Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day – What an engineering career has to offer.

Ahead of International Women in Engineering Day this Saturday, Katy Bradshaw, Cristina Moreno, Marta Kostrzycka and Alana Crossan have given their perspectives on what an engineering career has to offer.

VINCI Energies is part of a global network, employing 69,400 people all over the world. We employ people of all nationalities and backgrounds, but one thing we all have in common is a passion for engineering.

Seeing a project come together. I’m involved in the initial design stages, and oversee the growth of a project right from its infancy. I recently got out to a major site and it’s amazing to see what my humble CAD drawings have developed! It’s a mammoth project and I’m so proud to have played a small part in making it happen. It brings the work I do to life, and it reinforces the meaningful work that I’m involved in.”This is how Alana Crossan, an AutoCAD Technician at Omexom, describes the best moments in her job.

Marta Kostrzycka, Structural Design Engineer at Kelvin Power, says similarly what she most enjoys is “when I see my structural designs come to life”.

But while this passion is shared by all of our contributors, their routes into engineering were extremely varied. Cristina Moreno, a Project Manager at Cougar Automation, wanted to be an engineer for as long as she can remember. She comments:

“I have always been really curious about how things work and I’m passionate about technology. I love everything related to computers, robots… I wanted to be able to understand and programme them myself!”

For Marta, pursuing a career in engineering flowed naturally out of her interest in maths and physics in high school, while Alana Crossan came to engineering after several years working as a building surveyor:

“When I started off as a building surveyor it allowed me to use my design flair to plan extensions and remodel houses and in my current role as an AutoCAD Technician, even though the drawings have to be electrically accurate, I’m still able to use my own ideas when creating the primary and secondary drawings.”

Katy Bradshaw, an Apprentice Electrician at Twyver, made the decision to pursue engineering after sixth form, commenting that it was her dad who pushed her to pursue engineering as a career.

Cristina felt that having more visible female role models in engineering could help to address the fact that, according to latest figures, just 11% of the engineering workforce are women. In Cristina’s view role models can play an important role in inspiring more women to pursue engineering careers:

“That’s why I found it very interesting to see the work that the Liverpool Girl Geeks are doing. They want to close the gender gap and inspire women in technology, creating positive interventions such as events, courses and workshops to inspire women and girls of all ages to take an interest in these subjects.”

For Marta, the focus should be on ensuring every student, regardless of gender, is made aware of the opportunities engineering offers. However, Katy, like Cristina, feels that there is a more specific need to dismantle gender stereotypes regarding engineering, commenting:

“When I was in school I was never encouraged to pursue an engineering career.”

Alana put it this way:

“I think it’s important that women recognise engineering as a fantastic potential career path. The opportunities in this industry are incredible. Engineering is still male dominated – but it’s no longer a ‘man’s world’, and this is a damaging mindset to fall into.”

As a global network, VINCI Energies is proud to celebrate the wonderful work that women from all across our brands are doing. We are also committed to raising the number of people taking STEM subjects and promoting engineering careers to all.

 

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