The man who loves elec­tric­ity

Oman Daily Observer - - INSIDEOMAN -

of his pale blue shirt he has a pen­cil, a pen, a tester and a small note­book. Most of the time in his right hand he has an alu­minium lad­der.

He could have opted for a brief­case that way it would be eas­ier for him to carry his things around but for an elec­tri­cian like Khamis al Shaqsi, ev­ery­thing must be prac­ti­cal.

What makes Khamis ex­tra­or­di­nary is his pas­sion for his work and how he did not al­low his phys­i­cal chal­lenge to de­ter him from do­ing an ex­em­plary job. Al­though he has a prob­lem with walk­ing, with­out hes­i­ta­tion, he can climb a lad­der to change elec­tric bulbs or go un­der a ta­ble to check out the com­puter con­nec­tions.

He was two years old when he had to go through two surg­eries that hope­fully would fix his walk­ing prob­lem. It en­abled him to walk but he and his fam­ily wanted to know if the sit­u­a­tion could be made bet­ter. A check-up with an in­ter­na­tional ex­pert, how­ever, brought sad news as he was told that it was a bit too late.

Not let­ting his phys­i­cal chal­lenge to de­ter him, Khamis lived his life find­ing the pos­i­tive at­ti­tude.

As a young­ster too, Khamis was ea­ger to vol­un­teer to clean the mosque if the cleaner was ab­sent or any other work that came up in his home­town Haleth Khal­ifa in Bahla. It was when he was 15 years old when he had the first in­ter­ac­tion with elec­tric­ity.

He al­ways en­joyed help­ing around elec­tri­cal work but that day, it was the cof­fee grinder that was hav­ing trou­ble. While un­plug­ging it from the socket, he ex­pe­ri­enced for the first time an elec­tric shock.

“I felt like some­one was hold­ing my hand,” Khamis said. That very minute he had the urge, “From then on I felt I should work in the elec­tri­cal field.”

“If I see any risk or a fear el­e­ment then I want to chal­lenge it. I am ad­dicted to this work es­pe­cially wiring. I sup­pose I like solv­ing prob­lems,” he re­flected.

Elec­tric­ity – some­thing you can­not see but helps you see. Ask Khamis what elec­tric­ity means to him and he says, “En­ergy.”

He stud­ied at the Vo­ca­tional Train­ing Cen­tre in Ibri, orig­i­nally, it was me­chan­ics that he wanted to take up but the in­struc­tors felt his phys­i­cal chal­lenge might be a con­cern and guided him to elec­tri­cal ma­jor. He worked in three com­pa­nies in the pri­vate sec­tor be­fore join­ing the govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion he is em­ployed cur­rently. The work ex­pe­ri­ence gave him an in­sight into air-con­di­tion­ing, plumb­ing wiring and other elec­tri­cal works.

His fa­ther has been the in­spi­ra­tion for him. When it comes to work­ing he said, “It is my pas­sion and it is also a hobby.” In fact, his fam­ily and friends in his home­town rather wait un­til Khamis re­turns home for the week­end. The tester in his pocket goes with him wher­ever he goes.

As for the phys­i­cal chal­lenge he might have been moved away from me­chan­ics but with elec­tric cars, it might be just what Khamis has been look­ing for. “I am wait­ing to drive elec­tric cars. Presently he drives a man­ual car. And has a bike. But what he en­joys the most is walk­ing. “I walked with my brother from Hum­riya to Ruwi to Wadi Kabir and on to Mut­trah and then to Qu­rum and back to Wat­tayah to re­turn to Hum­riya,” said Khamis.

He added, “It is all about liv­ing good.”

And his dream? “I want to work with high volt­age pro­jects.”

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