What motivated you to pursue a career in engineering?

I have always been interested in electronics and engineering, so I decided to study this at college and see where it took me. Being one of few female students at Moray College Technical Campus was slightly daunting to begin with, especially after having a large group of female friends in high school. However, I settled in quickly, which made me even more determined to make my mark in the engineering world.

How has Ashtead Technology supported your career?

Since joining Ashtead Technology two years ago, my colleagues offshore as well as the office staff have been very supportive of me – both personally and professionally.  The collaborative and supportive culture within the company has greatly contributed to my growth in my role, providing reassurance that I have a network of colleagues who are willing to offer their expertise and assistance whenever needed.

Could you tell us about a project you have particularly enjoyed working on during your time at Ashtead Technology?

My career was driven by a deep fascination with the subsea environment. The nature of the subsea industry and the complex challenges associated with its exploration and development ignited a strong interest within me. The energy sector’s dynamism and unwavering commitment to continuous innovation and progress make it a truly fascinating field. It is an industry that presents endless of opportunities for growth and positive impact, making it highly inspiring.

Could you tell us about a project you have particularly enjoyed working on during your time at Ashtead Technology? 
My first project with Ashtead Technology was the NNG Offshore Wind Farm. During this project, I spent time on several vessels in the field and met some lovely people! The project came with its challenges, which allowed me to further my knowledge of Ashtead Technology systems and gain valuable experience liaising with clients and other working parties onboard the vessels.  

While on the project I was working as part of a 3-person survey team, operating and maintaining the SCT (Sonar Calliper Tool) and UCS Dredge tool. After another vessel had drilled into the seabed and installed the casings, we could deploy the SCT to carry out scans in the socket. Once all the information had been gathered, a report would be complied by the Ashtead Technology team and issued to the client onboard.  

In your opinion, what are some key initiatives or strategies that can help encourage more women to enter the engineering field?

I believe that an early exposure to STEM is important. Engaging with STEM subjects from a young age can build confidence in girls, making them more likely to pursue further education and careers in these areas. Normalising women in engineering is equally important. Some girls may be scared to break the mould and come away from the ‘stereotypical’ female careers due to lack of role models and support. I’m passionate about encouraging more women to pursue careers in engineering – I always enjoy talking to young females interested in pursuing a career in a ‘male dominated environment’. 

What advice would you give to females looking to get into engineering?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and explore all your career options! Engineers are required in almost every industry, not just offshore. By keeping an open mind and investigating various fields, you can find a career path that truly aligns with your interests and skills.