International Women in Engineering Day – Caterina Chiofalo

To mark International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June, Caterina Chiofalo, Technical Detailer at IG Masonry Support provides an interesting insight into the world of engineering. She shares how she developed a career in engineering to get hands-on experience in the construction industry after graduating as an architect. She also explains how she gets job satisfaction from seeing her projects coming to life from beginning to end, from the initial design to construction on site.


What made you want to develop a career in engineering?

I came to the UK after studying and qualifying as an architect, I wanted to learn about construction and detailing and get some hands-on site experience of buildings under construction. When I got the opportunity to work as a technical detailer for IG Masonry Support I thought it would be a great chance to learn more technical aspects of the engineering and construction world that other architects don’t often learn.


Describe your normal working day?

My working day is very varied, I communicate with clients and consult architectural and structural drawings to design systems as part of a team with other engineers and detailers. We provide clients with the best solution for their needs and solve any kind of issue from the design, to the production, to the installation on site.


What is your favourite thing about your job?

Every project is a different challenge. I enjoy working collaboratively with a team where we put together our skills and knowledge to achieve the best results. It’s also interesting having the chance to communicate both with clients and factory workers, it’s great to see your project coming to life from beginning to end, from the initial design to construction on site.


What has been your career highlight to date?

I enjoy having the opportunity to meet clients and visit the building site. I can discuss my design with them and explain what we do face-to-face. It is great to see the real façade of a building that had begun life as drawing on my computer.


What advice would you give to women considering a career in engineering?

If you really want to start this career, don’t be discouraged during your journey by the thought that the engineering and construction industry is a male-dominated field. I think that women have the ability to think of many aspects of a project at the same time and be very accurate. These skills are essentials to excel in the construction and engineering sectors. So keep your confidence up and always aim high because if you work hard you will be rewarded for your efforts, no matter if you are a man or a woman.