Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day
Across the globe women play a vital role in the engineering industry. Today we’re celebrating the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing, to support lives and livelihoods and making a positive difference to our future world.
When you think of engineering a predominantly male environment comes to mind, which in 2023 is sadly still very much the case. However, we are seeing a gradual increase. According to WES (Women’s Engineering Society) statistics, women make up 16.5% of all engineers, compared to 10.5% in 2010.
Focusing on UK Engineering
In 2020 women made up 14.5% of all engineers in the UK. This represented an increase of over 25%, compared to 2016. It appears that at an early age, (11-14 years), over 40% of girls would consider a career in engineering, but this diminishes by the age of 16–18 years to just over 22%. This is such a shame as there is no reasons why women can’t work in an engineering environment.
With such a demand for engineering skills, across all engineering disciplines, it is vitally important that girls are encouraged into the field of engineering. We need to provide them with the correct information about what they could achieve and the vast array of jobs and career opportunities available to them if they took an engineering path.
We are pleased to have our own woman electrical engineer: Martha, who joined us in 2022 as a fully qualified engineer. Martha joined Delta Rock, after a successful career in the MOD. Martha works across the variety of industrial electrical engineering projects that Delta Rock are involved with, which takes her into a diverse range of industries across the country.
On speaking with Martha she said, “I always wanted to go down the route of engineering and electrical engineering really interested me. After leaving the MOD, I was very pleased to join Delta Rock. Delta Rock provides an usual opportunity to work in industrial settings. We can be working in a Food and Beverage plant one day and then Waste Management the next. The variety of projects and industrial environments means no two days are the same. My role enables me to work as part of a team, but also be responsible for specific projects and my own work. I would definitely recommend young girls and women to think about electrical engineering and engineering in general as a career. It would be great to see more women in engineering.”
Delta Rock’s General Manager, Gareth Hitchmough added “Martha is proof that women can succeed in an engineering environment. When joining the team in 2022 it was obvious the skill, passion and commitment Martha has. She is an excellent electrician and a valuable and exceptional member to our team of electricians”.
As an electrical engineering business Delta Rock understands the importance of growing engineering expertise through the younger generation. We have invested in our apprenticeship scheme and we continue to develop this. We are pleased to say we have had several women join through our scheme but would love to encourage more into engineering.
With engineering playing a vital role in everything we do and need for our day-to-day lives we champion International Women in Engineering Day.