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  • ABDURRAHMAN KARSLI – Erne Fittings


    Head of technology and engineering in Schlins and plant manager for Saudi Arabia – with Erne Fittings since 2003

    Abdurrahman Karsli’s career has seen him climb rapidly through the ranks. Having completed a dual apprenticeship as a steel worker and engineering draughtsperson, he initially started work as a metal worker in the heat treatment section. Today he is head of technology and engineering in Schlins and plant manager for Saudi Arabia.

    When you started your apprenticeship, did you ever imagine you’d be in the position you’re in today?

    I joined Erne Fittings when I was 21. I didn’t have any clear ambitions at that stage, but I was always very determined and at Erne I had the chance to prove myself. My skills were recognised early on and I was well supported. Thanks to Erne, I have continued my professional development over the last 18 years and I am currently completing a masters at the

    Danube University Krems alongside my work.

    What have been the key milestones in your career at Erne?

    There have been a few! Without doubt, the biggest milestone to date was the expansion of production in Saudi Arabia with around 30 new machines and 60 employees.
    After five years, I was really proud to pass the job over to my successor and take up the position as plant manager in Schlins. The launch of a new product, such as the recent R=3D 42″, is also always a highlight.

    What advice would you give to younger staff just starting their careers at Erne Fittings?

    Erne is very supportive of employees who are ambitious and work hard. You need to be willing to take on responsibility.

    What is the most exciting part of your job?

    I really enjoy working with people and machinery, so it’s exciting and challenging to have the opportunity to develop my skills in both areas. There are always places where you can make improvements. We also have a great team who are really good fun to work with.

    In 2019 we expanded the production programme at EFME. How involved were you in this project?

    I was a member of the project team and had the opportunity to share my experience and support the team onsite. The relocation of the equipment was an absolute triumph thanks to the outstanding team effort. 

    You worked in Saudi Arabia for five years. What was your role out there?

    Initially I was responsible for production and maintenance, and had a key role in liaising between Schlins and Saudi Arabia. After three years, I took on additional responsibilities when I was promoted to Vice-President for Operations.

    Would you like to take on another longterm role abroad?

    My time in Saudi Arabia was a great experience thanks to the fantastic support from my wife. However, I’m now also a father of two boys and a newborn baby. I still spend a week each month in Saudi Arabia overseeing the plant in Jubail. Right now, that’s enough for me.

    Many thanks for your time!

    Erne News V04 – 2020