Enhanced by engineering: Celebrating our women in technical roles

June 24, 2024

Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) operates as a logistics business, providing benchmark export services to our customers and linking their products with international energy markets. We acknowledge our workforce’s gender imbalance openly and actively work to address it through various initiatives. This includes obtaining a five-year exemption from the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. This allows us to conduct targeted recruitment drives for trade and technical roles, with a focus on increasing representation of women in technical roles.

This exemption has led to increased representation of women in our technical roles, contributing to our business’s flourishing. This Women in Engineering Day, we’re not only celebrating our degree-qualified engineers but also highlighting our trade-qualified technicians and technical specialists.

During this occasion, we posed important questions to these inspirational women about their careers in heavy industry, the reasons behind choosing their apprenticeships, and what they find fulfilling about their jobs. Below are insights from some of our technical specialists.

Meet some of the NCIG women driving our engineering and technical achievements.

Alana Buresti, Electrical Apprentice

Emma Jenkins, Technician (Electrical)

Alison Macready, IT Specialist

Emma Creasey, Structural Engineer

Naomi Dockrill, Technology Manager

Antonia Moncreiff, Technician (Electrical)

Nicole O'Hearn, Senior Structural Engineer

Lisa Reid, Junior Software Developer

How does diversity enhance our engineering outcomes?

Diversity of any kind is a positive. Diversity seeds innovation, creativity and offers opportunity for conflicting opinions to surface which drives robust outcomes. By bringing together people of varying background, gender, age and ability, we’ve seen our technical teams continue to flourish. We continue to review our gender imbalance and are actively working to address this with ongoing programs like our NCIG HunterWiSE Women in STEM scholarships at the University of Newcastle and other industry outreach programs that empower women to engage with STEM-careers.

As a business, we’re proud to offer our team opportunity for ongoing training development and recognition through internal reward structures.