National Women in Engineering Day 2016
We're celebrating National Women in Engineering Day 2016 by asking our colleagues to write about how they entered their chosen fields and what they enjoy about their roles.
Geri has been with us since 2015 and works in the Structures Team, she has 20 years worth of experience and is a Chartered Structural Engineer.
"I have been an engineer for 20 years, and found it a very rewarding career so far. Being an engineer is all about problem solving so every project is different and I have been fortunate to have worked on a variety of projects.
I came to engineering through the traditional degree route and became chartered with the institution of structural engineers at 26. Starting my career in London I have designed façade retention and refurbishment schemes in historic buildings and designed high rise schemes in Canary Wharf along with hospitals, retail shopping centers, commercial office buildings, industrial warehousing and house building projects.
I find engineering a career where you are continually learning something new and meeting new people, it is a career that uses logic to create. Being project based it also provides opportunities to travel and can be flexible around family life."
Alice has been with us since 2007 and worked as a trainee with Paul Waite Associates whilst studying part time. Alice finished University with a first class Bachelors degree with Honors in Civil Engineering and is one of our more experienced engineers.
"I started my career in Engineering here at Paul Waite Associates after gaining my A-Levels at Skipton Girls High School which is an Engineering Specialist School.
I studied for my degree part time at Leeds whilst working in the office four days a week which allowed me to combine both the academic and practical principles of engineering.
As a Structural Engineer, I have worked on a variety of projects over my 9 years in engineering including fast food outlets, religious buildings, large residential housing schemes, and earthquake resistant structures across the globe.
I think engineering is a unique career in being able to use maths and science to shape the landscape around us.
Whilst engineering is still is a predominantly male dominated environment, it has proved to be flexible around my childcare commitments and allowed me to balance both career and family life."