What do you do?
I am the founder and Managing Director of an Engineering Design Consultancy company called Techwuman Ltd. The company offers support for a variety of Engineering solutions and specialises in the design and specification of products in compliance with relevant security standards. I use design software such as AutoCAD and SolidWorks to produce documentation to specify and design products which are within the design and size parameters set out in the security standards. I also organise events and activities to promote Women in Engineering through Techwuman. We offer advice, guidance and information about the types of careers available in STEM industries and encourage students to take up STEM subjects by running activities in primary schools and holding events for students from high school up to undergraduates.
Why did you choose this field?
I travelled around the world from a very young age and have also valued such influences as my grandad being an engineer and my father having spent 25 years of his working life in the aviation industry. This created my passion for aviation, adventures, and fixing things. I wanted a job where I could apply my passion for problem solving, mathematics, and my creative flair and design. Really there was only one obvious solution looking back – Engineering!
What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?
I started my engineering career with a BEng Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. This included an industrial placement year at Technocover, a Mechanical Engineering company who are specialists in the security industry. Thereafter, I successfully completed a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Technocover & the University of Salford, revolutionising the design process of their security products to make it more efficient. Whilst completing the KTP, I also achieved a Masters by Research (MSc) in Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering, a CMI Level 5 Award in Management, Lean Six Sigma Yellow & Green Belts and became an Incorporated Engineer affiliated with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers. I now have my own Engineering consultancy company and I am able to promote a range of STEM careers and encourage more females to consider engineering as a career choice through STEM events and Activity days.
Why do you love working in STEM?
I love delivering STEM activity days and talks because it makes me see first-hand the impact on students – how excited they are about potential career prospects in a STEM industry, which is very rewarding.
Best advice for next generation?
Don’t think that the engineering world is only for men! There have been female engineers for over 100 years. The engineering field has a variety of interesting roles to suit different skills and preferences including roles within design and R&D (Research and Development). It is really rewarding to see your design materialise into a finished product.
There are many career paths available nowadays to suit all types of learning - Apprenticeships, full-time jobs, part-time degrees, HNC’s, and foundation degree courses are all on offer. Aim to secure work experience and volunteering opportunities from the start of your career (even while studying) – it will improve your skill set and you can graduate with lots of added experience not every student has. It will also allow you to explore different career opportunities to see which ones you enjoy the most and where you would like your career to go after graduating.
Inspo quote / fun fact / role model
My favourite website is Trello.