Diversity in the manufacturing industry is essential for success. It provides a range of perspectives and ideas that can help to identify problems and solutions, as well as create new products and services. Additionally, it helps to create a more inclusive environment where everyone can feel accepted and respected.

We asked a few of the women in the SONAMI network what to tell us what they enjoy the most about working in their job within the manufacturing industry. Here is what they shared with us:

“I love the challenges this industry presents, working collaboratively to solve problems drives me. I love owning my place at the table. The ability to overcome technical and societal adversity in this career has taught me a lot about myself, and has just proven that women’s insights and tenacity are an important contributor to the industry.”  

Colleen McCann, Research Project Manager, Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

“What I enjoy the most about my job is the ability to learn new technologies, and hone my mechanical design skills. As the Mechanical Engineering Research Associate, I face mechanical design challenges everyday, and with each new project I complete I am able to further develop my ability to resolve complex mechanical problems in innovative and creative ways.”

Liliana McIntosh, Mechanical Engineering Research Associate, Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre at Niagara College.

“Working with research in the manufacturing industry is an enriching experience, as I have the chance to undertake different kinds of projects. I am always learning a new subject and working with unique and latest advancements in the industry. Also, it is wonderful to be able to support student researchers, who are joining the workforce and will be the future of the industry.”

– Erika Oliveira, Project Coordinator at Centennial College’s Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services