Actemium UK Women In Engineering

At Actemium, International Women in Engineering Day is very important to us, so this week we’re taking the opportunity to shout about our incredible female employees and the positive impact they are having on the industry!


Today in the spotlight, we have Grace Murphy, a Mechanical Design Apprentice at Actemium Design. Grace tells us about her achievements and challenges in the industry and her inspiration behind being a Woman in Engineering.

What inspired you to choose a career in Engineering? 

“What inspired me to choose a career in Engineering was the opportunity to express my creativity, build on my current knowledge and work alongside like-minded people in an innovative and challenging industry.” 

What is your proudest moment/biggest success working in the industry?

“One of my proudest moments has been representing Actemium Design in the rebrand event, taking the step forward with the company to become part of a wider, growing business and becoming more recognised in the nuclear industry.” 

What challenges (if any) have you faced, but have managed to overcome?

“I would say that the biggest challenge I faced was adapting to a new environment. Since working for Actemium Design for almost 9 months now, I feel that I get along with all my colleagues well, I feel proud of my personal development in the company and can see a great career ahead of me in nuclear engineering; whilst strengthening my relationship with Actemuim Design in the years to come.”

How has Actemium supported you in your career?

“Actemium Design has been very supportive in my learning and development in the company. I feel that I am able to reach my full potential with the help and support network around me including my mentor, line manager and all other colleagues. Actemuim Design has supported me by aiding with the development of my engineering capabilities including training in, AutoCAD, Inventor, 3DS MAX, ReCap and other softwares. I have also been given the opportunity to explore VR and apply this to the nuclear industry. Recently, I successfully and independently gave a VR demonstration to my fellow colleagues in the VR suite using 3DS MAX Interactive.”

What would you say to girls in school/college who may be considering Engineering as a career choice/study option?

“From my own experience of being a woman entering the engineering industry, I would say that if you have a passion for problem solving, are a logical thinker, and are a creative person who has an interest in new and innovative technologies then Engineering is a career you should go into. I feel that Actemium recognises good engineers, regardless of their gender. Although engineering is still very male dominated, there is a growing number of women , like myself, pursuing a career in the industry; so don’t be afraid- if engineering is your passion and you see yourself working and developing in this sector, take the step to a fruitful career.”


Come back tomorrow to hear from another of our incredible female engineers.