Date: June 22, 2024 4:15 pm

International Women in Engineering Day 2024

International Women in Engineering Day 2024

International Women in Engineering Day 2024

Celebrate the Achievements of Women Engineers with Us

Women engineers across the world have and are playing a vital role in shaping the future.

For years, progress toward equality has been slow and amazing women engineers have been persistently pushed aside. In the past, their work has often been ignored, and their achievements diminished or been accredited to another.

International Women in Engineering Day (INWED2024) is designed to celebrate women engineers’ incredible contributions.

Delta Rock celebrate women in engineering and all the amazing contributions, inventions, technologies and pioneering studies that they have made to the world we live in today.

The UK’s Current Engineering Landscape

The UK’s huge engineering and manufacturing sector, boasting 5.5 million workers, offers diverse opportunities across a wide array of fields, from food production to aerospace. However, unlike its ambitions, the gender balance in the workplace remains skewed towards men.

Progress is being made, but it is still a sector that is dominated and seen as a man’s occupation. However, there are small positive changes. Women in engineering roles are on the rise, currently at 16.5%, a significant 25% increase since 2016. With a gap to bridge (83.5% male), there is a need to showcase the range of opportunities, to attract more women towards this rewarding career.

What Causes this Gender Gap?

To help bridge the gender gap, we need to understand how the outside world and young people in education perceive engineering.

Many people, young and old, still picture engineers covered in grime, toiling away at physically demanding tasks. This outdated image unfortunately doesn’t reflect the reality of modern engineering. Additionally, schools often overlook discussing and showcasing engineering. It should be taught at an early age, to illustrate how it supports so many aspects of our lives. Leaving students uninformed about the exciting possibilities engineering offer, as a viable career path needs addressing.

This neglect creates a perception of engineering being an unattractive career, leading students to explore other fields. This is to the detriment of the students, and industry, because engineering skills are needed globally.

The Need for Engineers

Engineering is the powerhouse to support our everyday lives, but also to develop and improve things. With so many challenges faced by the world; environment changes, reduced resources, etc., engineers are the catalyst for positive continual change for our futures.

Delta Rock Empowers Women in Engineering!

Delta Rock is passionate about building a diverse and talented team. We encourage women to join the field of electrical and automation engineering. Currently, we are pleased to have both a qualified electrical engineer (Martha) and an apprentice (Katie), who is on her career path journey of becoming a qualified electrical engineer.

We continue to develop and grow the Delta Rock Apprenticeship scheme, to encourage and support young people, including women to take the engineering route to support the skills that are desperately needed in todays’ society.

Waving the Flag for Women in Engineering

Our apprentice Katie is passionate and enthusiastic about her chosen career in engineering, which was clear from the moment she applied and spoke with Delta Rock.

Katie is keen to show that women can have a career in engineering and the opportunities it offers.

Katie shares her thoughts; “Stop seeing engineering as a stereotypical man’s job. It can be a female’s profession too and we can excel in this field. This apprenticeship has been great fun and I’ve learnt so much. It feels more like a hobby with so much job satisfaction on offer. I tell my friends that when fully qualified in this profession I have so many opportunities, because of the skills, experience and knowledge that I have and continue to gain. I would really encourage more females to look at engineering and pursue a career in it”.

Respecting and Valuing New Talent

Delta Rock’s General Manager, Gareth Hitchmough added “Both Martha and Katie are confirmation that women can excel in an engineering environment. Since joining the team as an apprentice in 2023 it was obvious the skill, passion and commitment Katie had for engineering. We are really pleased with Katie’s progress and see her becoming a valuable and exceptional member to our team of qualified electricians. Martha too is an excellent electrical engineer and a valuable team member.”.

Delta Rock’s Pledge to the Engineering Industry

Delta Rock is passionate about nurturing the next generation of electrical engineering talent. That’s why we’ve invested in and continue to develop our apprenticeship program. We’re proud to welcome women into this field, and we’d love to see even more join us.

Applauding the Amazing Women in Engineering 

We celebrate women in engineering and all the amazing contributions, inventions, technologies and pioneering studies that they have made to the world we live in today.

To name just a few:

  • Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) – First person to recognise Analytical Engine, as a computer-like device
  • Caroline Haslett (1895-1957) – Electrical engineer and became the first Electrical Association for Women Director in 1924.
  • Edith Clarke (1883 -1959) – Electrical engineer, creator of the Clarke calculator for graphing electrical properties.
  • Ellen Ochoa (1958-present) – Engineer and astronaut and former director of Johnson Space Center.
  • Hedy Lamarr (1914-2000) – Inventor and actress, she devised a method of encrypting signals to prevent enemy spies from listening to sensitive information.
  • Patricia Bath (1942-2019) – Inventor of the Laser-Phaco Probe, technology for treating and removing cataracts.
  • Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) – A chemist and X-ray crystallographer, who work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite.
  • Verena Holmes (1889-1964) – Mechanical engineer and a multi-field inventor. She was the first women to be elected to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and Institution of Locomotive Engineers. Throughout her career she patented several inventions for applications from medical instruments to steam locomotives.

Find out more and discover the women who were Born to EngineerHistoric female engineers – Shaping our world

Engineering is all around us, shaping our world in countless ways.

Celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (#INWED2024) with us, and if you’re interested in a rewarding career, visit our Careers page, Apprenticeships or Contact the team today.

T: +44(0) 1244 536 444  |  E: enquiries@deltarock.co.uk  |  Talk to our team

Back to blog

Share this blog: