The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland (BPEQ) is encouraging more women to take up engineering as the nation marks International Women’s Day.
Engineering is still largely regarded as a male profession with the number of female engineers numbering just 538 out of the 10,800 registered by BPEQ.
Chairperson Dawson Wilkie said it was important to address the gender imbalance and BPEQ had plans to increase female participation.
“Pleasingly, more and more women are choosing engineering as a profession”, said Mr Wilkie.
“As the body responsible for the administration and registration of engineers in Queensland it’s important that we do our part to promote and encourage this growth in our profession and we are currently looking at ways to achieve this”.
Julie Mitchell, Chief Engineer at the Department of Transport and Main Roads and a board member at BPEQ, said engineering was a great career choice for women.
“There were very few women in engineering when I first joined the workforce”, said Ms Mitchell.
“That is changing and employers have realised that employees, especially women, need workplace flexibility especially when their children are young, this is helping attract and keep women in engineering”.
Under current BPEQ Registrar Clare Murray the number of registered engineers has doubled from 5,000 to more than 10,000 and she says the proportion of registered female engineers is also growing
“In real terms the number of female engineers registered with BPEQ is low, but as a proportion it is increasing each and every year”, said Ms Murray.
“Our challenge is to maintain that upward trajectory”.
The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland is a statutory authority which administers the Professional Engineers Act and registers engineers who practice in Queensland.
For more information on BPEQ or the registration of engineers visit www.bpeq.qld.gov.au.
[ENDS] 9 March 2015
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