23rd June is National Women in Engineering Day and here at memsstar we are delighted to celebrate the day with our Field Service Technician, Kathy Hendry. Kathy can often be found in the company’s Class 1000 cleanroom assisting in the re-manufacture and refurbishment of a range of semiconductor process tools. An unusual occupation for a young female trainee in a male dominated industry, let’s catch up with Kathy to find out why she chose a career in the engineering industry.
What and where did you study?
I studied at West Lothian College. In the four years I was at the college I completed five courses:
- Step Up Motor Vehicle Systems
- NC Motor Vehicle Systems
- NPA Construction
- Manufacturing and Service Engineering
- Multi Engineering Systems
Since leaving college the further education hasn’t stopped. I recently completed a first aid course and I am currently planning on returning to college soon to complete an HNC in Electronics.
What appealed to you about a career in technology?
I like to understand how things work. I developed a serious interest in technology mainly for its connection with science. Science was my favourite subject at school.
Describe a typical day at work?
A typical day at work is busy. There is never a quiet moment but it is just the way that I prefer it.
What to you are the benefits of working at memsstar?
Not only do you work alongside people with vast experience but you get to learn from them. At memsstar I have found that whichever particular interest you have there is always support i.e. if you show interest in process the process engineers are happy to share their knowledge and expertise. Even in areas which are new to me I know I can ask for advice and I will always receive good and useful information.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself working to the level in which the engineers are working and finishing a part time course in HNC Electronics.
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to read, draw, watch movies and socialise.
What advice would you give to other females considering a similar career?
Go for it! Let nothing hold you back. It’s a good career to be getting yourself into.
National Women in Engineering Day
National Women in Engineering Day was set up by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary. The purpose of the organisation is to celebrate the work that women do in engineering, and to showcase the great engineering careers that are available for women. For further information, visit the National Women in Engineering Day website.