Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2020

Posted by admin / 23.06.2020 / Latest News

At City, we are proud to support International Women in Engineering Day 2020 (23 June). We are celebrating the good things women engineers do, while aiming to help to raise the profile of women engineers and encourage more people to consider engineering as a profession for all.

While many areas of engineering continue to be very male-dominated in terms of the workforce a number of our colleagues are putting their own stamp on the industry. We asked a couple of these colleagues for their insights.

“I was attracted to a career in engineering as I knew that I didn’t want to follow the traditional route of many young girls, going to university or working in an office based job. I was attracted to the role as it was a hands on job in which I knew I would face a lot of situations where I would need to solve problems on a daily basis. At school I enjoyed technology and science subjects which boosted me towards an engineering career but, with little advice from my school, I had to do all my research myself.

City has helped me develop my skills by placing me out in the field with a senior refrigeration engineer. This has helped massively as I am able to watch an experienced engineer at work, and am then able to try to complete jobs myself. City have also sent me on a college course where I learn about all aspects of my job and am also taught the basic foundations so my knowledge base is constantly building. When I compare myself to where I was two and half years ago, my knowledge and confidence in working within refrigeration has grown massively with the help of my engineer, supervisor, and college course. Working at City has been a great experience so far and hopefully I can continue to learn and progress as I have been for the past few years.

The advice I would give to women considering this kind of career is to go for it, as it could be one of the best things you could do and you could enjoy it more than you know! Just because it is male dominated doesn’t mean that women cannot go into these types of careers; as the years go on, more women are going into engineering roles which is a great thing to see.”

– Molly, refrigeration apprentice

“What initially attracted me to my current career path was that it was totally something different to anything I’ve ever done before. I much prefer practical work and I like to be doing things and seeing results first hand instead of being in an office where I worked before. I also appreciate how different everyday it – same equipment daily but never a same job daily, so it’s challenging and motivating which I like because you don’t know what you’re going to face next. I take pride in being one of the few females working in the field, and can hopefully help to challenge the traditionally male dominated discipline.

Having previously been a City colleague in head office, I had so many people behind me supporting my decision to move out to the field. My manager Tony has given me great support and keeps up to date with me, checking in every so often to make sure everything is going okay. I have an engineer I’m with every day that gives constant support while on the job. The lecturers at college are a great help as well.

My experience so far has been great, I really can’t fault it, except the freezing cold days working on roofs! Everyone I work with out on the field were the guys I looked after when I ran the North Team in head office, so I already had a foot in the door with most of them, and it’s good to put faces to names and gain friends. I was quite worried because it is mostly males that work this contract and I was anxious that people would be funny around me because I’m a female, but everyone has been so welcoming and helpful, and it’s actually a good laugh working with the guys everyday.

Advice I would give to other females wanting to undertake a similar career path is to just do it. Life is too short to worry about what other people will think. You need to think of yourself and your future. I’m motivated by people that say ‘oh, that’s not a job for a girl’ as it makes me want to prove that I’m as capable as anyone. I took a jump and changed my career massively and it’s something I couldn’t imagine not doing now. You never know if you like something unless you try it.”

– Hayley, HVAC apprentice