Justyna Igielinska

I am a Mechanical Design Engineer – Langfields LTD Salford, Manchester.

I perform mechanical design of pressure equipment including calculations and engineering drawings produced according to required codes and standard.

When I became proudly a Civil Engineer I found difficulties to get a good job so I I moved to England with my one-year-old daughter just to give her a better chance for a future. Unfortunately, I was never taught English and very quickly I was forced to learn it. I took English courses on nearby university campuses and, after a few years, I was able to communicate with people. Luckily, I found a job in a design office where I quickly learn technical terminology and improve my language on a day-to-day basis. I’ve been there ten years of my life.
One of my proudest moments so far is when I helped to design a prototype column as a part of the plastic recycling plant that can change our present global situation and help clean up the environment

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  • What does a typical day at work look like for you?

    I am responsible for ensuring that the manufacturing facility has the necessary design support to effectively produce the final product.
    I approve and verify designs produced by the design-team for bespoke pressure vessels etc. and evaluating them within the requirements of customer specifications and design code requirements.

  • What advice would you give to your 15 year old self?

    Life is never fair! Never give up and work hard!
    Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

  • Who or what inspired you to get into engineering?

    My mother was my biggest inspiration. Despite being a single parent, she had to cover both the roles of mother and father. When needed, she could do brickwork, painting and even welding better than some men.

  • What are your favourite hobbies or pastimes?

    I enjoy fishing, gardening, and playing cards.

  • What are the best and worst things about your job?

    The best part of my job is that each day is different, and the worst part is always in a hurry and working under pressure.

  • Where do you see your industry in 25 - 50 years time?

    I think, hopefully in 25 years, if I’m lucky, I’ll be retired and I’ll start to enjoy my life.

  • Have you had any career challenges you have had to overcome?

    Unfortunately, there were some very unpleasant moments in my career. I could not agree with the newly hired manager and I resigned after a decade of hard work as design manager. I moved to a bigger company to prevent toxic situations, but it cost me my position.