Interviewee ID: 990113
Parent's name: Damdinsüren
Year of Birth: 1942
Notes on education:
Work: engineer, retired
Born in: Bayan-Uul sum, Govi-Altai aimag
Lives in: Nalaih sum (or part of UB), Ulaanbaatar aimag
Mother's profession: trade worker
Father's profession: herder
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Summary of Interview 090205A with Baldorj
Baldorj was born in 1942 in Bayan Uul sum in Gobi-Altai aimag. He was Damdinsüren's eldest son. His childhood was spent studying in elementary and secondary school. Graduating from the Vocational School of Telecommunications in 1960, he arrived as a senior technician at the Telecommunication Office of Bayanhongor aimag. He worked there for 2-3 years, and received a call to study at university, and then went to Ulaanbaatar. But he could not study in university due to his family’s demands and circumstances. He started working as a head for the mining communication office at the Nalaih mine in 1963. Meanwhile, he became a miner, because he wanted to become one. Completing his study in mining, he held a position called norm organizer in the mining salary sector for 2 years. During that time, the Nalaih coal industry was extended and increased its capacity, and transformed to Nalaih mine. This mine was the first hearth, in other words, the only center that supplied fuel, electricity, and warmth to the capital city, Ulaanbaatar.
A big section that was called the united repair-shop, a main point of all work in mining, was established and Baldorj was appointed as director there. It began with 40 Soviet professionals and over 200 Mongolian workers. Baldorj worked there for 6 years and then went to study in the Karaganda Institute in what is now Kazakhstan that trained mining directors. Moreover, he went many times to take refresher or follow-up courses in several mines in the Soviet Union, Poland, and Germany. After that he became a vice director for industry at the mine and retired in 1990 when democratic revolution occurred. After retiring he was invited to meet Jigjid who was a State-Honored worker of industry and Minister of Fuel and Electricity at that time and was asked to help to set up a surface mine in Arhangai aimag because only two aimags did not have coal mining, namely, Zavhan and Arhangai. Then he went to Arhangai together with 30 skilled and knowledgeable people, worked for 3 years and opened the Arhangai mine in Ih Tamir sum.