Lisa Hill - Bury College Alumni

A former A Level student has achieved career success and joins the Bury College Alumni network as she campaigns to encourage young women to achieve as engineers.

Lisa Hill left Bury College in 2007 with a string of A Level qualifications including an A in Mathematics, B in Chemistry and C in Physics. Lisa then progressed onto the University of Bolton where she achieved a first-class bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

After university, Lisa then secured employment at Cummins, one of the leading designers and manufacturers of high performance diesel engines in the world. Lisa completed a 12 month graduate rotation scheme in technical and non-technical discipline before working as a Product Engineer in the Advanced Engineering department where she helped to design and validate the next generation Variable Geometry turbocharger for the Dodge Ram and Cummins Supertruck vehicles.

28 year old Lisa has also undertaken the role as Test Engineer at Cummins, where she is responsible for resolving test issues, validating engine test beds, creating test procedures and teaching other engineers how to effectively work with the test department to achieve data more efficiently. Currently Lisa is completing a secondment at the Cummins Engine Business based in Darlington where she is acting as Calibration and Maintenance Leader for the test facility.

Lisa, who is from Bury, said of her time at Bury College, “I really enjoyed my time at Bury College and each subject I studied, although challenging, set me up for my career in engineering. The staff were very knowledgeable and could always be approached for help. The facilities were very good especially the science labs and I learnt a lot of practical skills as well as theory knowledge.”

Often recognised as a male dominated industry, Lisa is keen to champion women in engineering and inspire those who are considering their career options.

Lisa added, “My advice to other students who are thinking about a career as a female engineer would be to not let the fact that this is still a male-dominated field deter you. I would encourage students to continue to work towards their goals, if you're prepared to work hard then everything will come together in the end and Bury College will help you to achieve your goals."

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