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Introduction to Engineering Day at Craddys: International Women in Engineering Day 2019.

What is International Women in Engineering Day?

International Women in Engineering Day (IWED) is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering. With it still being a largely male dominated industry, IWED highlights the amazing career opportunities that women have within the industry. Craddys are always proud to support the campaign and this year celebrated the event by inviting female students from local secondary schools to visit the office to find out more about structural and civil engineering and to encourage them to think about a career in the industry.

Craddys Introduction to Engineering Day

Our goal was to provide the students with a greater insight into the industry so that the students could consider engineering as a potential future career. One insight into engineering was provided by Director, Colin Davidson, who talked about his path into engineering, through his career to his position today of Managing Director of Craddys. Other staff, including Directors and female engineers at Craddys, prepared several workshops to introduce the students to various areas including structural design, flood risk and highway design.

For the structural elements, students were challenged to build a strong and tall tower using only paper and cellotape. The strength of the towers were tested by a powerful wind load (in the form of an office fan) and measures were taken to strengthen the towers. Interestingly, even though each group was giving the same materials, the towers built by the students varied greatly in design and construction method. Some withstood the testing better than others!

The flood risk workshop included a demonstration using a model of a housing estate (built by our ingenious workforce) and lots of water! Our engineers demonstrated how building in a flood zone can cause engineering challenges and then invited the students to find strategies to reduce the risk of flooding. The highways workshop offered the students the chance to try out some tracking software, driving around a virtual industrial estate navigating corners and roundabouts and ideally avoiding mounting the payments.

After lunch with some of the staff, the students were given the opportunity to walk around a building using the latest virtual reality software. Lastly, the girls were able to interact with the engineers in the office who talked them through various live projects and their impact on the built environment and answered any questions the students had about the projects and life in general as an engineer.

We hope that the girls enjoyed their time and now have a greater awareness into the industry! We could have some new local graduates in a few years to come!