Vicky has over 30 years’ structural engineering experience. Joining JNP Group in 1992, Vicky has undertaken the role of Contractor’s Engineering Manager (CEM) or Contractor’s Responsible Engineer (CRE) (Design) for a number of projects, including frameworks.
Vicky, when did you first became aware of the possibility of a career in engineering?
My route into engineering was not typical or intentional, I spotted an advert in a local paper for a junior technician in a local consulting engineers and as I was good at Maths and was adamant that I didn’t want to go to university full time, I applied, they interviewed me, and offered me a position on the same day.
What inspires you about Engineering?
It’s a creative career with so much variety where you can make a big difference. Seeing a building coming out of the ground is very rewarding. I take so much pride in what I do, and every day is different.
What is the most challenging thing about your job?
We’re always working to very tight deadlines, which adds a lot of pressure. We need to produce consistently high-quality work at a fast pace, which is a big challenge, but this is what keeps our clients coming back. However, by working together as a team we get a lot more done than we would working separately, so great teamwork is a priority in our business.
What advice do you have for someone interested in engineering?
The world will always need good engineers. For anyone who is thinking about joining an engineering environment, I’d say go for it! Engineering gives you so many different opportunities; making it a great career path for anyone interested in solving problems. Pursue it. It is hard work, but – for me – so gratifying and that I’m still doing this today is due to the hard work I’ve put in through the years. I have never regretted my decision and am so thankful for the independence and freedom.
Lastly, we asked Vicky to offer some guidance for women who may be considering a career in engineering.
Engineering requires people with a wide variety of interests, skills, & perspectives and it’s important to promote gender diversity because having a balanced workplace means having a variety of skills at your disposal, creating the best team.
I would love to see more female leadership within the industry, and I look forward to a time when we are no longer talking about gender and equality because it has become fully integrated into the industry.