Some female engineers from the Bath area have told us about their experiences of work and study. They all say they are enjoying the variety of work they do, how they need to be good at problem solving but also have to be creative and how good teamworking is essential.
As an engineer, you could find yourself designing a bridge, making an important safety device that keeps an aeroplane flying, or even helping to plan and set up a system to get fresh water to a remote village in the Third World.
"Engineering is a very fulfilling career; there is nothing more satisfying than creating something that does something! You can see how much of a difference your work makes."
Females are still in the minority, but that can sometimes be an advantage:
"It’s good to challenge the misconception that boys are better at engineering. Girls are often in a minority on an engineering course, so it is easier to stand out and bring something different to the group work. This also applies when trying to get a job".
Take a look at what these women have told us:
- Lillie Burton studying Product Design at Loughborough University
- Nicola Evans, Project Engineer, Wessex Water
- Becky Hayward, People Flow Consultant, Buro Happold
- Katherine Morgan studying Civil Engineering at the University of Southampton
- Shelley Pike, Systems Sales Manager, Rotork Controls.
- Brigid Taylor, Environmental Consultant, Buro Happold
- Katie Trout – Digital Engineer, Laing O’Rourke
- Nilani Venn, Engineering Consultant, Buro Happold
- Emma Walker Technical Engineering Apprentice in the Mechanical Engineering Dept. of the University of Bath
Acknowledgement: The Female Engineers project was an Education and Training Foundation funded programme supported by Myscience.