Beth Embarks on Mechanical Engineering Career
Technica support their first female mechanical engineer.
Grimsby girl, Beth Thomson, is embarking on a new career in mechanical engineering thanks to her employers local engineering firm Technica.
Beth, 24, worked for Technica when she finished college but left the firm after gaining a place at The University of Lincoln to study forensic science.
Explains Beth: “I was sad to leave Technica – I really loved my job but it was my dream to study forensic science. The directors, John Davison and Bryan Creed, had asked me if I wanted to study mechanical engineering in 2009 as they saw my potential in the discipline. They’d planted a seed and the idea of mechanical engineering was never out of my mind all through university.”
“Three years later I had my degree but found it impossible to get a role in that field. I was lucky to then get back in at Technica and immediately approached John and Bryan to see if the mechanical engineering opportunity was still available.”
“I’m now studying for an HNC in Mechanical Engineering at the Grimsby Institute, fully supported by Technica. I love maths so it’s the ideal subject for me – I can apply my mathematical skills to real life situations and eventually be part of a team that actually makes something. It’s really exciting.”
Beth now spends one day a week at college and four days working directly alongside a team of qualified mechanical engineers led by Dave Bennett. Two other Technica employees are also studying the discipline and benefitting from on-the-job learning from their peers.
Adds Bryan Creed, technical director at Technica: “It’s great to have Beth back on board and studying a subject she has a definite talent for. She’s motivated and a quick learner – an inspiration to other women wanting to pursue a career in the predominantly male-dominated engineering industry. We firmly believe in investing both time and money in ensuring our people achieve their full potential, especially our younger members of staff.”
Concludes Beth: “I can’t thank Bryan and John enough for giving me a second opportunity. I have the chance to get involved in client meetings, work on live projects and learn from some of the best people in the industry – Technica is a great place to work.”