Its International Women in Engineering Day, an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry.
We caught up with our longstanding Applications Engineer, Georgina Cambell who has delivered some of the best and most profitable projects amongst the AvantiGas LPG potfoilo of customers.
What is your role and what are your key responsibilities for AvantiGas?
I am an Applications Engineer by title, and my role is to manage all large commercial installations. My job begins with providing technical support for our sales teams, attending pre-tender meetings/site visits and providing system design. Once we have won a project, I complete all of the parts procurement and appointing of third-party contractors, client liaison, site management, Health and Safety including production of Risk assessments and Method statements.
What do you enjoy the most as a female engineer expert?
Proving that a woman can competently deliver an engineering project, and meet if not exceed a client’s expectations.
Tell us about one of your most memorable moments
When my boss from a previous company said to me: “Having a woman in a construction-based project management role is like having a secret weapon. Women are more thorough and gain a different level of respect from our clients.”
What do you enjoy doing most out of work?
Spending time with my loved ones, attending car shows, driving my “weekend” car, riding my motorbike and of course a bit of retail therapy.
How did you get into your role?
I was always inspired by my granddad, who was an engineer in the RAF. I spent the majority of my childhood in my granddad's workshop taking things apart and putting them back together. This developed into my love of design, and I began providing electrical and mechanical solutions within the construction industry. These roles led me in to heavy mechanical handling and bespoke equipment, where I dealt with large high profile clients on a number of sensitive projects, throughout the UK and some of Europe. This experience stood me in great stead when I was approached to apply for my current role.
What makes you feel fulfilled in your role?
Completing a large project and seeing a satisfied customer.
What advice would you give to young women/girls looking to get into Engineering?
I would say “never give up”. No matter how challenging a situation may be, or how impossible something may seem, you will always find a way to solve it. Speaking from experience, being a woman / girl in engineering can be a challenge. Make sure that you make yourself an equal with your male peers and gain the respect that you deserve.
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