Women in engineering
12% of engineers in the UK are women. In the 2022 cohort, 44% of Boeing's engineering graduates were female.
Meet just some of our inspirational employees, who are raising the profile of women working in aerospace and STEM subjects.
Helen, Human Factors Systems Engineer
Helen joined BDUK in July 2021 as a Human Factors Systems Engineer. She currently works on the GCSS programme to ensure that human factors requirements provided by the MOD are being satisfied, ultimately helping to provide a system that is usable to our customer.
Helen has worked as a Human Factors specialist for over 19 years, including supporting on engineering projects in rail and oil & gas industries in the UK and abroad. Her roles have involved working within multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural teams to ensure that the end users were considered in the design, and that requirements and regulatory standards were being met.
She has a BSc in Ergonomics (Human Factors) and MSc in Organizational Behaviour. She said: “I have a passion for developing products and designing working environments that are reliable, safe and efficient, and it is my job to work together with other engineers to do that.”
“My career to date has been varied, I have seen things I genuinely never knew existed in terms of the jobs that people have to do and the environments in which they must do it. The industries I have worked in are male dominated and so this has become my norm – often I have been the only woman at the meeting room table or the only one in a technical role on the entire project, and it has taken time to develop the confidence to feel ok in these situations. Whilst the numbers of females in STEM roles is low, in Boeing it is the most women I have ever worked with; positive change is happening and I would encourage others to consider a career in engineering – the roles, projects and locations can take you in unexpected and exciting directions.”
Zeenat, Graduate Engineer
Zee started at Boeing in October 2021 in the Engineering Graduate Scheme. She completed her first rotation in an out of function role as project management support and currently works in a split second role as a CAMS (Computer Aided Metrology Systems) Engineer on E-7 Production in Birmingham and a Manufacturing Engineer on CH-47 remotely and in Boscombe Down.
CAMS is all to do about laser alignment to ensure that certain fittings on the aircraft are fitted to the correct tolerance and Manufacturing Engineering is about liaising between the shop floor and other engineers, procurement agents and suppliers to ensure that everything is running smoothly and to drive forward progress.
She said: “I first realised I wanted to pursue engineering when I had the chance to take part in the Engineering Education Scheme in year 12 and I really enjoyed applying maths and physics principles to real life problems and working on a project with a company so I could learn about their process for tackling an engineering project. As a result, I went on to study Mechanical Engineering at university and then completed an MSc in Mechatronics before luckily landing a job which I am absolutely loving so far.”
Zee is part of the STEM team and has presented a Make Engineering Cool Again session to a Year 2 class. She helps organise charity events as part of Boeing’s volunteering network, REACH.
Maisie, Graduate Engineer
Maisie is the Graduate representative on the UK STEM committee and also the lead of the Early Careers UK STEM Team (including interns, graduates and apprentices).
Maisie graduated in 2021 from the University of Sheffield, where she studied Aerospace Engineering and was a member of Sheffield University Women in Engineering Society. She completed an engineering internship at Boeing from 2019-2020 and started the Boeing UK graduate scheme in October 2021
Maisie’s first placement was at Army Air Corps Middle Wallop working in the Attack Helicopter Training Service on the Apache LCT (Longbow Crew Trainer) simulators and her current placement is at RAF Lossiemouth working as a Maintenance Planner for the nine P8 Poseidon’s based here.
Maisie is a registered STEM Ambassador and takes part in Boeing and external outreach events and activities. She and her sister run a blog called ‘2 Sisters In STEM’ where they share their journey, stories and experiences of being women working in STEM fields. She said: “Encouraging girls and women into STEM and Engineering is a huge passion of mine!”
Jessie, Project Engineer on the UK E-7 Programme
Jessie started her engineering career as an intern with Boeing Defence in Australia. Since moving to the UK, her role on the E-7 programme has allowed her to set her sights on further developing her engineering career.
“A key part of any good Project Engineer is to identify possible gaps in the solution and identify alternative answers, in coordination with the wider team. I think you could consider my role as a ‘catch-all’. I get a lot of variety and exposure to the multiple engineering disciplines and functions, and I’m using this experience to explore the next steps in my career as a Boeing Product Review Engineer.”
Kim, Product Data Management Specialist – Mission Assurance
Kim has worked on leading defence platforms; the Chinook, the Apache and most recently, E-7 in her three years at Boeing. Kim and her team are currently lead the lifecycle of data and documents on the E-7 programme, helping to ensure this critical information is organised and traceable.
“The work I do today leaves a legacy. It’s important we get it right in these early stages. Doing my job properly supports Boeing’s efficiency efforts, as well as protecting vital information, so it’s hugely important for us as a business.”
Reema, Flight Simulator Technician
Reema loved planes since she was four-years old and knew she wanted a practical job in aviation. After completing a two-year apprenticeship, Reema is now a flight simulator technician based at RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland. She uses her electronics and electrical maintenance engineering qualification to work with and maintain £15m flight simulators for the UK’s P-8A fleet.
“What I like most about working in engineering is that you are constantly challenged mentally and physically with new jobs to do and new faults to correct, so you are always learning.”
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