This year marks 100 years of the Women in Engineering Society (WES) and all of us at Corin are proud to take part in such a celebration. On Friday we held a round-table discussion at our headquarters in Cirencester, UK to celebrate International Women in Engineering day and listened to how a few of our engineers got into the industry and how we can help increase participation of STEM subjects in schools and colleges. 

According to Engineering UK 2018, women only make up 12.37% of the engineering workforce in the UK¹. At Corin we are proud to say that 21% of our engineers are women and we sat down with two of our engineers who came into engineering from two very different routes.


 

Ruth Coe profile

How did you first get into engineering?

I first got into engineering when deciding what I wanted to do at university. At my A-levels I really enjoyed product design and started looking for courses in that area, but I couldn’t find the right course for me. It was then I started to investigate engineering and gained a place doing Mechanical Engineering at Leeds University. I continued my studies and completed a PhD in bioengineering before starting my career at Corin.

Who are your engineering role models?

At school, engineering wasn’t particularly pushed but due to having engineers in the family I knew that engineering could be a good opportunity for me.
Ruth at her desk working on a project

As well as my family my supervisors at Leeds University were very inspirational.  There were a number of women supervisors who were leading in their field and very supportive throughout my studies. They definitely inspired me to forge my career in engineering. I love to be creative and solve problems and they showed me engineering is a perfect industry to do this.

If you could give your younger self a piece of advice, what would it be?

To not worry about what your school peers think, and that mechanical engineering is a very broad subject with applications in many different industries so can give you a lot of different options and opportunities.  


 

Nicky Moore profile

How did you first get into engineering?

I guess to begin with it was a job but as I learned about the role and I discovered a passion for quality and engineering. When I was growing up, I would have never said I would have a career in engineering. I received an NVQ in childcare when I left school, then got a job at an Aerospace company. It wasn’t until my husband, then boyfriend, told me about the opportunities at Corin and that is when I started my engineering career.

Who are your engineering role models?

A colleague of mine, Carol, who has just retired, is and was a huge role model for me. She trained me up when I arrived at Corin and imparted so much knowledge and passion for the role that has really helped me in my career.

Nicky inspecting a MiniHip stem

I’d say my husband is also a role model of mine. He started his career with an apprenticeship at Corin and since then forged a successful career in engineering and has been inspirational and supportive throughout mine.

If you could give your younger self a piece of advice, what would it be?

To look at more options when leaving school. Many of my friends either went on to do a qualification in childcare or beauty. I didn’t think about any other industry or career, because if I did, I may have found my love of engineering a lot sooner. I have three daughters and when they get to the age of deciding what they want to do, I will make sure they know of all the possibilities out there, so they can find their passion as I have.


 

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