A Job in the Nuclear Field as a Woman

Posted on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019

Written by Sofia Colley Aquino

Monday February 4th, 2019 – Sofia Colley Aquino

Today I had the lovely opportunity to interview Ana Aquino De Colley, my mother, and an Edicurrent Field Supervisor at the company BWXT Technologies Ltd., located in Cambridge, Ontario. BWXT Canada Ltd. designs, manufactures, commissions, and services nuclear power generation equipment. Including equipment such as CANDU ® and Pressurized Water Reactor steam generators, nuclear fuel and fuel components, critical plant components, parts, and related plant services. BWXT provides knowledge and expertise to all areas of nuclear power plant operations. Services that are provided through staff augmentation, specific scope projects or on turnkey basis.

Ana moved to Canada from Mexico at the age of twenty-nine with her husband and two children. Ana is an engineer completing her undergraduate degree from the Universidad Politecnica De Chiapas located in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. She started working on a contract basis, was promoted to a full-time position, and eventually to the role of supervisor. In a mostly male dominated field, Ana acts as a role model for females looking to work in the nuclear power generating field, as well as any other field that is mostly comprised of men. I wanted to interview her to explore the perspective of females in a male dominant field and the technical field, to discover how her journey has progressed as well as how it has been affected by being a woman and immigrant.

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