This week we’re focused on shining the light on #WomenInEngineering, as we work to close the gender gap in the New Zealand metals industry and inspire our next generation of females to see engineering differently.


That’s because, in a time when we should be welcoming more females to address skills shortages, we are seeing the opposite.

But why?

  • Many women are deterred by pursuing a career in engineering as they feel concerned of being the only female in a male dominated workplace – a catch 22, as without more women, the profession can’t be attractive to other females.
  • There is a perception that engineering is all about ‘dirty hands, hard hats and engines’ but it is so much more!  Many are unaware of the exciting opportunities for creativity and problem solving in the industry.
  • There is an attitude that girls who are good in maths and science at school should become doctors or vets.  This opinion is outdated – and it should be known that these skills are excellent attributes that are perfectly suited to engineering where precision and logic-orientated approaches are key to success.

A career in engineering offers exciting, rewarding work in a vital sector where increasing demand for skilled engineers means that opportunities have never been more better than now.  If you don’t believe us, see some of the successes of our very own ladies in engineering throughout our membership!

Sheri is a Lead Structural Engineer for Blue Barn Consulting Ltd with almost 14 years under her belt.

Her most memorable project has been working on the Spark Data Centre facility in Takanini where she was responsible for delivering the design of New Zealand’s first base isolated data facility!

“I was a maths and physics enthusiast during high school, and the practical aspects of engineering really appealed to me.”

“What I love most about my role is being able to see my work come to life, and of course being challenged in what I do.”

Keen to be a structural engineer like Sheri?

Structural engineers design structures to withstand stresses and pressures imposed through environmental conditions and human use – ensuring they remain stable and secure to keep our communities safe.

Sheri thinks a good combination of technical, people and personal skills are great assets to have in her role – if you think you have them, why not consider pursuing a career like hers? Click here.