The industry jobs that could be beckoning for Hartlepool's females

The role of women in engineering is being celebrated across Hartlepool and East Durham.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 1:42 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 5:36 pm
Students enjoy their day learning all about engineering.
Students enjoy their day learning all about engineering.

Dozens of students found out how they could be a part of the industry as Hartlepool College of Further Education hosted girls from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, Dyke House Sports and Technology College, and St Hild’s Church of England School.

Lecturer in engineering, Helen Gott, gave an introduction before the event’s main organiser Paula Tinkler (the commercial director for Middlesbrough-based firm Chemoxy) explained her work.

Karen Collins left, Katie Barber, centre, and Diane McGeorge, right.

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The students visited Hartlepool Power Station and Caterpillar in Peterlee, before students did practical tests.

ap said she hoped the students would “be inspired into a career in this sector.”

Mick Casey, head of the Engineering School at Hartlepool College, said: “In recent years the number of female students in engineering has increased, but there is still work to be done to try and reduce the so-called gender imbalance.”

Elsewhere, Karen Collins loves her work as a New Product Introduction engineer with ZF TRW in Peterlee.

Taking part in an engineering experiment.

She added: “I enjoy my job and I don’t walk into work thinking I’m carrying out a ‘male’ role. Although, it hasn’t always been like this. When I started a mechanical and production engineering course at college, one male student said to me, ‘what are you doing this for, you’re taking a man’s job’.

“That kind of attitude is terrible, but it’s not like that here. I’m treated no differently because I’m a woman and that’s how it should be.”

Karen spoke out as Women in Engineering Day is celebrated today.

She and fellow ZF TRW worker Diane McGeorge boast a combined 49 years’ service as engineers in different departments of the global automotive giant.

Classroom activities were part of the day of learning.

ZF TRW has a longstanding commitment to promoting women into engineering roles.

Katie Barber, 14, a pupil at Cramlington Learning Village school, is on a two-week placement at the company. She was one of only two girls in her year group to choose an engineering-type work experience placement, and said she has massively enjoyed her placement at ZF TRW.

Explaining more about engineering.
Students join in with the industry day at the college.
Deep in discussion at the college.
Eager to learn more about industry.
Getting hands-on experience.
Proving that industry can be fascinating.
Having fun at the college's awareness day.
Karen Collins left, Katie Barber, centre, and Diane McGeorge, right.
Taking part in an engineering experiment.
Classroom activities were part of the day of learning.
Explaining more about engineering.
Students join in with the industry day at the college.
Deep in discussion at the college.
Eager to learn more about industry.
Getting hands-on experience.
Proving that industry can be fascinating.
Having fun at the college's awareness day.