At Allied Protek, our core values (centered on knowledge, passion, innovation, integrity, customer service and nurturing talent) are ingrained across all our teams. As a whole, we’re composed of individuals in engineering, design, project management, procurement, administration and our fantastic tradesmen. This “Meet the Team” blog post series will give you a glimpse into our collaborative process and how we strive to deliver excellence in engineering for our clients.
Today we are featuring Lauren Scott, one of our Graduate Engineers, who will shed light on the amazing work that she does, with hope of inspiring more women around the world to consider Engineering as a career choice. Lauren graduated in 2019 in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University and joined Allied Protek’s team in January 2021.
How and when did you decide to become an engineer?
Engineering combines all the subjects I enjoyed at school including Physics, Chemistry and Maths. Having the opportunity to use these skills everyday along with the practical side of being an engineer encouraged me to pursue a degree in Chemical Engineering.
What inspires you as an engineer?
The opportunity to find solutions to real world problems such as creating new processes or improving existing ones is what inspires me as an engineer. Having the chance to work with the latest technology means there is always new things to learn and an ability to make a positive difference to many different industries.
What does a typical day in your job involve?
My typical day involves working with our fantastic clients to determine what they require from a product or system and arranging visits to site to understand their process. Along with the team at Allied Protek, I help to develop solutions by carrying out engineering calculations, drawing P&IDs and conducting supplier meetings.
What is the most exciting thing about your job?
The most exciting part of my job is having the chance to work with well-known clients in the food, pharmaceutical and agricultural industries. Helping to design and develop new systems for some of the most recognised brands and products has allowed me to become involved in lots of interesting projects in my first few months.
What challenges do women face in the Engineering professions/academia?
Although the profession is male dominated, being female hasn’t limited my opportunities or presented me with any challenges other than those faced as part of the role as an engineer. I am lucky to work within a company where I am supported by my colleagues and given opportunities to develop and progress in my career.
What would you say to girls in school/college who may be considering engineering as a career choice/study option?
There are so many roles within engineering that some girls aren’t made aware of when considering career options, so my advice would be to explore different industries as much as possible. If you have an interest in STEM subjects, then there will be a career in engineering that suits you.
If you’re interested in joining our brilliant team of professionals, please see our latest vacancies on the careers page.