Welcome to Season 4 Episode 15
Creating the Interface
There are 2 reasons Jillian became an engineer. The first is that she was good at maths and science and engineering seemed like the logical extension of this.
But the second reason, the real reason she got into engineering was because she was interested in a life of freedom. She grew up in southern Tasmania. A gorgeous part of the country, but an area that 30/40 years ago didn’t really encourage anyone, let alone young girls, to go to further education.…
my observation of them was that they could do anything that they wanted
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: Engineers have some big jobs ahead of them
we need to learn how to create the interfaces between all the different parts of humanity to be dealing with some of these issues
Advice: It’s difficult for engineers to stand up and speak because the risk of being wrong if very strong. But engineers must learn to present their thoughts in a way that offers the public a way to engage.
our first strength is sometimes our first weakness
Any item that challenges the norm. That would have taken real courage to have created and presented
something that goes in the face of what would have been normal or what would have been acceptable
The unnamed heroes of engineering
a different kind of courage to keep fulfilling on something when you’re never going to get the accolades
About Jillian Formentin
Jillian specialises in enabling individuals and organisations to reduce employee, project and business risk exposure by assessing, leading and coaching for breakthrough results. She is a Chartered Engineer with strong technical experience as a Regional Operations Manager in gas facility management including emergency management, regional distribution and controls and was a Principal Government Engineer accountable for the governance of fuel gas utilisation in WA.
For over 15 years, she has provided direct consulting services to major industry stakeholders and contractors for the safe construction and operation of oil, gas, electricity and mining facilities. She coaches leaders and teams and develops programs to optimise safety and environmental responsibility. She believes that sustainable safety comes with the capacity to be successful in varying conditions which allows people to authentically create safety and performance rather than simply stopping bad things happening.
As a skilled coach of 20 years, Jillian has empowered and enabled individuals, teams and communities to produce exceptional and sustainable results including safety, environment, shutdown performance and productivity.
Jillian is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, Chartered in Mechanical Engineering and Leadership and Management, an Engineering Executive and President of Engineers Australia WA Division Committee.
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We interview engineers as they discuss their life and the issues they are dealing with.