Female Engineer Progresses Career
A female engineer has progressed through the levels at Bury College and is now on target to reach her career dream as the nation comes together to celebrate National Women in Engineering Day.
20 year old Bobbie Dowding completed her Level 3 Extended Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Bury College in June 2015 and went on to secure an apprenticeship at Krones, a leading manufacturer of filling and packaging technologies. The four year apprenticeship programme has allowed Bobbie to gain practical hands-on experience and further her academic studies as she returned to Bury College University Centre in September 2015 to undertake her HNC Electrical/Electronic Engineering.
The former Woodhey High School pupil is now nearing the end of her HNC and is looking forward to the next two years of her apprenticeship programme. This will involve specialised training on how to implement control systems integration and shadowing an engineer in a chosen specialisation.
Bobbie identified an interest in Engineering whilst at high school when she was challenged to make a doorbell. Realising that she had a skill for the subject, Bobbie decided to further her studies and enrol at Bury College. Leaving with two distinction stars and a distinction, Bobbie had the confidence to apply for the Electrical Engineering Apprenticeship at Krones and achieve her career dream of working in installation and commissioning of complex manufacturing control systems using Programmable Logic Controllers in companies with national and international markets.
Bobbie, who lives in Ramsbottom said, “I have always wanted to work as an engineer and I am really enjoying my apprenticeship. My Bury College Extended Diploma gave me good foundations as the facilities are really good and the tutors are enthusiastic with great knowledge. Completing my HNC was challenging however I have felt really supported by everyone.”
Alex Cooke, Bury College Curriculum Manager Engineering added, “With only 9% of the UK’s Engineering and Technology workforce comprising of females, the sector needs skilled, highly educated and hardworking Engineers like Bobbie. Bury College Engineering Team wishes her a successful future in her dream career and we are glad to have been a part of helping her to realise her goal.”
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