International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the Social, Economic, Cultural and Political achievements of women.

Within the Engineering industry, women are still very much an untapped resource with only 25% of those working in Ireland’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) industries being women.  As an equal opportunities employer, E+I Engineering are passionate about stamping out stereotypes that lead to gender inequality within our industry.

This year we are celebrating International Women’s Day by supporting #BalanceForBetter campaign, giving recognition to our talented female workforce and highlighting their contributions to the industry.

 

Catherine Guns, Mechanical Engineer

What attracted you to a career in Engineering?

At school I enjoyed subjects such as Math and Technology, which I went on to study at A-Level. This naturally then led me to apply for a degree in Engineering.

Explain your job role. What do you like most about it?

I work in the Sheet Metal Department at E+I Engineering as a Mechanical Engineer. My main role is to design new metal work required for specific projects as well as carrying out day to day engineering tasks. I design, tool, manufacture, approve and set up new parts. I enjoy my job because its challenging and every day is different.

Why do you think gender equality is important in the workplace?

I think gender equality is important as it brings both diversity and talent into the work place.

 

Emma Morrison, Research & Development Engineer

What attracted you to a career in Engineering?

Having studied technology and design at A Level I became increasingly interested in the design process; from concepts and 3D modelling to building prototypes and manufacturing. From that I decided to study Product Design Engineering at Queen’s University, Belfast where my skills and interests grew which led me to a career at E&I Engineering.

Explain your job role. What do you like most about it?

As a Research & Development Engineer, my role relates to the design of new products and development of existing product lines involving cost reduction and continuous design improvements. This includes mechanical design using 3D CAD and providing engineering documentation for new products. I enjoy solving issues that arise during the design process and working on the development of new products.

Why do you think gender equality is important in the workplace?

I think it’s important that men and women are given the same opportunities in the workplace because it creates a diverse team of people with varied perspectives which increases performance and drives the business forward. E&I Engineering have created a diverse environment with equal opportunities for everyone.

 

Saoirse Nash, Mechanical Engineer

What attracted you to a career in Engineering?

I chose to become an engineer because I always enjoyed Maths and Science. It is the field in which problems are solved and where ideas come to life, which I find most interesting.

Explain your job role. What do you like most about it?

I work in the Sheet Metal Department as a Mechanical Engineer. My role is to help design Tap Off Boxes and ready these designs for manufacture. I enjoy using Solidworks every day to design.

Why do you think gender equality is important in the workplace?

Gender equality is very important in the workplace because it brings in new talents and perspective. It also could help to inspire young people if they see someone like them already doing the job, and they could go on to pursue a career in this field.

 

Emily Crawley, Placement Engineer

What attracted you to a career in Engineering?

At a young age, I’ve always been hands on and liked the idea of building and creating new things. In secondary school, I studied ‘Technology and Design’ at GCSE and A-Level; a very practical subject that allowed me to experiment with materials and measurements, functionality and form and machine processes to obtain the best output for a product. Furthering on my passion for the subject, I now study a degree in ‘Technology with Design’ in Ulster University, Jordanstown and I am completing my placement year in E&I Engineering.

Explain your job role. What do you like most about it?

During my placement, I have had an excellent opportunity to develop my understanding and knowledge on Building information modelling. Using Revit 2018 to explore BIM, I have built up a ‘Revit portfolio’ in which I add to daily when I learn new tasks. Every day is a learning day in E&I Engineering and the ‘one to one’ training I receive is excellent. I am currently one of the few engineers being trained in Revit as well as being the only girl. This is something I am very proud of during my placement year.

Why do you think gender equality is important in the workplace?

I think gender equality is important in the workplace as it enables both men and women to work together and avail of the same rights and opportunities across all sectors within the workplace.

 

For information on how you can get involved in International Women’s Day visit:

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/HowToPlanIWD

International Women's Day