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Welcome to Our First Female Welder

Mech-Tool Engineering welcomes its very first female to the shop floor of its factory operation in Darlington. Ellie Dunnington, a time served welder with a level 3 NVQ, is now in her fourth week with the company and enjoying every moment.

At the age of just 20 years old, Ellie joins the company as a Welder with big aspirations to progress further with Mech-Tool Engineering and gain advanced qualifications, particularly in TIG welding with a keen drive to eventually move on to the more technical side or potentially undertake a Supervisor role.

And having completed an apprenticeship with Wilton Engineering, Ellie is already impressing with not only her extensive skillset, but also her great attitude to come in and get on with the job at hand. John Rawe, Mech-Tool Engineering’s Charge Hand Welder has been managing Ellie since she started, providing one to one support and guidance of which Ellie has expressed has been a massive help.

She chose to work with Mech-Tool Engineering as she had been impressed by the way the company operates and she relished the opportunity of stable employment where she has been given the opportunity to progress with the company.

We are continually looking to encourage young women to get into the profession, with David Forbes, our Stores Controller regularly presenting talks at schools about the benefits of young people, in particular girls, developing a career in engineering.

At present, we have 19 apprentices training at our Darlington factory facilities, who we hope to see progress further with the company and we will provide all of the training and development that they need to do so.

We have been greatly impressed by the fact that Ellie, being a very girly girl who likes shopping and a night out the girls, has been totally un-phased in joining a male dominated environment and we think she is an excellent role model for other females looking to engage in this profession.

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