So what we do is, I have a group of engineers working with me, so we will take care of these jobs. If we don’t have capacity is the coordination of head office, which is Australia, will do it for us. So my role is to coordinate with the group leaders and my engineers and the head office. So that is the main part of my job. As senior person in the company I need to be involved with certain decision makings with the management. Especially when it comes a product what sort of product we need to bring to Australia and how we develop. That is products prospective. Then when we are getting new engineers and new people into the company itself. I play a part in certain decision making processes as well. A part of my group leader position, I’m activity involved in that sort of aspects as well.

Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?

Actually I was born in Sri Lanka. Then I passed out from my university in 2002 as a civil engineer. Then I started my career initially as a war supply engineer, but that was no formwork related activity. I moved to Singapore in 2006 I started my career as a formwork design engineer. Then in that particular company I was also promoted as a design manager, I got my permanent residency in Australia. I came join Doka in 2011 and initially started Doka Australia as a formwork design engineer then I was promoted to senior product engineering 2013. Now I’m working as a group leader for Doka Australia.

Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?

Yeah, I believe yes. The person with correct attitude and correct skills and the motivation as well obviously the one can do the job what I’m currently doing. And the thing is you need to have a sort of background of engineering, it will obviously help you to coop that of situation. Other you have the technical skills you have, you really need to have lot of soft skills. Because you are working as a group leader, there are lot of young engineer with you. So the thing is, you dealing with young engineers sometimes, these engineers just passed out from university. You need to going to their ages. What you did really that is how you handled these situations so, because they are interests my be not exactly similars to their interest, you need to be friendly obviously. You need to teach them in a slow way. What I mean slow way, by step by step. You need to let them grow. It’s the most important thing I think because I’m really enjoy seeing them grow. So that is I think most important.

Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?

Coolest part of my job, that it is not the same every day. It is a very changing job and challenging job as well. Sometimes it is very quiet and sometimes it is not, there are a lot of activities happening. The good thing is, that the projects we are getting are always different. Because Australia is a very very high demanding country and buildings are so complex and demand from the client is massively high. So the thing is day-to-day we are getting different different sort of challenging projects so I allowed doing different things rather than boring everyday. So that is what I love the most.

Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?

My limitation is, Australia as a country is very very challenging. I have been in a lot of other countries where I work before. When you come to Australia it is primarily very documentation related country. Whatever you do you need to have documentation ready. You can not do things with your common sense. So that is the biggest challenge I have. I have done lot of stuff before in my previous careers with the common sense and experiences what I had. But when it comes to Australia, it is a different story. So that’s the biggest challenge we are facing at the moment.

Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!

The first thing is I think it’s very important as a kid, to challenge yourself. You are still young and the thing is you don’t have to worry about it, because it is how you grow. The second thing is if you need help, you need to ask for help. It is important because sometimes the youngsters are very shy or afraid of asking questions. If you really feel you don’t know this one, you need to definitely ask. Third one is, it might be crazy but you don’t want to follow the exact protocol, because sometimes new ideas would have much vision, compare to the old ideas. So new ideas you have, go for it, it’s all I can say.

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