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International Women in Engineering Day


Meet Kirsty, Machine Technician from LIBERTY Speciality Steels Advanced Machining Centre

Engineering runs in the family for Kirsty as both her grandfather and father worked in the industry. Her interest stemmed from her childhood days spent with her father – a maintenance fitter, keen model engineer and historical vehicle restorer. From her teenage years she showed a particular interest in metalworking and started making vehicle parts in their home workshop.

No two days are the same in Kirsty’s role, which is what drives her enthusiasm for her job. She gets to work with different materials, some days working from a sample and other days from a drawing. She also gets involved in setting up the machines to ensure operations run smoothly. It’s a challenging role but one where she is constantly learning.

In her spare time, Kirsty is an engineering enthusiast too, and continues to make historical vehicle parts. She is also a member of her local model engineering railway club.

On the subject of women in engineering, Kirsty’s advice is to always push yourself. Don’t let stereotypes of the industry put you off from having an exceptional career. She also says you should never stop asking questions and learn as much as you can from those around you.