Interview with Marta Kostrzycka, Structural Design Engineer at Kelvin Power
- What is your job title? How long have you been in that role?
Structural Design Engineer with Kelvin Power. I joined Kelvin Power 2 years ago as a graduate Engineer.
- In a paragraph, what does your job involve?
My job involves taking into account all the possible factors that might possibly influence the design of building structures or substation support structures. In order to make that happen I need to have knowledge in various disciplines such as structural engineering, civil engineering and electrical engineering. With regard to electrical engineering, I work collaboratively with my colleagues who provide support and have helped me develop the necessary skills in my career.
- What is your favourite part of your job?
I find it really rewarding when I see my structural designs come to life, I also enjoy working closely with my colleagues as this always leads to better ideas.
- What did you study? Where? How did you start your career?
I studied a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering degree and a Structural Engineering Masters at Wrocław University of Technology in Poland. I was also part of an exchange programme where I studied at Queen’s University Belfast, which I believe helped widen my horizon and gave me more of an international perspective.
I started my career as an intern at a construction site during my Bachelor’s degree, shortly after I started working in a design office. I feel as though my previous experience at the construction site gave me valuable insight into how designs are developed.
- When did you decide you wanted to become an engineer?
During my high school years, I always had a passion for maths and physics, so it came naturally to me to pursue a career in engineering.
- There are many different types of engineer. Are women well represented across these different engineering skillsets?
The engineering sector is changing, now more than ever before we have an increasing number of women working within the industry. I also look forward to meeting other female engineers, as it is encouraging to see us being well represented.