Celebrating women in engineering

Tabitha Callaghan
24 June 2020

International Women in Engineering Day (23 June 2020) is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.

The day celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world.
 
All this week we will be celebrating the women who work for Nexus, who have helped shape and improve our services, keep our fleet moving, and who will help to develop the network of the future.

In their own words, here’s what four of our female engineers had to say about why they chose engineering and their advice to girls and young women thinking about it as a career. 

Sarah McManus - Project Manager, Metro Futures:

What I love about engineering is… the impact that a good project can have on so many people.  Whether it is a new station or a simple shelter while waiting for a bus or train.  Engineering is a key skill to making this happen.

The best thing about my job is… how engineering projects big and small can be influenced positively by you as an engineer and that the results of your work can be seen by all.

My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is ….you don’t have to excel in maths or have a construction background, you will learn this as you develop your career and there is a great support network out there which will help you with each step.  The more females from all backgrounds joining the profession, the more it becomes the norm.  Work hard and you can do it, just like I did.

Gemma Bousfield - Asset and Quality Controller:

What I love about engineering is …getting a real understanding of how something works and solving problems, finding a fault and fixing it. 

The best thing about my job is… the satisfaction in keeping the wheels turning on such an aged fleet of Metro. My roots are working on the tools and real hands on work fixing problems is by far the best thing about my job.

My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is … believe in yourself, you can do it!

Serpil Bulut - Engineer (Electrical and Mechanical):

I love engineering because… it makes me think outside the box and challenges me.

The best thing about my job is… the opportunity for continuous development and learning due to the wide variety of projects I am involved in.  

My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is…if you want a very fulfilling, challenging role in a supportive environment, it’s for you.

Tabitha Callaghan - Project Manager for Metro Futures:

What I love about engineering is…the fact that no two projects are the same and no two days are the same which always keeps things interesting.

The best thing about my job as a Project Manager for Engineering Projects is …the fact that the Howdon Satellite Depot is multi-disciplined so I get to be involved with pretty much every aspect of engineering in the railway. It’s a great learning curve and I’ve gained some great working relationships across the organisation.   

My advice for girls and young women thinking about engineering as a career is… if it’s what you love doing then don’t let anything stop you.

Engineering is an exciting career, with opportunities for everyone.

Keep an eye out for our vacancies here: https://www.nexus.org.uk/careers/vacancies-nexus

Sarah McManus
Serpil Bulut
Gemma Bousfield
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