As we celebrate Diversity Month globally, we are proud to share one final, important example of the strides we are making at FieldCore to more closely resemble society.
When FieldCore began operations in Latin America 3 years ago, Livia Silva, Resources Director for Latin America had a clear goal in her mind: to hire more female talent to increase the diversity especially in our field services team. Back then the percentage of women in the field was less than 2%; today, after an uphill journey, 20% of our field engineers delivering power plant services to our customers across this region are women.
After three years ramping up this truly unique team, earlier this month, FieldCore made Field Services history by completing the first ever ALL female Field Engineer led outage. A crew of 12 female Field Engineers oversaw the project in Mexico with a key customer to maintain two 7FA gas turbines, generators and auxiliaries executing parallel major inspections.
“Personally, I felt very comfortable with this experience, I had never worked with so many female engineers together in an outage. I saw dedication, seriousness and professionalism above all and honestly, I would like to live more similar experiences” states Eddy Justo, Gas Turbine Technical Field Advisor. “I also believe that we should pursue more jobs like this that help us women build confidence to lead big projects such as this one successfully.”
Most importantly, the job was completed with zero EHS or Quality issues, on time despite the additional challenges imposed by the global pandemic COVID-19.
Like any outage, there were many people involved in planning and executing this project, including Service Manager, General Electric Contract Performance Manager, Craft Supervisors and many craft workers that were key contributors to the success. “I have observed that this diversity momentum we are in has been transformative not only for the female engineers but for our entire team who increasingly value differences as a strength” says Livia Silva.
For a region like Latin America where the gender barrier is still culturally present in some sectors despite the significant growth in women pursuing higher education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), this is an important milestone.
This project is a shining example of the fact that our diversity makes us stronger.
While this project was historic, it is built upon the other courageous, technically excellent female Field Engineers that blazed this trail for today’s generation, especially Kaye Nordstrom, GE’s first Field Engineer who began her career in the 1980s.