Work experience sparked my interest in engineering

As a brand new campaign – This Is Engineering – is launched to encourage more young people to get into the profession, we talk to BPE operations manager Clare Millar about her experiences in the industry. Clare tells us what inspired her to take up a career in engineering and how BPE is leading the way.

Q:  What do you think about the state of diversity in engineering today?

A: It’s much improved from what it was. Here at BPE more than 41 per cent of our process engineers are female.

Q: What made you want to get into the profession?

A: I did two weeks’ work experience when I was about 16  with an engineering design company. It gave me exposure to the variety of work, tasks and roles within design engineering.

Q: What can be done to encourage more women to consider engineering as a career option?

A: The chance to see what engineering is like first hand through work experience. Opportunities for girls to talk with woman engineers would also help.

Q: What have your experiences been of being a woman in a male-dominated industry?

A: I’ve never really thought about it. I have always been treated fairly and with respect. I’ve never set out to prove anything or expected to be treated any differently.

Q: If you could tell young girls one thing about engineering what would it be?

A: It’s exceedingly rewarding.