FREEIntroduction to Uptime Elements Reliability Framework and Asset Management System

In the UK, just one in six (16 per cent) engineering undergraduates are women.  In the US, less than one in five engineering graduates are female (18 per cent).

The number of women leaving the engineering profession is also concerning with some estimates suggesting over half of female engineers are opting for alternative careers or other lifestyle choices. In the US, it is estimated that as few as one in ten (11 per cent) of people currently working in engineering are women.

In recent years, some research has challenged the traditional thinking about why recruitment and retention of women engineers remains disappointing.

In 2011, a survey of 5,500 women with engineering degrees in the US found that those who did not pursue engineering careers (10 per cent) and those who left their engineering careers (29 per cent) indicated ‘workplace climate’ as the main reason. A lack of flexibility, respect and support were all considered more important than perceived traditional ‘family reasons’ for deciding to leave the profession.

New US research published in the Journal of Vocational Behaviour has taken a closer look at some of the issues and made early attempts to predict behaviour patterns which lead to women exiting the profession early. The developing research could influence management approaches, as well employee intervention and retention strategies in the future.

Using a sample of over 2,000 women engineers, the research used Social Cognitive Career Theory (SCCT) – why people choose their career – alongside ‘turnover theory’ – why people choose to leave their jobs or career.

The research asked a series of questions including: the levels of confidence to deliver specific engineering tasks; expectations and rewards of performing well in the job; job satisfaction, commitment to their employer; development opportunities such as training; and likelihood of leaving their job.

The results showed some close relationships between the two theories – SCCT and turnover – and may help to explain why so many women fail to enter and leave the profession. The research also confirmed the importance of training and development to retaining more female engineers in the workplace.

Dr Alana Collis, equality and diversity policy lead for the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), said: “Chemical engineering has a higher proportion of women than most other strands of engineering. Around one in four chemical engineering undergraduates are women.

“However, there is a very sensitive balance of factors at play highlighted by the research. More women need the encouragement and confidence in their ability to enter the profession and stay in it. The theories suggest they also need to feel confident that the rewards are there if they perform well in a male dominated profession. As soon as this confidence breaks down job satisfaction falls and commitment to their employer reduces. Once this happens turnover theory predicts there is an increased risk of leaving the engineering professions.

“One major point highlighted by the research was the crucial role of training, development and support. This is not just about making sure women engineers perform engineering tasks well. It’s also about helping women to manage multiple work-life roles and even managing the political landscape of a male dominated work environment.

”The good news is that the loss of so many female engineers from the profession is preventable in many cases. It is clear that HR strategies need to become more sophisticated and a greater number of female role models need to break through the engineering ‘glass ceiling’ if the profession is to become more diverse”, concluded Dr Collis.

Upcoming Events

August 8 - August 10, 2023

Maximo World 2023

View all Events
banner
80% of Reliabilityweb.com newsletter subscribers report finding something used to improve their jobs on a regular basis.
Subscribers get exclusive content. Just released...MRO Best Practices Special Report - a $399 value!
DOWNLOAD NOW
Internet of Things Vendors Disrupting the Asset Condition Management Domain at IMC-2022

Internet of Things Vendors Disrupting the Asset Condition Management Domain at IMC-2022 The 36th International Maintenance Conference collocated with the RELIABILITY 4.0 Digital Transformation Conference [East]

Asset Management Technology

The aim of the Asset Management technology domain is to assure that IT/OT systems are focused on creating the value from the assets and that the business can deliver to achieve organizational objectives as informed by risk.

TRIRIGAWORLD AWARDS at MaximoWorld 2022

TRIRIGAWORLD AWARDS honors excellence in space optimization and facility management, A Reliabilityweb.com event to further advance asset management

IMC-2022 Who's Who: The World's Best Run Companies

The International Maintenance Conference (IMC) provides a fresh, positive community-based curated experience to gain knowledge and a positive perspective for advancing reliability and asset management through people, their managers, the strategy, the processes, the data and the technology. The world’s best-run companies are connecting the workforce, management, assets and data to automate asset knowledge that can be leveraged for huge beneficial decisions.

Uptime Elements Root Cause Analysis

Root Cause Analysis is a problem solving method. Professionals who are competent in Root Cause Analysis for problem solving are in high demand.

Reliability Risk Meter

The asset is not concerned with the management decision. The asset responds to physics

Why Reliability Leadership?

If you do not manage reliability culture, it manages you, and you may not even be aware of the extent to which this is happening!

Asset Condition Management versus Asset Health Index

Confusion abounds in language. Have you thought through the constraints of using the language of Asset Health?

Seven Chakras of Asset Management by Terrence O'Hanlon

The seven major asset management chakras run cross-functionally from the specification and design of assets through the asset lifecycle to the decommissioning and disposal of the asset connected through technology

Reliability Leader Fluid Cleanliness Pledge

Fluid Cleanliness is a Reliability Achievement Strategy as well as an asset life extension strategy