Auto business has ‘every kind of alternatives’ for girls, Ford’s chief engineer says

Ladies have lengthy been underrepresented in engineering positions. And within the male-dominated automotive enterprise, the percentages appear particularly stacked in opposition to them.

However that did not cease Laurie Transou, chief engineer for the Ford Mustang Darkish Horse, the corporate’s newest muscle automotive.

“Throughout the auto business, there’s every kind of alternatives for younger ladies excited by engineering,” Transou not too long ago instructed Yahoo Finance from the 2023 New York Auto Present.

Ladies make up roughly half america workforce, however occupy round merely 30 % of STEM (science, expertise, engineering, and arithmetic) jobs. In the meantime, they make up only one quarter of the auto business, in accordance with Deloitte.

Auto business has ‘every kind of alternatives’ for girls, Ford’s chief engineer says

The Ford 2024 Darkish Horse Mustang sits on show on the Chicago Auto Present, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, in Chicago. (AP Photograph/Charles Rex Arbogast)

“STEM is a superb place to start out. So I might completely encourage people who find themselves excited by engineering to study extra about it, become involved with STEM,” Transou stated. “There’s tons of mentor packages.”

For instance, Ladies in Stem, a company working internationally to attach ladies with STEM jobs, has a program that pairs younger ladies with mentors in business.

Although males have traditionally dominated the auto business, ladies have turn out to be extra seen in management roles. For example, Mary Barra, who leads Common Motors, grew to become the primary feminine CEO of a serious automotive firm when she took over in 2014. Additionally, Donna Dickson has served because the chief engineer of the Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s electrical SUV since 2021.

Transou affirmed that there is extra to engineering jobs within the auto business than “the nuts and bolts.”

“It is enjoyable. We do technique…We take into consideration what merchandise could possibly be. We take into consideration our prospects and the way we attraction to them. So it is actually a enjoyable job. I wish to be sure younger ladies perceive that, too.”

Dylan Croll is a reporter and researcher at Yahoo Finance. Observe him on Twitter at @CrollonPatrol.

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