Kiwi woman named Australasian Young Rail Engineer of the Year

It’s well known that the construction industry is male-dominated with women making up less than 1% of building and construction apprentices in New Zealand. Female engineers have fared slightly better at 13%, however it is clear that women are under-represented in the industry, and that’s why it’s fantastic to see a female doing superbly across the ditch as an engineer.

Esther Warren began her career working for Fulton Hogan in Nelson and Auckland until she made the move to Fulton Hogan Rail’s joint venture partner John Holland.

Esther has been involved with a number of large-scale projects in Australia including the $1.1 billion Gold Coast Desalination Plant, and more recently she has been working as a Project Engineer on Victoria’s Regional Rail Link.

Recently she has featured in Engineers Australia’s StrENGth initiative, aimed to increase the profile and connection of Australian engineers (See Esther’s YouTube campaign clip here).

It is great to see such a good example of female contribution in the construction industry, and with the Christchurch rebuild gathering momentum, we hope to see many other women following in Esther’s footsteps.

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