M-CNC’s Festival Of British Engineering & Manufacturing supports women in engineering

women in engineering

In the run up to FOBEM, we met with DMG MORI’s Marketing Assistant, Charley Lucas. Our headline sponsor, DMG MORI is the leading manufacturer of cutting machine tools, many of which we have on site here at M-CNC.

From its inception, we made it clear that the main objective of FOBEM is to signpost the multiple career paths available in engineering and manufacturing, an industry packed full of innovation and creativity. From engineering and purchasing, to operations, quality and marketing, there’s so much variety in this fast paced industry for both men and women in engineering.

Charley, we are delighted that DMG MORI are sponsoring our first Festival of British Engineering & Manufacturing. Could you tell us how you got into the engineering industry?

My family has a strong history of engineers and working in manufacturing, so it’s always been part of my life growing up. I completed a digital marketing apprenticeship for a manufacturing recruiter, so when I saw the job in social media and marketing at DMG MORI, I knew this was where I wanted my career to continue. Four and a half years later, and it’s fantastic to be part of such an exciting and dynamic industry. My grandad has even purchased DMG MORI products for his workshop, so it feels like we’ve completed the circle!

How do DMG MORI add value to manufacturing businesses?

Our products are world class and highly innovative, using high-tech CNC machines, software solutions and systems; combine them with highly skilled engineers it allows businesses to perfect their processes, add value and create brilliant outputs for their customers.

What attracted you to get involved with our FOBEM event?

We have a great relationship with M-CNC and they are a good customer of ours. We are also hugely passionate about inspiring young people, especially encouraging women in engineering and these synergies made it such an easy decision to get involved. At DMG MORI we have a training academy which is such a valuable resource and really important to keep our industry innovative and moving forward. I’m very lucky to be studying for my marketing degree whilst working and it’s something I’m hugely passionate about.

What will your involvement be over the course of our two day event?

We are really excited to sponsor the networking event on the Wednesday evening and also having a stand where we can talk to the students, other businesses within our industry and those at M-CNC. The factory tours will be brilliant to see our products in action and we can’t wait to get involved. I’ll be joined at FOBEM with several of my colleagues giving valuable first hand experience to the visitors and I’m sure we’ll have some giveaways to hand out too.

Why is championing the next generation of engineers so important to you?

For me, it’s not just about attracting the next generation but particularly women in engineering. There are so many roles that you can get involved with and create impact within what is perceived as a male dominated industry. It’s fantastic to see so many women pushing through in all areas of manufacturing. Long may it continue, and I hope to get to speak to many throughout the two days at FOBEM.