Female students at a Buchan school have been discovering how women are playing an increasingly prominent role in offshore engineering.
The nine ‘Energy Girls’ from Mintlaw Academy visited the Sparrows Group base at Bridge of Don and met female engineers who already work for the company which specialises in offshore lifting, crane and fluid power engineering.
In what is traditionally a male-dominated industry, the students saw how Sparrows female staff were involved in designing hydraulic and mechanical engineering systems and managing the maintenance regimes which, among other things, keep the massive cranes which are on every North Sea platform and rig operating safely and reliably.
“It was a real eye-opener”, said S3 pupil Iona Robertson.
“I learned a lot about career opportunities for women in the oil industry”, added Serena Clarke, also in S3.
The girls, who have been taking part in the Girls into Energy programme, toured the fluid power workshops at Sparrows, where hydraulics pumps and motors from cranes and other hydraulic equipment are stripped down, repaired and rebuilt to as-new condition. They also saw presentations by Bevin Gunn-Florence – the first female engineer to join Sparrows in 1996 – and Katy Crawford, one of Sparrows newest engineers, who joined the company after graduating from RGU.