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International Women in Engineering Day 2018 Emma Curry

Growing up around Newcastle, I’ve always been aware of the large engineering presence. I’ve always been fascinated seeing how engineering works – “how does a piece of metal weighing several tonnes float in the sea?”

  • How did you start your career?

I was 6 months into a 2-year part time masters at university when I got offered my first role in oil and gas. The company at that time was as small independent engineering firm. My experience there saw me work on a variety of different projects, alongside a number of different clients; one of which remains a firm friend nowadays.

  • What advice would you give to women looking to work in engineering?

The best advice I can give to women looking to work within engineering is: if you want to do it, do it. Whilst oil and gas is a predominately male environment, it has never felt like it. I certainly don’t feel that there is the big divide that the media portrays there to be.

  • What does your role involve and what do you enjoy most about working for Penspen?

I am a Senior Engineer within Asset Integrity. Despite working in the oil and gas industry for over 12 years, I have only been with Penspen for 3 months. One great thing about Penspen is the large variation of work. When I first joined Penspen I was greeted with the phrase “Welcome to the team” – one of those generic greetings. It turns out it’s not a generic greeting…I was made to feel at home straight away and everyone is so supportive – it really is one big team. I can’t thank all of the Newcastle team enough for going out of their way and making me feel so welcome. I feel as a company Penspen do not discriminate against women. I feel at Penspen they look at your ability as an engineer, rather than your gender”.