Dream job proves no small beer

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BET­TINA Jaksch was ‘‘ highly en­cour­aged’’ by her fam­ily to fol­low in her fa­ther’s foot­steps and work in the en­gi­neer­ing field.

Nine years af­ter en­ter­ing the work­force, how­ever, she is en­cour­aged to con­tinue pur­su­ing her ca­reer in the field by the sat­is­fac­tion that she gains.

Jaksch (pic­tured on cover), 31, is con­trol sys­tems en­gi­neer at Coop­ers Brew­ery and en­joys be­ing able to see the tan­gi­ble re­sults of her work.

‘‘ When I get a ma­chine work­ing and do some­thing right, it’s quite sat­is­fy­ing,’’ she says.

She is the only fe­male in the brew­ery’s en­gi­neer­ing team and says the in­dus­try as a whole is male dom­i­nated, which can be chal­leng­ing.

It does mean that she pushes her­self, which ul­ti­mately makes her a bet­ter en­gi­neer, she says.

Jaksch has a chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing de­gree, but likes the di­verse range of work that she can do in the con­trol sys­tems area and says there is a high de­mand for engi­neers.

‘‘ I re­ally like the work that I do,’’ she says.

‘‘ It’s on a soft­ware that I like and it does mean work is en­joy­able be­cause (the soft­ware) is pretty awe­some. It’s pretty much the dream job. The only prob­lem is I don’t drink beer.’’

Pic­ture: Roger Wy­man

PICK OF THE JOBS: Fe­male engi­neers are in de­mand ac­cord­ing to Fyfe grad­u­ate me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer Han­nah Spur­geon.

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