Q: Describe your role at Brindley Engineering
A: I work on the 3D design and layout development of piping systems for pipe replacements, detailing supports, pipe sizing, valves, and accessories to ensure that the new installation is safe, functional, and meets the design required standards and specifications. My responsibilities include preparing an AutoCAD Plant 3D model of our systems as well as generating the drawing packages that will be attached to the main document and will be taken to the construction stage. I also do peer review on isometric packages. Additionally, I train new designers and interns to get familiar with the piping program. Moreover, I provide support to the Structural Design Department on 3D modeling design with Revit.
Q: Why and how did you choose Engineering as a profession?
A: I consider myself a creative person, and my intention was to choose a career that would allow me to explore my imaginative problem-solving skills but is also versatile and able to give me the flexibility of working in different areas. I was turned on to this career at the college I studied at in Venezuela.
“I consider myself a creative person, and my intention was to choose a career that would allow me to explore my imaginative problem-solving skills but is also versatile and able to give me the flexibility of working in different areas.” – Andreina Lopez, Mechanical Engineer and Piping Designer
Q: What is the most gratifying thing about being a woman in engineering?
A: Being a woman in engineering allows me to break stereotypes! As an Engineer and Designer, being able to make a difference and to be a woman in a traditionally men’s field is inspiring for other women and girls to pursue careers in this area.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment as a woman in engineering so far has been keeping balance between my career and my personal life. I am a wife and mom of two little kids. It’s important to me to be 100% dialed in at home with quality family time and able to complete all my work the projects with another 100% of my attention. It is challenging but a very rewarded feeling to be able to find the balance I am looking for.
Q: What are your future goals?
A: My goal is to keep growing and learning within BE. This year, I’m looking forward to learning and being specialized in Piping Stress Analysis as well as having more chances to do fieldwork, and exploring the process that precedes the piping design. BE gives us the opportunity to enhance our knowledge and learn about our interests to improve our careers, and I want to take advantage of that.
“BE gives us the opportunity to enhance our knowledge and learn about our interests to improve our careers, and I want to take advantage of that.”
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring female engineers?
A: First, believe in yourself. Be confident in your abilities and don’t be afraid to speak up and contribute your ideas and your point of view, because your perspective and unique experiences can bring valuable insights to the table. Second, create a plan for your career. Stay curious, and never stop learning and growing. Keep pursuing your passions and be persistent in your goals. And lastly, network with other women in engineering to share experiences and learn from each other, the women in engineering together are unstoppable!
Fun Fact about Andreina:
She is a mother of two – 1 and 3-year-old toddlers – who keep her busy! Andreina is a fitness enthusiast and is constantly looking for the best version of herself – both physically and mentally. She lifts weights, runs, does indoor and outdoor cycling, and takes her babies for a walk whenever the weather allows it! She loves eating and cooking as much as she loves an active life. Last, but not least, Andreina is one of the most positive people you will ever meet.