International Women in Engineering Day 2018

22nd June 2018

The International Women in Engineering website ( states:

“International Women in Engineering Day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women in engineering and focuses attention on the amazing career opportunities available to girls in this exciting industry. It celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers throughout the world”

As the engineering industry evolves and continues to grow we are seeing the introduction of more roles for woman. These roles some would argue have always been available just never filled by women. Impressively now we are seeing a shift in this pattern and it’s something that we at CalaChem are delighted to say we have noticed on our site.

Louise McFarlane
Mechanical Plant Engineer

“I would like to think I am a role model to my son and twin daughters. It is important for them all to see me in the STEM field as a Mechanical Engineer. It will help my girls to picture themselves within engineering in the future and it will help my son to learn from a young age that it is perfectly normal to have women engineers and hopefully break the stereotype.”

“Engineering is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game. It’s everyone’s game.”

“I used to not like being called a ‘woman mechanical engineer.’ I’m a mechanical engineer, not just a woman mechanical engineer. But now I see it as a strength, it reaffirms where women have come from and where we can end up, its inspirational.”

Engineers are vital to the success of CalaChem and its manufacturing. We have a number of women engineers and women working within the engineering industry with us at our manufacturing site in Grangemouth, these roles incorporate engineering, commercial and operations.

As well as our female engineers we also have women working in our Quality & Research and Development Laboratories who contribute to a truly diverse workforce.

Ann Burnett
Engineering Systems Administrator

“Having worked in an engineering environment for a number of years I am grateful for the opportunities that have been made available to me.

A career in engineering is exciting, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. I would recommend it to anyone.”

These skilled and talented women have carved the way for younger girls to pursue a career within engineering and have given them the confidence to apply for modern apprenticeships and graduate programmes.

Amy Hay
CalaChem Modern Apprentice

“The great thing about an engineering apprenticeship is the balance of academic classes, workshop tasks and on site visits which all create an individual learning experience like no other.

Throughout my apprenticeship CalaChem have been very supportive and have encouraged me to think about gaining a degree in engineering which is an excellent opportunity not many employers offer.”

We hope everyone enjoys celebrating International Women in Engineering Day 2018