International Women in Engineering Day 2023


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23 Jun 2023

International Women in Engineering Day 2023
Photo: Quality of Supply Engineer, Sujo and Project Engineer, Aparna

Today we focus on the amazing work women engineers do across the globe and here at Evoenergy.

International Women in Engineering Day provides an important opportunity to give women engineers a profile, in an industry where they are still hugely under-represented. According to Engineers Australia, just 13% of the Australian engineering workforce are women.

At Evoenergy, we recognise the valuable expertise and skills our women engineers bring to our teams, as well as strengthening our business with their diverse perspectives. One of our diversity, inclusion and equity streams is gender equity – which includes a specific focus on improving representation of women in non-traditional and leadership roles.

On this #INWED we would like to spotlight two of our engineers to share their journey and provide insights into their experiences in the engineering field. Aparna and Sujo work in our Customer Delivery group and are pivotal to providing technical solutions to electricity customers in Canberra.

What is your role at Evoenergy?

Aparna: I work as a Project Engineer. When customers need an electrical supply for new developments or network alterations, I analyse & understand their requirements and formulate a cost-effective electrical design solution. Essentially, I am responsible for the technical study, cost estimates, design solution, detailed documentation, and customer coordination till the design phase of the project assigned to me.

Sujo: I work as a Quality of Supply Engineer, and I focus on power quality matters in the Customer Delivery group.

What made you want to become an engineer, and what steps did you take to get there?

Aparna: Mathematics and science have consistently ignited a spark of interest in me, and I have always enjoyed challenging myself with problem-solving tasks. Engineering, most certainly, appealed to me. Through hard work and commitment, I achieved good scores in year 12, which helped me secure admission in a reputable university known for its engineering courses.

Sujo: I was always passionate about STEM related disciplines and did well in those areas at school. I wanted to use that passion to create a positive impact on society and I chose Engineering as the pathway to do so. I completed my undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering followed by postgraduate studies in Engineering Management and Engineering Science (specialising in Energy Systems).

What advice would you give to women who are considering a future in engineering?

Aparna: Develop a sense of determination and maintain a positive mindset. Do not be deterred by stereotypes and embrace continuous learning.

Sujo: The landscape is so dynamic and now is a good time to join the field to contribute/ influence the type of works that will shape the future of our society. So, if you are interested, you should give it a try!

What is a project you have enjoyed working on most in your career?

Aparna: It is difficult to choose, however, I enjoyed working on a project to supply a rural residence. It was one of my initial complex projects. Making it particularly challenging for me was the fact that it involved multiple components such as overhead line design, substation earthing design, difficult site conditions and various other aspects. I am fortunate to have received invaluable support and guidance from my mentors.

Sujo: It is exciting to witness how rapidly the energy sector is evolving with embedded generation uptake (such as home solar). As a result, power quality has become important in today’s energy landscape. Working in the power quality space, I challenge myself to explore new ways to resolve issues and maintain power quality. This helps to diversify my skills and provides opportunities for ongoing learning.

How do you believe the engineering industry could better support and encourage women to enter and succeed in engineering roles?

Aparna: Flexible work arrangements, such as flexible work hours and work-from-home options can be highly motivating for women. I am thankful that our workplace recognizes its importance and provides us the option. Access to opportunities for upskilling and mentorship programs is also important. This can enhance their self-confidence and empower them to take up more complex tasks in their role.