Never underestimating the importance of relationships and networking

Over the last two and a half years, Maintenance Superintendent Katie has been making her mark at Alcoa’s Kwinana Alumina Refinery in Western Australia, where she leads a team of over 50 employees.

Her current role is allowing her to expand her skills and knowledge while meeting new people and leading a large team.

With a double degree in Mechanical Engineering and Commerce from the University of Swinburne in Melbourne, Victoria, Katie’s passion for engineering was sparked in high school by an inspirational teacher who helped her realise physics could be fun.

Her advice to future female engineers is about resilience, ambition and relationships. Katie said remaining resilient when dealing with others’ perceptions of being a young female in a male-dominated field, being open about her career aspirations and never underestimating the importance of relationships and networking, had been keys to her success to date.