Sweetie, what has been your background ?
I live in Mauritius where I am originally from and I obtained my Manufacturing Engineering degree from the University of Mauritius (equivalent to a Bac+5 in France).
I joined Ekium AMIIO in 2008 as an Engineer.
What were your professional experiences ?
When I joined Consultec (which became part of Ekium in 2015), I worked on cement projects where we did manual surveys on site, 3D scanning was not yet born! It was sometimes laborious and very learning. The objective of these surveys was to reconstruct the 3D model of the installations.
Then I switched to the general installation business with a project to move a factory from Spain to Egypt. I started working on PDMS modelling, which allowed me to train and evolve as an E3D/PDMS Administrator in 2009.
In simple terms, my role is to develop tools, a catalogue of objects and user guides so that users can generate the expected deliverables.
Then, the desire to be in direct contact with the realization of works, in order to enrich my skills and my business vision, led me to collaborate 2 years with a Shell franchisee.
In 2015, I made my comeback at Consultec, now Ekium, as PDMS Administrator and Project Manager.
What do you like about your job ?
The diversity of projects and sectors that force me to leave my comfort zone: I can work in oil & gas as well as nuclear.
I like to provide a technical solution that can evolve from the existing one, to set up systems and provide the right solution.
Had you imagined this career path ?
No, not everything! I will probably make people laugh, I wanted to be a Princess!
When I was a teenager, I would have liked to become an aeroplane pilot but this was not possible in Mauritius and my size did not match the standard! So I chose the path of engineering and I don’t regret it.
You have just been promoted to Technical Manager with a hierarchical role, what kind of manager would you like to be ?
I want to be seen as a ‘reliable’ manager, who can be relied on and who my teams trust. I want to have the same legitimacy as I had in my previous job and to meet the expectations of my N+1 and my teams. It is important for me to be recognised in my position.
What advice would you give to young women considering your profession ?
Don’t let yourself be held back by remarks such as “mechanics are not for women”!
Listen to your desires, your impulse and free yourself from limiting stereotypes…
I would like to tell them: don’t be afraid, trust yourself and invest in what drives you and mobilises you!