Today, Heathrow is proud to celebrate and promote National Women in Engineering Day. Amongst the 76,000 people that work at Heathrow are thousands of women who help keep the airport running in a ever increasing variety of roles. To help highlight this cause, we took some some time out with Kenna Hamilton, an engineer working on the world renowned and awarded Heathrow Pods.
It’s a busy start to the day for Kenna. Along with her 7 engineering colleagues based close to Terminal 5, she helps maintain and repair the fleet of 21 Pod cars that offer passengers a seamless and quick 5 minute trip between parking and the terminal building.
“Its very hands on and a great buzz to fix things,” Kenna explains while applying new parts to a Pod on its routine check up.
“Working at a airport where people are coming and going, you feel like your helping them get away, being part of something bigger. Nothing stays the same here”
Equal part of the team…
Having moved down to London from Glasgow to start her Heathrow career initially as an apprentice, Kenna has firmly settled into her role and simply considers herself as an equal part of the team.
Highlighting the ever increasing number of women in engineering roles at Heathrow, Kenna was eager to explain how another female colleague was being actively re-trained to join her working on the Pods and believes the sky is the limit.
“The career paths at Heathrow are good, I would like to be working in APOC (Airport Operations Centre) as a Air Side Engineer someday.”
Kenna is part of an increasing number of women working in various engineering departments across Heathrow. We are proud to encourage a diverse workforce and with that help celebrate National Women in Engineering Day.
Take a further look into how Heathrow supports local and national jobs via the Heathrow Academy, here.