Galina – POS Crane Controller
Why did you choose to work in the rail industry?
My husband and brother both work in the rail industry and their jobs sounded interesting so I thought “why not give it a go?” I’ve now worked on the tracks for 11 years, 7 of which at TRS! I’m currently a POS Crane Controller and I work with a wide range of plant, from MEWPS to our Doosan 270 Teleboom cranes. I’m currently working on electrification projects for Balfour Beatty.
What do you like about your role?
No two days are ever the same! We get to travel around, meet new people and see different sites. I also like having to find creative ways to solve problems on the job.
What do you find most challenging about your role?
In the early days I had to prove myself. Sometimes there can still be men who think women are incapable of doing this job and I love surprising them and proving them wrong! It’s even better when they shake your hand and say you did a great job!
Men expect you to work as hard as them, so it can be physically demanding at times. However, I’m currently pregnant so I have to stop myself from getting involved in any physical activity. It’s hard to stand and watch, but safety (and my baby) comes first!
What female attributes help you in your role?
This job is not about brute strength; I’m constantly multi-tasking and thinking outside the box to find the best way to utilise our machines and get the job done as safely and quickly as possible.
Who is the biggest influence in your life?
My husband – he convinced me to join the rail industry. Without his belief in me I would never have had the confidence to make the move – but I’m glad I did as I’ve never looked back!
Why do you think it’s important to recognise / celebrate Women in Engineering?
Women have a wide range of qualities that suit working on rail projects and it’s important for them to get the encouragement I had to join such a great industry. Women should never feel intimidated because it’s a male dominated environment.
What advice would you give to women who want to follow a similar career path to yours?
Go for it – it’s a great choice!