Amy Jones

Amy Jones

Engineering Apprentice, Electronics Interconnection

What inspired you to do engineering?

My inspiration is my great-grandfather, who was a tool maker during the Second World War, and my grandad, who was an electrical fault finder. Their passion for engineering is what sparked my curiosity in engineering, and has also helped me to get to where I am now in my career. It was important to me that I kept engineering in the family.

Why did you want to work at NPL?

I wanted to mix my passion for engineering with my passion to help make a difference in the world. Being part of the NPL engineering services team was a dream to me, as it enabled me to contribute to the ground-breaking research and innovative work NPL does.

What do you do day-to-day?

Currently I am completing a practical part of my apprenticeship, which allows me to be in the engineering workshop and learn through supporting current science experiments. I am developing my skills on manual milling and late machines, which are commonly used in engineering.

What it's like being a female engineer and why it's important to raise awareness of women engineers?

To me, being a female engineer is quite an achievement. Being able to work well alongside so many qualified engineers inspires me to want to be the best I can be.

There are no gender barriers or limitations at NPL, as engineering employees are recognised by the quality of their work mainly, as well as the speed in which a job can be accurately completed.

Due to the shortage of women in STEM careers generally, to me, raising awareness of female engineers is an important task. The ratio of male to female engineers is significant, and to me this is difficult to comprehend, as gender specific roles have been diminishing over time. But it seems engineering is still a vastly male dominated sector.

One of the best ways to highlight that engineering is applicable to both genders is through the INWED awareness campaigns, which inspires women to step forward into the world of engineering, as well as support the movement of breaking down the gender division barriers in industry.