Wimborne, UK - Following the countrywide success of National Women in Engineering Day last month, female pupils from two local Dorset Schools were invited to visit Cobham Mission Systems’ world class engineering facility on 4th July to learn about career path options for Women in Engineering.
During the day, the group consisting of 13-16 years olds from Bournemouth School for Girls and Corfe Hills School were given a full tour of the Wimborne site, which is home to Cobham’s world-famous Air to Air refueling technology. Six female engineers from across the business shared their individual career stories, highlighting the different ways in which they gained entry to the profession. The students were given the opportunity to see the products which the presenters were working on and they also received a walk through the shop floor and a live testing demonstration of Cobham’s Air to Air Refuelling equipment.
Claire Johnson (CEng) Development and Engineering Manager who lead the day said:
“We want to encourage more girls into the engineering sector by raising awareness about what engineers really do. The diversity of rewarding and exciting careers that an engineering qualification can open up is immense and it is essential that young would-be engineers are shown them.”
“Using maths and science we are able to design and develop innovative solutions which ultimately help to shape the future –a future which they could play an important part in engineering!”
Lisa Johnson from Corfe Hills School added “Our girls at Corfe Hills were inspired by the enthusiasm and ability of the staff at Cobham. In a historically male embedded industry it was great for them to have greater understanding of a career in engineering and be encouraged by strong, powerful females. It opened their eyes to the world of engineering, seeing the impact it has on their everyday lives and the opportunities of this career path.
Engineers at Cobham Mission Systems work in a wide range of engineering disciplines for the Defence Industry including mechanical, electrical, materials and software. Engineering projects involve equipment for a range of high profile Military aircraft including the Boeing KC-46, the F-35 Lightning II and Eurofighter.
About Cobham Mission Systems
The most capable critical control solutions for extreme environments.
As the world’s leading supplier of critical control solutions, we help our customers to increase the safety and mission capabilities of their personnel and equipment in extreme environments.
Our proven and trusted solutions in air-to-air refuelling, life support, weapons carriage and unmanned systems, deliver assured performance and class-leading through-life costs that enable our customers to bring complex projects to market quickly, and with minimal risk.
The most important thing we build is trust.
Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
We employ around 11,000 people primarily in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.
The challenging and rewarding roles we offer, across a wide range of disciplines are what make Cobham a true global technology and services leader. To view our current roles visit www.cobham.com/careers.