Women in Engineering
International Women in Engineering Day 2018

Women in Engineering

In Jungheinrich UK Ltd we are proud to support a diverse culture within our workforce, and in turn we are celebrating the successes of our female engineers as part of International Women in Engineering Day 2018.

In the UK, only 11% of the engineering workforce is female however there is now very little gender difference in take up of, and achievement, in core STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) GCSE subjects. We continue to encourage, support and outline the career pathways of females to show their reasons behind choosing a career path in Engineering, and what inspires them day to day in a work environment which is known to be male dominated. In addition to this, their stories also celebrate the success of our Apprenticeship programme in Jungheinrich UK of which both have completed a start to their career this way. In 2015/16, women accounted for only 6.8% of Engineering and Manufacturing Technology apprenticeship achievers and 1.9% of Construction Skills achievers in the UK.

The Women’s Engineering Society is a charity which formed in 1919. Its objectives are to support women to achieve their potential as engineers, applied scientists and leaders and to reward excellence; to encourage and promote the education, study and application of engineering; and to work with organisations and influencers to promote gender diversity and equality in the workplace and sustain the historic legacy and future effectiveness of the Women’s Engineering Society.

We feel really inspired by our female engineering stories and career pathways so do check our social media websites on how you can continue to follow the story and show your support.

Hannah P. - Forklift Truck Engineer

Biography

I’m 22 years old, from Liverpool and have been working as an apprentice for Jungheinrich since 2015. I have always been interested in figuring out how things work and love learning new things.  I have played guitar for 15 years and before starting as an apprentice at Jungheinrich  I studied a music engineering course, but I prefer to keep music as a hobby. Outside of work, I enjoy going to kickboxing and other various classes at the gym.

What made you choose a career within the engineering sector?

Tell us about why you picked the role you did, what were your concerns at the time?

I have always had a strong interest in fixing things, taking them apart and putting them back together. When I saw the advert for the apprenticeship with Jungheinrich, it was exactly what I had been looking for. I had no previous experience within the engineering sector before, so was concerned I wouldn’t be qualified enough for the job, but I got the job and haven’t looked back!

What made you overcome barriers to applying?

I thought I should just apply and see what happened as I didn’t have the job anyway so I had nothing to lose. It was definitely the right decision!

What appealed to you the most within the engineering role?

I like taking things to bits and finding out how they work so to be able to do this on a much bigger scale really appealed to me. Jungheinrich has everything I wanted to work on; engines and electrics so it was definitely too good of an opportunity to miss.

Why do you think you chose to maintain this career path so far to date?

When I first started my apprenticeship,  I thought it would be a while until I got to do anything, but from the first day I was allowed to work on jobs which was fantastic. I work alongside a mentor who makes each day different and fun but has taught me an unbelievable amount, I couldn’t have asked for anyone better! Seeing myself grow in confidence and skills gives such a high level of satisfaction, and I can’t wait to carry on learning and improving over my career with Jungheinrich.

Within your engineering role, what motivates you?

What really inspires you each day? What makes you leave work knowing you have done a good job?

It is important to me that the customer is happy. In the workshop, big jobs arrive which cannot be carried out by the service team and it’s good to be a part of the team who can do these repairs. Working as part of a successful team of great engineers motivates me, and when the job is finished, it feels good to know the customer is going to have their truck back and running!

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I like that each day is different, I have learnt an unbelievable amount in such a short time.

What can be the challenges of your role?

Sometimes it can be a rush to meet the repair times to ensure the trucks make their transport to the customer.

How do you overcome them?

Work as hard as possible! There is always a way to fix a problem.

What could you say about your career and role that would inspire any women thinking of a role in engineering?

Definitely go for it! More women are definitely getting into engineering now and I think it’s great. If engineering is what you want to do then nothing should stop you.

What are your aspirations for the future?

 I can’t wait to be a qualified engineer with Jungheinrich. I would love to one day work abroad with Jungheinrich and eventually go into training so I can give the next generation of engineers the fantastic start that I had!


Hannah B. - Field Service Engineer

Biography

After finishing my GCSE’s I studied public services at Warwickshire College but soon realised that this was not inspiring me enough. Out of work I was a keen motorcycle racer and always knew the importance of having a reliable Bike to help me be successful. Whilst working on my bike with my father I learned a lot but knew there was so much more and consequently I decided that engineering and maintenance was a field I wished to pursue.
After 12 months completing a foundation mechanical engineering apprenticeship with Caterpillar I successfully applied for an Apprenticeship with Jungheinrich.
When I applied for Jungheinrich it was clear that if I was successful in the interview I would be their first female engineer. This made me more determined to succeed in the interview and be able to prove that women can do it too.
From the outset I was placed in a large distribution warehouse working with a great team who allowed me to grow into the role and taught me everything that I needed to know to support my ambition of becoming a field service engineer – it’s surprising how much I learned so quickly.
I traveled for my Studies between Bristol and most recently North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and successfully passed all my exams in 2016 where I then started a role within the field service team. 

What made you choose a career within the engineering sector?

Tell us about why you picked the role you did, what were your concerns at the time?

I wanted a variety in the work I did and was worried that working with forklifts would not allow me that – I was wrong as the variety in electrical and mechanical challenges is huge

What made you overcome barriers to applying?

Jungheinrich are a strong organisation with a worldwide brand image that promotes quality and provides good training to deal with its diverse range of products. 

What appealed to you the most within the engineering role?

To be able to investigate and fix problems and understand how things work in more detail. Being hands on was the way forward for myself. 

Why do you think you chose to maintain this career path so far to date?

The challenges and variety of the daily work keep me motivated 

Within your engineering role, what motivates you?

What really inspires you each day? What makes you leave work knowing you have done a good job?

Turning up to service trucks and keep customers on track is good but to be able to resolve a problem and get customers up and running again is a real achievement. 

Why do you feel more women should choose a career within engineering roles?

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I like the fact that there is always something different to do. You learn new things every day and it is always a learning curve within the engineering role.  

What can be the challenges of your role?

Every job has its own challenges but I find that within my job role it is making sure trucks are functional so the operation can keep going.  

How do you overcome them?

Keep calm and believe in yourself. Always be honest to yourself and the customer with what is happening. 

What could you say about your career and role that would inspire any women thinking of a role in engineering?

It is a good career within engineering. Things are always developing and you are always learning. I’d say to most women that are undecided on a career path to give it ago and with an apprenticeship you are earning whilst learning.  There are lots of roles within engineering you can do from Mechanical, civil, electrical and more. 

What are your aspirations for the future?

After completion of my apprenticeship I have been working as a field service engineer which now inspires me get other women involved in engineering.  
Following on from my role as a field service engineer I aspire to work myself up to a manager within the engineering sector.

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