Gavin Blakey talks to us about the 3 pillars (or the three-legged stool as he calls it!) every engineer should know.
three-legged stool where you have a technical skill, people skill and the organisational skill
He discusses that when you have true gender diversity in engineering, suddenly those soft skills aren’t so hard.
Looking at the cross section of society, it’s quite different to the cross section of engineering
And he is an engineer who has experienced and witnessed such equality on engineering projects.
We can get much better outcomes as a profession, as a community, as a society if that was a little bit more balanced
But how can more women be enticed into engineering?
females are picking up the link between the work that engineers do and the difference that we can make in the world.
Gavin points out the facts and figures in the EWB Gender Redefined report for some of the statistics that were discussed in the episode.
Gavin Blakey holding the Engineering Redefined report
Extra discussions during the episode
Future: Gavin is very optimistic.
It’s never been this fast before, and it’ll never be this slow again
Advice: Consider merging fields outside of engineering for real strength
I would say to people be open to areas outside engineering
And get yourself skilled up in areas outside your core strength
completely transformed my ability in my career to be able to be more effective as an engineer
Interesting item: Wifi
a metaphor in some ways for what engineering is doing …. Wifi is now connected devices, which connects people.
Engineer Gavin admires: David Unaipon
David Unaipon on the Australian $50 note
Although not a traditional engineer, he was truely brilliant.
David Unaipon is representative of inventors, creators, amazing Australians, but also indigenous engineers
About Gavin Blakey
Gavin Blakey, Civil & Humanitarian engineer
Gavin attended James Cook University and achieved a Bachelor of Engineering with Honours in Civil Engineering and has also obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Management and an MBA in Technology Management.
The bulk of his career he has been an engineer for Brisbane City Council as well as being heavily involved with Engineers Without Borders, where he is currently the Chair of the Board. He was also the first Australian elected as International President of Toastmasters International.
Gavin was Awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for worldwide services to the community in communication and leadership development, particularly through Toastmasters International. And was Awarded the National Emergency Medal for significant contributions to managing the response to the devastating floods in Brisbane in 2011.