Dream job proves no small beer
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.’’
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