Qualitea with Mr. Solomon Rukundo, Head of Temperature Laboratory at the National Metrology Lab

Joselyn B. Mwine sits down with Mr. Rukundo to chat about his work at the National Metrology Lab and how he feels that stakeholders can appreciate the importance of calibration.

Solomon, please share with our readers when you joined UNBS and what you are responsible for in the NML department

Mr. Rukundo: I began working at UNBS in 2011 as a trainee for National Metrology Laboratories (NML), and I am now a METROLOGIST. Metrology is a science-based measurement profession. Metrology can also be defined as determining the accuracy of a measuring device such as thermometers, multimeters, balances, and many more. My main responsibility is maintaining a National standard and calibrating measuring equipment.

What type of stakeholders does your lab support?

Mr. Rukundo: We have a number of stakeholders  but I could name a few, they are; food processing industry, steel manufacturing, research institutes, fish industry, petroleum industry, aviation sector, among others

What do you like most about working with UNBS?

Mr. Rukundo: Well, to be honest, it’s mostly my work because of the uniqueness in its execution.  We mainly assist clients in making decisions regarding their equipment.  It’s so satisfying that at the end of the day, a customer actually acknowledges the work and role of metrology. As you maybe aware, not many people know what calibration of equipment is however the law requires that anyone involved in using measuring equipment must have them calibrated to ensure accurate measurement. That’s probably what I’d say I enjoy the most.

What do the clients you serve say about the services offered by UNBS and how would they want UNBS to support them better?

Mr. Rukundo: To be honest, we aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. This is because UNBS does a lot of enforcement work out there, so one wouldn’t expect clients to have the best of feedback, however, in terms of supporting industrialisation, many stakeholders that have benefited from embracing standardisation have good things to say and maybe some advice on how to improve on service delivery.  In terms of how to better support them, the focus should be on making services more accessible, as having all UNBS services in one place may be difficult for some.

 What would you like to see changed in UNBS?

Mr. Rukundo: I’d like to see a number of things change, but most significantly, I’d like to see a shift in perspective at UNBS that creates a better working atmosphere and leads to growth. It is not predetermined that UNBS will be the last stop on one’s career path, but it is likely to be the first. We can coexist and make this a far better environment than it was yesterday if we keep in mind that everyone has a role to play in uplifting the other. “Once your mindset changes, everything on the outside will change with it,” a wise man once stated.

What do you enjoy doing outside of work in terms of sports, and other extra-curricular activities?

Mr. Rukundo: Oh, this is one of my favourites. I appreciate soccer not only as a spectator sport but also as a recreational sport (though it can get a little competitive at times). I am a Liverpool fan and enjoy meeting friends and hanging out with them, not to mention swimming.

Thank you so much for your time Solomon and we appreciate the work that you do and wish you well in your work and personal life.