Women in Engineering

We encourage and celebrate diversity because broader perspectives, skills, experience and knowledge will enrich and enhance the value we bring to each other, our clients and other stakeholders.

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When many people imagine an engineer, they still don’t see a woman in that role. Integral is working hard to break the stereotypes and bring more diversity to its workforce. We want our workplace to be a community where everyone has a say, and innovation thrives. We want to build, grow and support teams that reflect our diverse customer base. Find out more about some of our engineers below.

Alissa Cornish

“I grew up taking things apart to see how they work and take pride being a female engineer. To quote most of my customers "girl power!" There are plenty of times when a woman is preferred -with vulnerable people, single mums, elderly, women's changing rooms etc and clients believe we listen and explain things to them more.”

Alissa's Story
Alissa Cornish
Plumber & Trainee Gas Engineer
“I grew up taking things apart to see how they work and take pride being a female engineer. To quote most of my customers "girl power!" There are plenty of times when a woman is preferred -with vulnerable people, single mums, elderly, women's changing rooms etc and clients believe we listen and explain things to them more.”

How long have you been with Integral?

Since the 6th April 2021

Where do you work now?

I am a plumber for the south West area covering Bristol, Cheltenham and Bath. I’m also a trainee gas engineer.

How did you get into the industry / what attracted you to the industry? What are your career ambitions/aspirations?

I’ve never been the type to suit an office job. My dad could fix a lot of things and always encouraged me when it came to using tools. I grew up taking things apart to see how they work, with the intention to put them back together but – kids get bored!

What jobs or roles have you held previously before this?

Once I qualified as a plumber I worked with a taps and showers company before moving on to an industrial steam boiler company in order to achieve my ambition of becoming gas qualified. Unfortunately, Covid got in the way, however that led to me getting a job with Integral – which is great!

What kind of things are you dealing with in typical day at work and how do you think you make a difference?

I complete a variety of jobs daily, anything from replacing a tap to fixing a desk. Since I am a plumber, my main focus are plumbing jobs which makes a difference for several staff over several locations. Many of my jobs are because a tap or toilet isn’t working, or they don’t have hot water so they’re very happy to see me.

What do you enjoy about it– what are you passionate about, what are you proud of in relation to your job?

I enjoy all aspects of it, apart from blocked urinals! I love the variety and I take pride in the results of all my training over the years.

Many people assume engineering is ‘male’ career. What would you say to any girls or women considering a career in engineering?

Girls, we do it much better! I get several compliments along the lines of “should have got a woman out to start with!” It is still a very male dominated career, so you do need to be prepared to be in a man’s world, but I’ve found that my team are very accepting and welcoming. I take pride being a female engineer and you’ll find so many people love a woman turning up! To quote most of my customers “girl power!”

How do you think having more women in engineering would benefit the team and the clients?

I believe women typically are different to men in approach to work. Sometimes a woman’s perspective pays off and clients believe we listen to them more. I explain things to the customers whereas a lot of the male engineers just get the job done and head on out to the next job. There are also plenty of times when a women is preferred such as with vulnerable people, single mums, elderly, women’s changing rooms etc…

Is there anything else you want to mention about working at Integral or in engineering? Any other things people would be surprised, inspired by or interested to hear?

If any of you are hesitant to get into engineering because you’re worried about being surrounded by men and uncomfortable jokes etc.. don’t be! You’ll be very surprised, at Integral everyone I’ve met has been very friendly and polite gentleman. They make you feel part of the team and aren’t the type of blokes you see on TV!

Carrie-Ann Perkins

"Integral have invested in my development and given me a wonderful career that I love. More women in engineering will bring more ideas and concepts to the table, which benefits everyone.
There is never a day that I don’t want to go to work and it’s a lot less daunting that some may think."

Carrie-Ann's Story
Carrie-Ann Perkins
Project Manager in Commercial Refrigeration
"Integral have invested in my development and given me a wonderful career that I love. More women in engineering will bring more ideas and concepts to the table, which benefits everyone.

How long have you been with Integral?

10 years in September

Where do you work now?

I am a Project Manager in Commercial Refrigeration working in the Leicester Branch.

How did you get into the industry / what attracted you to the industry? What are your career ambitions/aspirations?

I took a temporary job cleaning hire fridges when they came back from hire. I am happy currently in my role, it is challenging, fast paced and incredibly varied so it keeps me alert. But I would like to look at what opportunities will be open to me further down the line.

What jobs or roles have you held previously before this?

I have had a variety of jobs from pub landlord to cashier to security guard.

What kind of things are you dealing with in typical day at work and how do you think you make a difference?

A typical office day will involve looking at program of works, ensuring orders are placed, talking to customers, consultants and contractors to ensure everyone is updated, cost control of my jobs, health and safety documentation and making sure all documentation is in place. A day on site generally involves dealing with issues, making sure site agents are kept updated, ensuring our engineers have all they need and checking everything is running smoothly.

What do you enjoy about it– what are you passionate about, what are you proud of in relation to your job?

I love the feeling of looking at a completed project and feeling proud of the job we have delivered; I love solving the challenges that come up and I love the camaraderie and site banter.

Many people assume engineering is ‘male’ career. What would you say to any girls or women considering a career in engineering?

Engineering is still very male dominated, its very rare for there to be other females involved in my sites across all trades, however it’s a very engaging and fun atmosphere and it’s a lot less daunting than some may think.

How do you think having more women in engineering would benefit the team and the clients?

I think more women in engineering can only ever be a good thing, more diversity brings more ideas and concepts to the table, it brings different approaches and thought processes which benefits everyone.

Is there anything else you want to mention about working at Integral or in engineering? Any other things people would be surprised, inspired by or interested to hear?

I have never had a ‘career’ before starting at Integral, only ever jobs that were “ok for now”. Integral have invested in my development and given me a wonderful career that I love, there is never a day that I don’t want to go to work and I think that speaks volumes.

Stacey Rollinson

“I love the fact that I have a hands-on job, no two days are ever the same and the job satisfaction when I repair a broken boiler, or fix a leak. One of our clients has residents that have suffered domestic violence. Having me complete their annual servicing and breakdowns is a massive benefit to them.”

Stacey's Story
Stacey Rollinson
Gas Engineer
“I love the fact that I have a hands-on job, no two days are ever the same and the job satisfaction when I repair a broken boiler, or fix a leak. One of our clients has residents that have suffered domestic violence. Having me complete their annual servicing and breakdowns is a massive benefit to them.”

How long have you been with Integral?

I’ve been with integral for over 8 years now.

Where do you work now?

I’m currently working on the anchor contract as a commercial and domestic gas service and breakdown engineer.

How did you get into the industry / what attracted you to the industry? What are your career ambitions/aspirations?

My mum’s friend was a gas engineer and knew I was looking for hands-on work. I’d been made redundant from my previous job, he knew of an apprenticeship that was coming up and told me to go for it. I was older than the others at college and of course I was the only female, that didn’t bother me as I was used to male oriented roles, having done welding since I left school. I completed a 3 year apprenticeship and became fully qualified in July 2008. My aspirations are to complete the nebosh qualification and go into the health and safety side of the business, whilst still keeping my hand in on the tools.

What jobs or roles have you held previously before this?

I completed an apprenticeship as a fabricator welder when I left school, until I was made redundant in 2003. I found out I was pregnant not long after, and had my little boy in 2004.

What kind of things are you dealing with in typical day at work and how do you think you make a difference?

I complete a variety of jobs daily, anything from replacing a tap to fixing a desk. Since I am a plumber, my main focus are plumbing jobs which makes a difference for several staff over several locations. Many of my jobs are because a tap or toilet isn’t working, or they don’t have hot water so they’re very happy to see me.

What do you enjoy about it– what are you passionate about, what are you proud of in relation to your job?

I love the fact that no 2 days are ever the same, I love the job satisfaction when I repair a broken boiler or fix a leak. With working on the same contract for such a long time, I have got to know most of the residents and built up such a good rapport with them. To some I may be the only person they’ve seen or spoken to in days.

Many people assume engineering is ‘male’ career. What would you say to any girls or women considering a career in engineering?

I love having a hands-on job, thinking on my feet and most of all love the challenges. You don’t need to physically be strong to do my job, I know my limitations and my male colleagues are more than happy to help me out. If you believe you can do it, you will achieve. In fact I have just accepted a new position with Integral as a Gas Supervisor at the University of Liverpool.

How do you think having more women in engineering would benefit the team and the clients?

There will always be a place for women in engineering. There is a client of Integral’s who have residents that have suffered domestic violence. Having me complete their annual servicing and breakdowns is massive to them as their own gas contractors don’t have any female engineers at all.

Is there anything else you want to mention about working at Integral or in engineering? Any other things people would be surprised, inspired by or interested to hear?

Don’t doubt your capabilities. Small hands and patience is what’s needed, especially when dealing with domestic breakdowns.

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