Toechukwu Udegbue

Maintenance Engineer, Dow

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Pursuing a career in STEM can be challenging and the need for a solid background and hard work can never be overemphasized.

What do you do?

The main objectives of this role are to ensure compliance with industry standards of safe practices and to manage the integrity of all fixed equipment. It includes documenting and tracking all plant fixed equipment, managing an inspection program and developing plans to repair failures after they occur.

Why did you choose this field?

Growing up, I watched my father work several roles within the petrochemical industry. As I continued to grow, my parents noticed that I did well in math and science courses and began to encourage me to consider pursuing engineering as a career. However, it wasn't until my junior year of high-school when I was exposed to career options/ job functions that I sincerely began to picture myself going down that path. I soon began pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering. As a soon- to- be mechanical engineering graduate, I wanted to work in an industry that provided hands- on access to large mechanical equipment and how they are used to create products. This helped me select my present role which I believe has done that sufficiently.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I was extremely blessed to have been surrounded by high achieving individuals including some outstanding women. This shaped my perspective of the world and my belief in endless possibilities. So far, most of my achievements have been goals that I knew were attainable.

Why do you love working in STEM?

My favorite thing about my job and the STEM field is the endless learning. As we work with equipment daily, we discover new things about their properties and new ways of doing things more efficiently.

Best advice for next generation?

I believe that it is important for young girls in STEM to network with other girls who share their passion and to find good mentors who they can network with. Pursuing a career in STEM can be challenging and the need for a solid background and hard work can never be overemphasized.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"There is no limit to what we as women can achieve" - Michelle Obama

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