Alumna encourages others to go for a career in engineering

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International Women in Engineering Day is on 23 June, we hear from STEM Ambassador and UWS graduate Amanda Shaw about her journey into engineering.

Amanda, who graduated from the University of the West of Scotland Paisley Campus in 2010 told the STEM website about why she chose engineering as a career and what her job as a Senior Engineering Technician with AECOM entails.

Amanda Shaw
Amanda Shaw, BSc Computer Aided Design

Amanda said: “I started in the industry 12 years ago, after graduating with a degree in Computer Aided Design at the University of the West of Scotland, back in 2009.  As an Engineering Technician, I work directly with the Engineers and Designers, as well as many other team members in order to develop a concept or idea and bring into reality.”

“After I left school I enrolled in an Interior Design Course using CAD software, which really opened my eyes into the creative world of design and technology. I began researching careers in construction and quickly realised engineering is where I found myself drawn to. This led me to apply to UWS for Computer Aided Design as a starting point in my career. I was lucky at this point, to be accepted for a role then with a Civil Engineering Consultant as a Junior Technician based in Glasgow.”

In the 12 years Amanda has been involved in lots of interesting projects such as a large port and jetty structure development, based in Peterhead, Scotland, and working on a major transportation and infrastructure project in Stockholm, Sweden.

Amanda encourages anyone thinking about a career in engineering to go for it: “It is a career that will always exceed your expectations and the sky is the limit when it comes to tailoring your career to suit you and find your niche in your job.

It’s a fast paced industry, ever evolving and competitive, but can also be a highly rewarding career.”

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