Why we love engineering - International Women in Engineering Day

Two engineers from Hampshire County Council Property Services explain why they love the profession on International Women in Engineering Day (23 June 2017), and why they would recommend it to women as a fantastic career choice which offers many opportunities

Jun 22 2017

Siew Ping Wong

Siew Ping Wong, a senior structural engineer, grew up in the construction environment in Malaysia, visiting building sites with her dad. Her love for science and maths, and a career in engineering was a natural choice.

In her spare time Siew Ping also volunteers as a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) ambassador, raising the profile of engineering, especially to girls.

Siew Ping says about her role: “I enjoy my work best when I am working as part of a great design team with interesting and innovative ideas”.  

Tracey Ferguson, a building services mechanical engineer, finds engineering a rewarding career, with no two projects the same ensuring plenty of challenges and opportunities for learning and progression.

With no idea what career path to take when leaving school, Tracey’s career office noted her love for drawing, putting her forward for a career as a draftsman. In her roles prior to joining Property Services she learnt on the job whilst training, and achieved her engineer qualification over four years by attending college on a day release basis.

Tracey said: “I would recommend engineering to any women looking for a suitable sustainable career which ticks all the boxes for interest and diversity.”  

For more information about International Women in Engineering Day visit www.inwed.org.uk