Our MST Apprentice gives advice to those considering a career in engineering
To mark International Women in Engineering day we spoke to Katie Murray, our fourth year MST (Multi Skilled Technician) Apprentice. She has experienced the day to day life of the MST team in bottling, spirit supply, site services and has worked at Strathclyde Distillery as well as Chivas Brothers Paisley and Dalmuir sites.
Katie talks about what inspired her to work in the industry. She also gives some advice to other women considering a career in engineering.
“I wasn't encouraged to go into engineering when I left school – we were all urged to go to university. However, I wanted to start earning money right away and that’s why an apprenticeship programme appealed to me. I really enjoyed helping my dad out at home; I was very hands on in the garden and did a lot of DIY around the house, so that's also what inspired me.
“I would say that math and physics subjects in particular set you up for an engineering career. In terms of skills, you need to be good at problem solving and have plenty of confidence. You also need to be a good communicator due to the health and safety aspects.
“In terms of my advice to any women looking to get into a career in engineering, be willing to get stuck in from day one, it’s the quickest way to learn. Also, don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions. Those I’ve worked with across all the sites have gone out of their way to help teach me what they know from their years of experience. It's a great industry to work in, very supportive, varied and extremely interesting so I'd definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a more ‘hands on’ type of career.
“My four year apprenticeship comes to an end in August and I'm looking to specialise in an electrical biased role as a next step. I've had some great experience in this area and really enjoyed it. I would like to eventually get into the management side but conscious I have a lot to learn before then!”