International Women in Engineering Day

Today is International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), a day which celebrates the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to support lives and livelihoods every day.

This year is the 9th year of INWED and figures as of June 2021 show that 16.5% of engineers are women. INWED gives women engineers around the world a profile when they are still hugely under-represented in their professions.

You can find out more about how to get involved on the INWED website.

As part of our internal INWED celebrations, we asked one of our engineers, Peggy, to share her story and experiences in the industry.

Q1: How long have you been working in engineering?

"I have been studying engineering since I was in school, starting with product design and electronics classes. From there I went onto get a BTEC in electronics/engineering at college and then onto university where I received a higher certificate in engineering. After that, I joined the team at Penta as a pattern making apprentice and have now been here for almost 4 years. So overall I have been studying/working in engineering for almost a decade!"

Q2: What got you into engineering?

"I have always liked taking things apart and finding out how things work. I was always in my papa’s shed helping with any DIY projects from a young age."

Q3: What’s your favourite thing about engineering?

"Learning about how things work and how each part of the process can affect the next. It is never dull when working in engineering."

Q4: What advice would you give young women and girls that might be considering a career in engineering?

"Go into it with an open mind about what you might want to do. Whilst you’re learning, you will be introduced to many different types of engineering and any of them could catch your interest. To excel in your engineering career you need to enjoy it and be open to always learning something new."

INWED 2022

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