Today, 23 June is International Women in Engineering Day. Internationally, just 16.5 per cent of engineers are women, making them a largely untapped resource. We think this needs to change.
VicTrack Chief Engineer, Ezio Lattanzio believes getting more women into the profession will benefit the entire engineering fraternity.
“Engineering is essentially a problem-solving and solution-seeking profession. We provide innovative solutions to problems,” Ezio said.
Women engineers bring a greater spectrum of diversity, specifically in ways of thinking, different ideas and ways to approach a problem.
"I’ve benefited from working with great female colleagues over my career who have helped me to focus on getting all the facts about a situation, identify risks and mitigation strategies, and consider alternative solutions that I may not have thought of myself.”
Ezio believes the current boom in infrastructure development makes this the perfect time to be encouraging more women to pursue careers in engineering. These female engineers will become role models to inspire other women to join the engineering profession.
“In the coming years, there will be a mountain of work within engineering infrastructure environments, from transport, roads, rail, aviation, energy, water resources and ports and harbour developments. It is expected that the engineering profession will underpin all of these developing infrastructure environments for the benefit of our expanding population.
“There are some really exciting times ahead and I would love to look back in future years and think that I helped plant the seeds for the next generation of engineers to come through and help shape Victoria.”
Meet some of our women engineers
Senior Network Design Engineer
Who or what inspired you to enter the engineering profession?
“My uncle was an electrical engineer, so at the age of 18 I thought it was cool to study engineering. My passion only came about when I started working in the field and found the satisfaction of problem solving and learning about new things every day. I realised that I have found my true calling.”
Infrastructure Support Engineer
“My advice to up-and-coming engineers is to just ask questions. People love to talk about what they do. The more you ask, the more you realise people actually love to educate others on their projects, and there's nothing to be scared of in asking.”
Graduate Environmental Engineer, Environment Services Group
“For young women who desire to be creative and innovative, engineering has many specialisations that allow you to explore your ideas. My advice would be to really delve into the many pathways available at university that align with your interests, just like the opportunity I had to expand on my passions within an Environmental Engineering degree.”
Network Design Engineer, Customer Service and Delivery Team
“Inspiration to become an engineer comes from two people; my mother who always supported and encouraged me in trying to engineer and ‘fix stuff’ (and would not complain if I make things impossible to repair), and Nikola Tesla, my countryman of whose inventions and achievements I learned from a very young age. These two people made me realised that everything is possible if you put your heart and soul into it.”
Customer Relationship Manager, Infrastructure Design
"For me, becoming an engineer was about structure. Engineering is a discipline underpinned by process and procedure, allowing innovation to occur without forgetting the basics.”
Radio Engineer, Network Operations team
“People often think engineering is boring. It’s not at all, because there is much to learn. Engineers make things happen. With their logical minds they can bring ideas to life across many fields that betters people’s lives”