There are many types of engineers working with our membership that we’ll be shining a light on this week – and Joanna Wilce is no different! 

Based at SGS, Joanna has over fifteen years experience in management and technical roles with a broad range of knowledge in legislative compliance, operations and production management of industrial plants. As well as a strong focus on quality assurance and continuous improvement.

Working in a diverse range of industries and manufacturing environments including titanium dioxide production, industrial gas and plastic injection moulding – she is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to statutory regulations applying to pressure equipment, fabrication materials and processes, design and application of NDT.

And to top it off, she even represented New Zealand in sailing at the 2004 Athens Olympics!

SGS Regional Manager & Engineer Surveyor, Joanna Wilce.

What do you love about your job?

I love how every day is different and I’m lucky to have such variety in my work.

The daily interactions with our staff and customers and their diverse viewpoints always challenge my thinking.

I also enjoy problem solving and continually improving what we do.


What are the key challenges facing women in Engineering?

I feel as though women still have to prove themselves as capable and competent before they are seen as equal with men.

When I meet new customers, I still get asked if I have an engineering degree and what my qualifications are.  This stereotype is slowly changing, but it takes time to build rapport and respect.


What impact do you want to make in your career?

To create positive changes through collaboration and determination.