Amber O'Connor

Amber is an Engineering Programme Manager as well as an Equipment Health Monitoring and Performance Engineer for Siemens Aeroderivative Gas Turbines within the Gas and Power business.

Whilst studying for her GCSE’s, Amber explored possible career options in engineering based upon her skillset – liking maths, science and problem solving, she therefore decided to apply for an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce. Amber was offered a three-year Technical Apprenticeship back in 2010 with the company and this training helped her to gain the practical and technical knowledge for her future career as an engineering leader.

After successful completion of her apprenticeship, Amber was sponsored by the Company to complete a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Birmingham City University part time whilst continuing to work as an engineer. In 2017 Amber successfully graduated with a 1st in her degree, which coincided with her daughter being just six weeks old.

Once Rolls-Royce was acquired by Siemens in 2014, Amber continued progressing her career and gaining a wider understanding of the Equipment Health Monitoring and Performance department. She was responsible for leading a major Digitalisation Program of which the delivery of this resulted in the monitoring of 180 gas turbines for a range of customers worldwide with a capital value of £3.5billion. From this point Amber realised that leading programmes of work from an engineering perspective whilst managing a team of people utilised both her passion for engineering management whilst complimenting her skills as an engineer. Since then, Amber has been leading all programmes for her department which includes managing a team of six subject matter experts located in Canada, USA, UK and the Netherlands.

Amber is an active STEM Ambassador and regularly supports projects involving young women – this has been underpinned through supporting the Siemens SeeMe shows around the UK. Amber is also a key supporter in positively changing the working environment within Siemens and is actively doing so by leading a networking, development and collaboration group called NEXT UK. She has also co-founded a committee with the support of senior management to tackle key cultural issues within the local workplace as well as being a nominated Siemens UK Diversity and Inclusion Champion. In addition to this, Amber has been a key brand ambassador for Siemens, supporting events and film content to encourage the next generation towards a career in STEM by highlighting the amazing opportunities that exist within engineering careers.

Amber was a finalist for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2019, recognised as Highly Commended. This award is to highlight young women within the engineering industry who represent the best of the profession and who also act as a role models for the next generation. She has also been selected as a keynote speaker for this year’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Turbo Expo conference during the Women in Engineering Networking Event to discuss her career to date and topics that really matter to women within the industry.

Ambers ambition is to change how engineering is seen by the young people of today, hoping to make a positive impact on as many as people as possible and encourage them to consider a STEM career as a truly viable and existing option. She also wants to be a positive role model for career driven women, demonstrating through her own experiences of having two young children that pursuing a career doesn’t mean that personal life goals such as having a family need to be put on hold. This is a stigma that Amber is working to change within the industry.