Today, on International Women in Engineering Day 2023, we are celebrating the hard work and incredible achievements of female engineers around the world.
This day serves as a reminder of the remarkable contributions women have made and continue to make in the field of engineering. From breaking barriers to inspiring future generations, female engineers have been instrumental in shaping our modern world.
At Imrandd, we are lucky enough to have some incredible women working on the forefront of our technical and engineering capabilities. This International Women in Engineering Day, we asked some of the women working in technical roles to tell us a bit more about their experiences.
Amber Memon, Technical Assistant
What advice do you have for women looking to pursue a technical role?
“My advice for women pursuing a career in the engineering field would be to believe in your own abilities. Don’t be intimidated by those who seem to know more than you. Never be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something. It’s a great way to learn. Above all, stay positive. Use your voice where it matters and learn from failures. One other important thing is to speak up for yourself and other women.
Be patient and be yourself.
Soft skills are as important as technical skills. Time management, critical thinking, teamwork etc all matter. Your career plan must include improving soft skills.”
Isla Van Duivenbode, Senior Technical Assistant
Tell us about your career pathway. Did you always want to pursue a technical role?
“Initially when I left school, I enrolled to study Social Sciences but after completing my first year and gaining my HNC I felt that wasn’t the right route for me. After a discussion with relatives in technical roles I transferred on to the Architectural Technology course at university which enabled me to acquire the knowledge and skills to pursue a career within the energy sector. This route has helped me to progress to Senior Technical Assistant level within Imrandd.”
Shirley Robertson, Planning Supervisor
What did you want to be when you were at school and how did you fall into a technical role?
“The dream of being a geriatric nurse never quite happened! On leaving school I started a YTS for an insurance broker for a short time then onto the car industry for 10 years! Circumstances led me to Aberdeen where my 17 year (and counting!) career in engineering began and I haven’t looked back!
Working for Imrandd on the Apache contract is a far cry from geriatric nursing but I like to think it’s where I’m meant to be.”
Mei Ling Cheah, Senior Corrosion Engineer
What sparked your interest in engineering?
“What sparked my interest in engineering was my curiosity about how things work. I feel a sense of satisfaction from finding elegant solutions to complex problems.”
Angela Burnett, Technical Assistant
Describe your job as a Technical assistant at Imrandd. What does a typical day look like for you?
“A Technical Assistant’s role is very varied from administrative duties to assisting engineers, depending on the client requirements.
A typical day consists of creating various offshore inspection workpacks, generating line lists, wall thickness templates and using CAD to create isometrics from either construction drawings or P&ID’s.
After the surveys are complete post inspection results are recorded using client databases and drawings are updated accordingly.”
Leanne McIntyre, Assistant Engineer
What do you like the most about being an engineer?
“I love how creative my job as an Engineer is. It’s a dynamic, constantly evolving role and there is always a problem to be solved. For me it ticks all the boxes.”
Find out more about opportunities at Imrandd here.