As the second installation in our series of blogs highlighting the work of females engineers we are very lucky to have this piece from Ritika Pawar, a technical support engineer working at Intertek. Another interesting journey into working in industrial engineering, and the options for promoting engineering outside of work!
Presently I work as Technical Support Engineer at Intertek – Calibration and metering services. I have Bachelor’s degree in Instrumentation & Control Engineering from India and an MSc degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen UK.
I work for Intertek – C&MS and I am the first Women Engineer of the site. Joining this team just after post-graduation was very exciting. However with no initial training at workplace the tasks was a bit challenging.
The division where I work provides a comprehensive range of specialised technical services e.g. Meter and Prover Calibration, calibration service for different parameters like Electrical,Dimensional, Pressure, Density and Temperature. And all the service are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited.
Only in few months after starting my job I understood the essential functions effectively and took additional responsibilities. This helped the management in operational performance and me in growing in the company.
I provide technical support in various projects to the team. Attend meeting with clients to discuss operational issues and future work. Follow up on enquiries from the suppliers.
Schedule, plan and resource work and communicate with clients. I believe the oil and gas industry is one of the most promising industries, offering a vast variety of opportunities. It is an attractive sector in which you can expand your knowledge and meet different people. It’s an exciting and dynamic profession and provides an opportunity to travel, offers interesting and varied work, good career prospects and earning potential. This industry challenges you in every way possible and I love facing these challenges.
Experience till date has taught me that to grow in a workplace, effective communication is very important. In fact, networking and communicating is one of the most important aspects in today’s life. I believe the secret of life is to learn and develop each day. Never stop in life and keep innovating yourself.
Networking is one of the biggest reasons of me being active in other organizations apart from my work. I would suggest young engineers to get involved in some extra activities whenever possible. I was lucky enough to get mentors from the Industry professionals during my engineering and trust it is my time to give back to the society.
Outside my work I am involved with a not for profit professional organisation SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers) Being part of this society it gives an opportunity to meet various people of the same industry under one roof. It helps in building successful working relationships in a multi-cultural industry. I volunteer as the Chair of the Student Development Committee. This role demands visiting Scottish Universities including Herriot Watt University Edinburgh, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen, Strathclyde University and Dundee University. The visits to the University incorporate addressing graduate and postgraduate students in petroleum related courses. Explaining the benefits of being student SPE member and encourage them to be part of SPE as it offers many great opportunities with free membership for students.
My motive is to promote STEM subjects amongst Women in Universities and school kids. I am a registered STEMNET Ambassador and we inspire young people in STEM, we make them understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life.
Lastly, I would advise the young engineers to love what you do and do believe that being an
Engineer means adapting to challenges.