Scottish renewable energy star Sarah aims to encourage more women into engineering

Sarah Patrick
Sarah Patrick

Glasgow-based Star Refrigeration and St Thomas Primary School in nearby Neilston are supporting International Women in Engineering Day tomorrow (13 Jun) to celebrate current women engineers and to encourage girls between ages 9 -13 to consider a career in engineering

Star Refrigeration female engineers will offer the 58 school children an insight into their day to day work life to help them understand what a career in engineering entails.

One such engineer is Sarah Patrick, a senior commissioning refrigeration and heating engineer who started her career in the industry as an apprentice.

She is pictured at an energy centre in Drammen, near Osle in Norway, where Star Refrigeration district heating heat pumps provide heating and hot water to the town’s schools, hospitals, libraries and business using the ice cold water from the local fjord.

She said: “We are hoping to change perceptions amongst children, especially girls, by showing them how diverse and creative engineering roles can be.

“Most youngsters are not conscious about the fact that refrigeration enhances their everyday lives, serving industries that are vital to our way of life and critical to the sustainability of the planet; that alone shows the endless possibilities – food, drinks, facebook, the internet, swimming pools, ice rinks and medicines could not exist without it!”

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