22 JUN 2018

Women in engineering: Meet the BakerHicks engineers raising the bar

As part of our International Women in Engineering Day celebrations, meet the engineers at BakerHicks raising the bar for women in the industry.

On 23 June its International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), a campaign designed to help raise the profile of women in engineering and promote the opportunities available to women within the industry. We have some hugely talented women here at BakerHicks working across our disciplines and sectors; let us introduce you to a couple of them:

Anna Gebert, BREEAM Assessor

What is your role?

I am a BREEAM Assessor for BakerHicks, which means working closely with multi-disciplinary team members to achieve the desired BREEAM rating on a project. I help them understand the BREEAM rating criteria and adopt the highest possible sustainability standards.

How did you get into engineering?

I’ve always been passionate about ecology and protecting the environment, by the time I left school I knew I wanted to be an environmental engineer. In my home country, Russia, this was a very new profession and only a couple of universities offered the course I wanted to study. I had to work exceptionally hard to get on the course, but it was worth it. Both at university and once I’d left, I made the most of every opportunity to gain knowledge and experience that came my way. As a result I’ve worked for in Russia, Finland, Germany and the UK, as an environmental expert/auditor, a lecturer and on a number of international environmental programmes and projects.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I really enjoy working closely with teams across the disciplines and motivating them to create sustainable value and reduce the impact on the environment. I now have over 11 years of experience in my chosen field and love that every day I am working towards securing the future of our planet and providing a better quality of life.

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Anna Gebert, BREEAM Assessor.

Nikki Wall, Assistant Engineer – Civil & Structural

What is your role?

I’m a Civil & Structural Engineer. This involves working on the design for a huge variety of projects right from the initial feasibility and concept stages through to checking fabrication drawings on buildings and completion. This can be on anything from a pharmaceutical facility or power station to a railway station or school.

How did you get into engineering?

Like most 14 year olds I had no idea what I wanted to do for a career, I knew I liked Maths and Science but that was about it. My teacher suggested a work experience placement in engineering and arranged for me to come to BakerHicks for a week. When I went I had absolutely no idea what an engineer was even, but by the end of the week I was sold. I loved it so much I came back every year till I was 18.

The team here helped me choose the right university course and career path for me and I came back on paid placements throughout my degree. BakerHicks then sponsored me through my masters and I was lucky enough to be employed here as a Graduate Engineer at the end of my course.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Problem solving is undoubtedly my favourite part of my job. I feel like I’m continually learning and gaining technical knowledge. It’s hugely rewarding to take a problem or a challenge on a design, work it out and then see the project go through to construction, you really feel like you’re part of something much wider than your individual tasks.

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Nikki Wall, Assistant Engineer - Civil & Structural. 

For more information on International Women in Engineering Day 2018, head over to: http://www.inwed.org.uk/

To find out more about careers at BakerHicks, please visit: http://morgansindallgroupcareers.com/bakerhicks