What is your current Job Title or Role?
Graduate Controls Engineer
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Don’t assume that you aren’t good enough just because a subject has a reputation. Make use of online resources to learn more if you’re in two minds. Think about your career prospects and where you want to end up in life. If you have the drive, go for it.
How did you get to where you are today?
I have always been interested in STEM subjects. I took Maths, Physics and Chemistry at A Level and then completed an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Plymouth University. PCMC advertised the position of Graduate Controls Engineer through the university and it sounded like a perfect fit, so I applied and was in work within a few weeks of finishing my final year project.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
We design and build machines for factory use, including wet wipe machines and printers. My work is varied, but typically I am involved in adapting electrical and pneumatic (use of gas under pressure) drawings, programming control systems, including machine safety systems, and designing human-machine interfaces.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
I have always been fascinated by science and technology, but I wasn’t sure specifically what I wanted to do after A Levels. My dad is a mechanical engineer and he suggested that engineering is a good avenue to go down. From there I started thinking about all the possibilities a degree in engineering would open up for me and electronics most captured my interest.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy applying the principles of control engineering to a range of machinery. It’s always great to see the progression of a project from start to finish and be a part of that process.
What do you like to do outside work?
I’m a bit of a bookworm. I enjoy science fiction, thrillers and crime novels. I also enjoy long distance walking and playing sports such as pool and table tennis.