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What isCivil Engineering?The Female Face of Civil Engineering 2Civil Engineering is about creating asustainable society that has clean water,power and treatment of waste, with aninfrastructure to provide road, rail, docks,harbours and airports. It also includesprotecting the environment, from coastlinesto decontaminating brownfield sites.Civil Engineering is the caring professionof the built environment.Why show The Female Face of Civil Engineering?Not enough families, students, schools and teachersrealise that science subjects and engineering careersare a feasible option for girls. We want to show that thereare many rewarding opportunities for women in the civilengineering industry.Gender equality is a principal value of CGL. CGL hasproduced this booklet to illustrate career options withinCivil Engineering for school students to inspire and interestthem in engineering careers and to emphasise the value ofSTEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)subjects. Many companies like CGL offer a range of workexperience opportunities aimed at students across a varietyof ages who are interested in engineering.What doesCivil Engineeringinvolve?All engineers Take an idea and turn it into reality Use their creativity to find simple and sustainable solutionsto difficult problems Work as part of a teamThe women in this booklet show some of the many jobs in CivilEngineering, in the UK and abroad and show some of the routesinto Civil Engineering.Why choose Civil Engineering?The world needs more engineers to provide enough homes,workplaces, roads, clean water and energy supplies forthe future and provide sustainable engineered solutions tosafeguard the future environment.Engineering jobs are well paid, have good long-term prospectsand scope to move around if you want to, even abroad.Many girls who are curious, imaginative or practical takequalifications in science and maths and go into jobs in CivilEngineering, where they enjoy finding solutions to problemsin construction.3
2005: GCSEs English Literature, English Language,Double Science, Maths, Music, Art Textiles, History2007: A Levels in Maths, Physics and Graphics2011: MEng in Civil EngineeringThe Female Face of Civil Engineering 4A career in Engineering is diverseand an environment that iscontinuously changing - I enjoythis variability and how it keepsme on my toes! GCSEs in Maths, English, Double Science, Art,Graphics, Geography, French AS Levels in Biology, Physical Education A Levels in Maths, Physics and Systems of Control (DT) Masters Degree in Civil & Structural Engineering fromNewcastle University Became Chartered Structural Engineer (IStructE) Finished the Ironman Distance TriathlonAs an Engineer I have moved on in my understandingof Maths and Physics and use them to help build largerand stronger buildings such as houses, offices andhospitals, working as part of a team and using a range ofmaterials. I chose a career in Engineering as it is reallydiverse, I love that I can be creative with my work andenjoy coming up with different solutions to a design.Outside of my work I enjoy painting, basketball, triathlon,and exploring new places.Rosie CamburnI decided to do Civil Engineering after realising that I hadto figure out how everything worked. I fell into TemporaryWorks Engineering and realised it offered much of what Iloved to do – creativity, problem solving and innovation.Assistant Engineer Galliford Try BuildingI like the flexibility of construction work suchas the ability to apply simple ideas to difficultsituations to make sure that the activities wecarry out are best suited to the requirementsof each site.DesignerStructural Engineer - Designing Buildings WSP Parsons BrinckerhoffI like to think outside of the box fornew ideas or to find simpler solutionsto problems.Anglie PatelCreativeEver since I was young I relished thechallenge of designing structures: fromconstructing camps out of materials I couldfind to building tree houses in the garden.5
PlannerIf I was asked did I make the rightdecision in selecting my chosen career,I would give a definite YES.2005: GCSE Maths, Additional Maths, Technology & Design,Science, English and French2007: A Levels in Maths, Physics, Technology & Design2011: MEng Civil Engineering, Design & Management fromthe University of DundeeThe Female Face of Civil Engineering 6Civil Engineer Farrans ConstructionI like planning works and seeing them come together. I reallyenjoy learning how things are built and what is involved inevery step of the process, from site set up to project handover.My physics teacher said she thought engineering would be agood fit for me because I enjoyed maths and physics.I did some work experience and instantly fell in love with it. Myjob involves lots of creativity, imagination and understandinghow things work to find solutions to problems. I work inconstruction and the best part about my job is that it’s tangible– I can walk through London and know how I’ve been a partof physically changing the City. I was sponsored through mydegree and worked on site every summer which really helpedwith my degree course.2003: 12 GCSEs including Maths, English, Double Science,Geography, 4 languages and Music2005: A Levels in Physics, Maths, Economics andAS Level Geography2009: Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from theUniversity of Bath2009-10: Gap year, travelling through Africa and working withEngineers Without Borders in India2010: Started as an Assistant Engineer on the Victoria Stationupgrade, was promoted through Site Engineer, SectionEngineer to Senior Engineer2014: Joined St Edward Homes and was later promoted tobecome Deputy Project Manager of a 150 million project2016: Joined BAM Nuttall and returned to Victoria Stationupgrade as the Engineering & Assurance ManagerInvestigatorMy job is exciting and fastpaced, no two days are thesame. I love the variety ofpeople that I work with everyday and how together we canreally make a difference tothe world in which we live.Avni MehtaNo two projects are identical, all come with their ownchallenges to overcome. It is great to be part of a team,working together to complete the works.I come from a family of doctors, pharmacists,accountants and lawyers so engineering nevercrossed my mind.Engineering & Assurance Manager BAM NuttallMy dad is a civil engineer so I got an insight into the industryat a young age which was a factor too. I am currently basedon the New Wear Crossing (Sunderland) Cable Stayed Bridge.I am involved in managing operatives from various disciplinesas well as planning, implementing and monitoring theconstruction works.Lynsey McNeillyI chose Civil Engineering as my career pathas I did well at mathematics in school andI enjoy working outside as I come from arural background.7
1979-1983: Graduate Engineer, Sir Alexander Gibb & Partnersin Reading, Australia and Fiji1984-93: Represented Team GB in Triathlon and won 21 eliteETU European Championship medals in triathlon and duathlon1983-1996: Research student, Research Fellow,Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Department of Engineering,Cambridge University1997: Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at ETH Zürich inSwitzerland – Awarded the OBE for Services to Sport2001-05 / 2009-11: Head of the Institute forGeotechnical Engineering2007-12: President and Chair of British Triathlon2012: Awarded the CBE for Services to Triathlon2015: Became Rector of ETH ZürichI enjoyed maths and sciences sinceprimary school and I like solvingproblems so a technical career seemedright to me.My dad suggested doing my degree inCivil Engineering to give me a broaderbackground in engineering, which it didbut I have a passion to do things for theenvironment so eventually I specialised inthe environmental field.I have worked on many sites across the UK. I enjoytaking projects from start to finish, and this helps me tosee derelict sites turn into new residential/commercialproperties which have economic benefit to society.In addition, the remediation strategies I design have alsoimproved the quality of the surrounding environment.I got a chance to see different countries through mydegree choices. I grew up in Barbados but went toTrinidad for my first degree, then travelled to the UK formy second degree where I have settled.My degree in engineering has also allowed me to pursueother roles and now I work with schools and businessesin Surrey to provide work placements and mentoring toencourage more kids into STEM careers.1998-99: CXC (Caribbean Examination Council exams similar toGCSE) including Advanced Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics2001: A Levels in Chemistry, Physics, Maths, General Paper2002-05: BSc Civil with Environmental Engineering, University ofthe West Indies, Trinidad2005-06: MSc Environmental Engineering, University of Nottingham2006-16: Engineer then Principal Engineer at CGL2012: Became a Chartered Environmentalist2015: Second half marathon, cutting 26 minutes off mypersonal best!2016 onwards: STEMX Manager at SATROKeisha Smith1975-78: Degree in Engineering Sciences, CambridgeUniversity (Roscoe University Prize in Soil Mechanics)Environmental improverSTEMX Manager SATRONo two days are the same. Civil engineers build prototypes allthe time and our work never becomes repetitive. It is excitingto do research to find answers to problems, and to be able toshare these developments in teaching and with our colleagues inpractice, to help them become even more efficient or safer withtheir designs.CBE FREngThe Female Face of Civil Engineering 8The combination of creativity, critical thinking, analysis andproblem solving sounded like an ideal way to spend my workinglife, to add value to a range of communities.Rector ETH Zurich Professor of Geotechnical EngineeringMy advice toaspiring engineersis to choose auniversity anda course thatprovides you withthe fundamentals.It should also helpyou to developyour ability andto extend yourknowledge in areasthat interest you, aswell as encourageyou to absorband work withinteresting ideasfrom neighbouringsubjects, to helpyou to solvemultidisciplinaryproblems.I was completely fascinated by the ways in whichenormous structures had been built to dam lakesand direct the outflow to generate hydroelectricityand control excessive flooding of rivers. It seemedto be a highly sustainable way of providing energy.Professor Sarah SpringmanTrainer9
1996: Joined FrankGraham (later WSP)as a Senior Engineer –Chartered Civil Engineer2000: Joined Babtie Groupas a Principal Engineer2002: Joined CGL asan Associate Director(specialising in landcontamination)2016: Became a Fellowof the Institution of CivilEngineers (ICE) andWomen’s EngineeringSociety (WES)The Female Face of Civil Engineering 10I manage a team of engineers working onground engineering projects. I specialise inall aspects of contaminated land includinginvestigation, risk assessment, remediation,validation and expert witness in legal disputes.My career allows me to use my curiosity and fulfils mydesire to find inventive and pragmatic solutions tocomplex problems, and then see something tangibleas a result. It also pays for my passion for allthings equestrian.I am an environmental consultant specialisingin contaminated land assessment forproperty sales and new developments.I have a passion for the environment, in my career and alsoin the activities I enjoy. I relish opportunities to explore newplaces and I recently visited the National Parks of Croatiaand climbed Mount Kinabalu in Borneo.My job offers the opportunity to pursue the things I aminterested in, whilst getting paid to do something thatbrings a really valuable contribution to engineeringprojects. It is vital to ensure that properties are safe forpeople to use and that the use or construction of propertydoes not contribute to environmental damage: a careerin the contaminated land industry allows me to do this. Ihave worked on really interesting, large scale projects onold landfill sites and manufacturing sites to make themsuitable for redevelopment.2000-1: 11 GCSEs including Maths, Biology, Physics,Chemistry and Geography2001-3: AS and A Levels including Geography, Biologyand Chemistry2003-4: Travelled around the world2004-7: BSc in Physical Geography at Universityof Portsmouth2007-8: MSc in Contaminated Land at Universityof Portsmouth2016: Became a Chartered Environmentalist with theInstitution of Environmental SciencesAssociate Director Paragon Building Consultancy1987: MEng Civiland EnvironmentalEngineering – Joined LGMouchel & Partners as aGraduate EngineerI love working in an industrythat is constantly evolvingas we learn about scienceand as people’s attitudeand awareness towards theenvironment changes andgrows. It can be challengingbut it is also extremelyrewarding. It is great to do ajob that involves the things Ireally care about and enjoy.Charlie Knox1983: A Levels includingMaths and PhysicsEven when I look back I can’t seea career path that I would ratherhave followed. Civil Engineering hasprovided me with a stimulating andrewarding career.Technical Director CGL1981: O Levels( GCSEs) includingMaths and PhysicsJo StrangeProblem solverDeveloper11
I grew up in Trinidad – a small island in the Caribbean- and my education inCivil Engineering has given me the opportunity to work, live and travel abroad.I love what I do because it’s so diverse and it gives me the opportunity to learnsomething new every day. It’s never boring, I have a career that helps me tocontribute to changing the world we live in.1996: (GCSE equivalent) including Biology, Physics, Maths and English1996-00: Ordinary National Diploma and Higher National Certificate inCivil Engineering2002-05: BSc Civil Engineering, University of the West Indies, Trinidad2005-14: Project Manager, Line Manager, Lead Structural Engineer, SeniorOffshore Structural Engineer at Atkins Limited; Trinidad, Houston and London2014: Became a Chartered Civil Engineer2014-15: Project Manager, Senior Approval Engineer, Lead StructuralVerification Engineer at DNV GL, LondonThe Female Face of Civil Engineering 12The main A levels I did were all because Ilike to know how things work – i.e. people,bodies and how the landscape around usformed etc.I took Geology at university for much the same reasonand I wanted to work outdoors and have the opportunityto travel.I like Engineering because of the variety of sites,people and problems and I like to know that we helpin the process of building things and cleaning upcontamination. I enjoy working outside and workingwith a team of people. Although I do less work on sitesnow I enjoy managing people and money for projects. Ialso enjoy training younger engineers as I can use myexperience of having been where they were a few yearsago. I try and inspire them to learn and develop as I have.1998-2000: GCSEs including Double Science, Maths,Geography and PE2000-02: A Levels including Geography, Biology,Psychology, French and General Studies2002-05: BSc in Environmental Geology atReading UniversityCGLThe teams where I work are often multicultural and always great to work with.It’s great finding a job that combines mypassion for understanding the landscapearound us and being able to share myknowledge and experience with youngerengineers to help with their development.Sarah KeyI’ve led or contributed to designs of new fixed offshore platforms, worked onrepairs to offshore platforms, forensic studies of offshore structure failures,asset integrity management, verification and classification, engineeringdesigns for offshore wind turbines and construction management for aresidential development.CuriousChartered Senior EngineerI have been lucky to work on a wide range of projects.Neesha Hosein-Tang HowThe things in life that we perceive areimpossible, are often overcome by taking smallsteps that form the platform for big successes.Chartered Senior Engineer /Project Manager DNV GL (Oil & Gas sector)Motivated by the opportunity to make a difference2005-07: Travelled and worked various jobs2007-08: MSc in Soils and Environmental Pollution atReading University2008: Started at CGL2016: Became a Chartered Environmentalist and alsoa Guinness World Record Holder in netball!13
What will I need to work inCivil Engineering?The Female Face of Civil Engineering 14Bustingthe mythsThe mythsBustedCertain groups are underrepresented in STEM because theyare not as good at the subjects.Girls do better than boys across all academic and vocational STEMsubjects at all levels in the UK. There are more black and minorityethnic students than white students in many STEM disciplines.Girls don’t want to study STEM subjects.Overall, girls outnumber boys in studying sciences, makingup 50% in chemistry, 65% in biology and medicine and 75% inveterinary studies.Find out moreWomen don’t want to work in STEM.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk has lots of helpful advicealong with career route maps for England, Scotland,Northern Ireland and Wales which can be downloadedfree of charge.There are more women in STEM job roles in other parts of theworld than there are in the UK.People are better at either sciences or arts but not both.Many employers look for creative, artistic STEM people for designwork and good communicators for training or technical writing.Many seek people with Science, Maths or Technology with skillsin languages.There are several routes into Engineering: thework based learning route (apprenticeships),through a college course or degree.A good grounding in Science, Maths and English are neededfor most career opportunities in Engineering, but you’llalso need to be curious with an enquiring mind and wantto find answers.yourlife.org.uk/student shows more about the careers youcan have with qualifications in maths and sciences.15
The Female Face ofCivil EngineeringToo many girls and their families assume engineering is for men. Showingthem real women working on exciting projects which in turn make a differenceto people’s lives opens their eyes to a whole new world of possible careeroptions. Women from diverse backgrounds talking with excitement andpassion about what they do will inspire more girls to follow in their footsteps.Helen Wollaston – Chief Executive at WISE, a campaign to promote women inscience, technology and engineeringFor many young people seeing is believing - they respond well to practicalexamples which show the diverse and rewarding careers that are in reachthrough studying STEM subjects at school. This is especially important foryoung women, who may assume engineering is not a career for them due tooutdated perceptions. They need role models and job profiles which bust themyths about who engineers are. ICE is delighted to support this initiative.John Laverty – Head of Education and Inspiration at ICE,The Institution of Civil EngineersThanks to everyone who supported this publicationPublished byGeotechnical and Geoenvironmental ConsultancyGround Engineering Consulting Firm of the Year 2016The Engineers: Rosie Camburn, Neesha Hosein-Tang How, Sarah Key,Charlie Knox, Lynsey McNeilly, Avni Mehta, Anglie Patel, Keisha Smith,Sarah Springman and Jo Strange.This booklet can be freely copied and distributed for education or inspiration of others.WISE, ICE, (design by) The Clarion PortfolioAn online version is at tffoce.netcgl-uk.comFeedback and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
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