Name: Lois Bragg
Occupation: Project Technologist
Employer: Posedion Marine Consultants Ltd.
Education: Diploma in Naval Architecture Technology, Bachelor of Science
What does your typical workday involve?
A typical workday changes with the projects we are currently involved with. A workday could be sat at my desk, completing Technical Drawings and Reports, or it could be out in the field where I could be conducting anything from stability assessments to inspections, which could mean working at heights or climbing through tanks of all sizes.
What do you most love about your profession? Why did you choose this career?
I love that the projects I am involved with are never the same. The job never gets boring and I am constantly learning and having to adapt to new situations.
I have always had a passion for boats and the water which was only strengthened when I joined the Sea Cadet Program at 12 years old, a program I am still actively involved with today.
When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?
I’m pretty sure from a young age it was the only option I even considered, but it was definitely reinforced when I actually participated in the TECHSPLORATION program myself as a student.
What were your favorite subjects in school?
Throughout school I loved Math, it just came very easy to me. During high school I developed a love for Chemistry which was only strengthened during by time at University.
What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?
Work hard, don’t stress the little things, and learn from your professors. After working in the field, I now wish I had of taken more time to ask more questions and further learn from their experience and expertise.
Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?
Women still need to be empowered that we can do anything we put our minds too, and there is strength in numbers. The more female role models in the STEM and skilled trades we have for the girls coming behind us, can only help strength that idea.
Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?
My mother is and always has been my role model. Not only did she encourage myself and my sister in every endeavour we pursued while growing up, but I watched her constantly trying to better herself every moment. She constantly took on every challenge or hurdle that came her way head on and full of confidence. She has inspired me to be the person I am today.
What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?
Currently my favorite activity is Family Time. I enjoy every moment and adventure I get to take with my husband and our almost 2 year old little boy, and our 2 year old black lab. They tend to keep us on our toes!Also enjoy spending weekends at the cabin, and spending time with our family and friends.
What superhero do you relate to most? Why?
I currently feel like I relate most to Elastigirl (aka Mr.s Incredible). The flexibility and ability to adapt to changing situations both at work and at home.
Anything else you wish to share?
I’ve said it before, but don’t be afraid to be the only girl in the room!
STEM for GIRLS
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