23 June 2024 marked International Women in Engineering Day, an opportunity to draw attention to women in engineering while celebrating their achievements and successes around the world. 

This year’s theme, ‘Enhanced by Engineering’, highlights the vital contributions of the women in this industry that too often go un-championed. This day honours the very best, brightest and boldest women in engineering and their work.  

To celebrate the day, we caught up with the inspirational M&E Project Engineer Constanza Fabris, on her experience as a woman engineer, gained insight into how she thinks we can encourage more women into the industry, and more.  

Our Head of Operational Engineering, Stephen Lemmon, also shared his thoughts on the benefits of fostering gender diversity within the team. 

1. How has your experience been as female engineer in a male-dominated industry? 

I find being a female engineer in a male-dominated industry both challenging and rewarding. The lack of women around you can make it tough to navigate the workplace, it also applies pressure to constantly prove yourself. But it presents the opportunity to break stereotypes, make effective change and pave the way for future women engineers. 

Personally, I have been fortunate enough to receive strong support from mentors and colleagues, of all genders. It’s also refreshing and encouraging to see the industry prioritise inspiring inclusion with diversity initiatives being made available to aspiring engineers. 

2. How do you think we can raise the profiles of women in engineering?  

Firstly, we can highlight their achievements more, which ties into the theme this year for International Women in Engineering Day of ‘Enhanced by Engineering’. Emphasising the vital contributions of women who are making an impact in the industry will promote and inspire others’ as well as achieve their rightfully owned recognition. 

Another way is by pushing more STEM education for girls to make it known that it’s a viable and available career choice for them. This promotion will encourage and motivate young women and girls to enter these sectors and industries.  

Lastly, it’s essential that we continue to actively implement inclusive workplace policies and practices.

3. What’s your advice to women looking to start their careers in engineering? 

I would advise them to have confidence in their abilities and seek guidance from mentors without hesitation, as this will help develop their confidence and skill. In my experience, both women and men mentors have always been willing and happy to provide support and advice – so don’t shy away from asking. Always advocate for your achievements and pursue your goals with determination! 

Be sure to stay curious and committed to continuous learning, while also building a strong professional network. 

4. How would you like to see the industry look in 10 years-time? 

I’d like to see the engineering industry be even more inclusive and diverse. Alongside effective DEI, it’s important to create safe environments where every individual feels empowered to contribute and thrive. I hope to see this industry and many others marry the two elements. 

Our Head of Operational Engineering, Stephen Lemmon commented:  

“Having women in an engineering team is crucial for fostering diversity, which drives innovation and creativity. Diverse teams bring varied perspectives and approaches to problem-solving, leading to more robust and well-rounded solutions. 

Additionally, championing women helps to generate an inclusive workplace culture, promote equality and reduce gender biases. This not only enhances team morale but also attracts a broader talent pool, ultimately contributing to the overall success and competitiveness of the organisation.”