Kersey Segger EngTech

Kersey Segger is formerly a DE&S Technical Apprentice with the Ministry of Defence. She won the Tom Nevard Memorial Competition 2014 award, sponsored by the Institution.

Kersey Segger

What motivated you to become an engineer?

From a young age I’ve always wanted to find out how things worked. I used to make things from parts I found in my dad’s garage.

Tell us about your volunteer role within the Institution.

I was automatically signed up as a member of the Institution when I started my MoD Apprentice scheme. I am on the Young Members Panel and attend monthly meetings to organise events for others in the Institution which try and make engineering fun and inspiring to other engineers and younger members. I am currently planning a black tie dinner on SS Great Britain in the summer for Institution members, students and industrial partners. Volunteering is a good way to make new connections with other companies and find new like-minded friends.

Are you professionally registered?

I am an EngTech and this will hopefully give me more job opportunities later on in my career. 

What are your thoughts about engineering?

Many people don’t really understand the meaning of engineering. An engineer can be seen as someone who is a car mechanic to a person who manages a chemical plant from behind a desk. The primary description states an engineer is a professional practitioner of engineering, concerned with applying scientific knowledge, mathematics, and ingenuity to develop solutions for technical, societal and commercial problems. Engineers design materials, structures, and systems while considering practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. Engineering makes the world turn round; it is everywhere around us!

Would you recommend engineering as a career?

Yes, it is a well rounded career, involving finance, project and personnel management, report writing and politics. It helps if you have a grasp of physics and maths, but that isn’t the be all and end all of engineering. There are many another attributes needed, such as spatial awareness and creativity. There will always be a need for engineers so there is an abundance of jobs out there to find.

What are your career highlights so far?

Working with submarines and knowing that I am helping to keep the continuous at sea deterrent running for the UK. Working on submarines in dock, investigating the different systems which all work together to make the huge vessels glide through the world’s oceans undetected. Also, having the opportunity to go to the US with my placement in the summer.

Where would you like to be in 5 years' time?

I would like to have a degree in an engineering discipline under my belt and be working towards Chartership. I would still like to be working for the MoD having moved up the job ladder.

What's the greatest challenge facing engineering as a profession?

The greatest challenge facing engineering as a profession is for people to understand what it really means to be an engineer. When people think about engineering, they often think about hard hats, iron girders, cranes and construction sites, but this is only part of what engineering is and does. The UK has the lowest number of female engineering professionals in EU countries. Engineering is not an attractive subject or ‘cool subject’ to young girls at school, and because of the early decision about GCSEs at 14 they do not choose the subjects that would help them move into the engineering fields in their higher education.

Do you have any advice for young students thinking about engineering as a career?

Don’t think it is all about getting your hands dirty; this is not the case. There is so much you can learn from being in this profession. There are many opportunities to travel the world and get involved with life changing projects. It will open your eyes to new, amazing technology that will be counted on in the future.

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