Women In Engineering Day

23 June 2021

To celebrate Women In Engineering Day we have spoken to two of the women who work in our engineering department to get their thoughts on their careers and what is like working in the engineering team.

Pamela Chapman – Engineering Charge Hand

Why did you choose engineering?

Because I had a keen interest in the precision workings of anything mechanical 

What do you like about engineering?

The satisfaction of seeing something you have worked on out on the road doing its job in moving people

How did you get into the profession?

I started as an apprentice and progressed up, learning new skills and from that, I’m now capable of doing my job to a high standard 

Are Arriva doing anything to encourage more women in the sector?

I don’t believe it’s a profession that can be encouraged as you have to have an interest in the first place. Where there are women within the industry that have the interest, they should be given every chance to prove themselves.

Hollie Smith – Apprentice Fitter

Why did you choose engineering?

I’ve grown up around engineering with my dad and brother being engineers also working for Arriva. I’ve always enjoyed a hands on approach and engineering has given me the avenue to progress.

What do you like about engineering?

The technical aspect and thinking about each individual job and how I approach it, the harder the task the better!

How did you get into the profession?

I studied car mechanics at college and with my family also working for Arriva they gave me an insight into what working in engineering is like which encouraged me to apply for the role.

Are Arriva doing anything to encourage more women in the sector?

I have been included in the weekly ESI newsletter, which is national to all Arriva depots. I’m very happy with my position and hope to excel in my career in the future. 

 

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