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I always had a passion for engineering, in school I was always the only girl in my science and technology classes who actually found things interesting and fun. I definitely had some people tell me that I couldn’t be an engineer, however that just made me want to succeed even more! I couldn’t be happier with the choices I made to get where I am today!

Today I’m a Graduate Civil Engineer working for a Local Government organisation, a council. I work in the Public Works sector because I’m passionate about making a difference and contributing to the community in which I live.  Working for the Council also means that I get to work on a variety of projects, across a variety of areas and with all sorts of other professions. And in doing this, I get to shape the future of the built environment, the foundations of our societies and the future that generations to come will enjoy; and that is pretty inspirational.

Recently I joined Young IPWEA because I saw it as an opportunity to network, to meet people just like me with similar, but diverse experiences and to share those experiences and help each other with real-life matters.  It is a way to gain industry knowledge and learn about new ideas, apply new technologies and learn about professional development opportunities like the recent career development workshop at the IPWEA NSW State Conference. IPWEA is working to ensure engineering becomes more inclusive with more female engineers, more engineers from diverse backgrounds and we want to embrace engineers with disabilities. Young IPWEA can work together to transform the profile of our industry.

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  • 21 Mar

    Dream Big Project

    Pocket Sally joined the team from Dream Big Project / Movement on Monday 19th March 2018 at the CQ University in Rockhampton. The team and Pocket Sally inspired yound females to join Engineering and other STEM careers with lots of...
  • 09 Mar

    Ministers’ Women for Local Government...

    The number of empowering women gathered together at Parliament House to celebrate the Ministers’ Women in Local Government Awards 2018 was influential. Cate Fennell, Parkes Shire Council was awarded Highly Commended for the Women in a Non-Traditional Role – Rural...
  • 08 Mar

    Christina Suarez, Future Engineer

    Christina Suarez a year 11 student from Randwick Girls’ High School is working on building the sydney metro. Christina is only 15 years old but is currently doing a Civil Construction Certificate II through TAFE and a traineeship with construction...
  • 10 Jan

    IPWEA NSW Regional Forums 2018

    Don’t miss out on our REGISTER FOUR  – PAY FOR THREE campaign Discount code: ONEFORFREE IPWEA (NSW) is pleased to announce that the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, the Hon Andrew Constance has confirmed his attendance at the South East...
  • 20 Nov

    Real Life Pocket Sally

      Cate Fennell, an undergraduate studying Bachelor of Engineering majoring in Civil, is pushing for change when it comes to gender equality in the workplace. After trying several different careers, she was lured into the Mining boom and worked as...
  • 18 Oct

    Build A Bridge 2017

    BUILD A BRIDGE…& GET OVER IT!… ® ENGINEERING CAMP 2017 Riverina Eastern Region Organisation of Councils (REROC) in partnership with career development organisation COMPACT Inc. and supported by IPWEA Australasia NSW, held the Build a Bridge… & Get Over It!...