Stanwell’s women engineers make their mark

23 June 2020

Does a life filled with learning, travelling around the world, solving complex problems and having a genuine impact on the operations of a business appeal to you? Those are just some of the opportunities provided through a career in engineering (along with analysing the odd spreadsheet!).

As Tuesday 23 June marks International Women in Engineering Day, some of Stanwell’s women working across various fields of engineering share their insights into what makes a meaningful and lasting career.

Stanwell Asset Management & Operational Risk Manager, Sian Miller, says engineering has offered her the opportunity to work all over the world.

“Over the course of my career, I’ve worked in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and throughout Australia – there has never been a dull moment and I’ve never stopped learning,” Sian says.

“I’ve been able to have a tangible impact on the success of the companies I’ve worked for, by developing solutions which have driven major operational efficiencies and cost savings. When you can see the difference you’re making, it really makes every day at work worthwhile!

“My advice to anyone thinking of working as an engineer would be to always take up any opportunities you have to work on site, and talk to the operators and maintainers, as it’s the fastest way to learn. There is no substitute for seeing things yourself in the field!

“I also think it’s really important to build strong interpersonal relationships with your colleagues as the sector isn’t as big as you would think, so you will continue to cross paths with the same people throughout your career!”

Meanwhile, Stanwell’s Tarong power stations Operations Manager, Liz Beavis, who graduated as a Chemical Engineer in 2004, recommends getting as much work experience as you can before you start your career.

“At Stanwell, we’re always open to giving engineering students work experience opportunities as it’s a great way to test out if this really is the career for you,” Liz said.

“Engineering offers the opportunity to solve complex problems and work with other disciplines across the business to create new solutions.

“At school, I loved chemistry and building things, so I thought that chemical engineering would allow me to turn those two interests into a career. In reality, it opened up so many other opportunities as chemical engineering is all about understanding systems and processes, and this has ultimately led to me taking a leadership role at Tarong Power Station.”

As part of Stanwell’s strategy to build capability by engaging talented people, we are currently seeking expressions of interest from women studying engineering, who are interested work experience, mentoring and graduate employment opportunities. Click here for more information.