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08 March 2017

Celebrating International Women’s Day - Recognising the Exceptional Women in A-Gas

We are all inspired by incredible women every day. Women who are raising children, building businesses and changing the world.

International Women's Day is celebrated in many countries around the world. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. A-Gas is celebrating today, International Women's Day with a short interview about one of our exceptional woman, Kristina Khougaz from A-Gas Australia - an Exceptional Woman in Engineering.

  1. How do you feel to be the nominated Exceptional Woman in Engineering?

I feel privileged to be nominated! There aren’t a lot of women in the Engineering field so it is great to fly the flag and hopefully get more women involved.

  1. Tell us about your background? What brought you into Engineering?

My passions in high school were chemistry and mathematics, I have always enjoyed problem solving. Deciding my future career was easy because I wanted to be in a challenging and practical role and in a fast paced environment. My career so far has definitely lived up to my expectations!

  1. What qualifications do you have?

I have a Bachelor in Chemical Engineering which I undertook at RMIT university in Melbourne.

  1. How long have you been working for A-Gas Australia?

I have been working at A-Gas for 3 years. In my time here I have grown considerably in my capabilities as an Engineer, this is a direct result of the opportunities I have had at A-Gas to extend my skills and the global team environment which inspires open exchange of knowledge.

  1. What does your job involve? (from day to day tasks to big Engineering projects).

My day to day duties include both the design and manufacture of new processes which involve calculations, risk assessments, HAZOPS, purchasing components and then finally the installation and commissioning. The improvement of current process efficiencies is also an important task undertaken day to day. This may involve process trials in order to determine new ways of improving systems. Maintenance and contractor management are also included in my duties.

  1. What projects have you been working on recently?

As an Engineer on a production site there are many projects that are worked on concurrently. Recently however, one of the main projects that I have been working on is process efficiencies for one of our processes in our Environmental Services sectors. The changes proposed on this system will allow production efficiencies to be improved as well as improve operability and function for the operators that work on the system allowing the process to be more user friendly.

  1. How can we encourage more women to take up a career in Engineering? What would you say to someone who was considering a career in Engineering as a woman?

Engineering is typically a male dominated field but I think it offers a great challenge and opportunity for women and they shouldn’t be afraid to get involved. Given that team work is vital for an Engineer, I think that there is great importance to ensure that a team is made up of people from a diverse background. This way, many ideas and opinions can be considered when designing or implementing changes on a process to ensure that all aspects of safety and design have been carefully measured to the best of the team’s ability. So my advice to women will be to always be yourselves no matter what and express your opinions at all times.

  1. Do you have time for a job and a family?

I am 25 and haven’t yet even thought about starting a family of my own, however, when the time comes I will look to balance the priorities of my career and family.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I am an ambitious person and want to keep developing my skills and capabilities with a view to taking on a management position. I am really enjoying my career and the team I work with at the moment and am looking forward to further opportunities coming my way.

 

There is no better way to end this interview with a wish: Happy Women’s Day to all the women! You all deserve to be happy today so enjoy your day to the fullest. 

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