Women in Engineering: Ellie Addison – Assistant Project Manager

In this series, we’ll be highlighting the unique stories of the women in engineering at Taziker. Keep on reading to find out more about Ellie Addison, Assistant Project Manager in our Structural Solutions team.

Growing up in a family of engineers, Ellie Addison was introduced to the industry from a young age, and it soon became evident that she would follow in their footsteps. Thriving in chemistry, physics and maths at school and on into A-Level, Ellie was passionate about pursuing a career in engineering, discovering that project management was exactly where she needed to be.

Ellie said: “I love spending time outdoors and I wanted a job that would allow me to be both in the office and on site, which is why project management was the perfect fit for me.”

Choosing to opt for an apprenticeship after college, Ellie completed a business apprenticeship within the construction industry, learning how different aspects of engineering worked within maintenance and remedial works. After six months, she was promoted into a role focused around the operational side of the business.

Ellie explained: “Following my apprenticeship, I worked as a Scheduler, where I would plan and arrange the labour, plant and materials for each job. I’d also liaise with clients, subcontractors and our operatives to ensure that each job was planned, had the correct equipment and was completed on time.”

Gaining another promotion shortly after, Ellie planned and managed tasks completed in the company’s workshop, creating and overseeing a live stock system to make their warehouse function more efficient.

It was in 2021 Ellie joined Taziker as an Assistant Project Manager, where she has continued to go from strength to strength. Supporting the Project Managers in our Structural Solutions team, she ensures that jobs are on schedule and completed to a high quality.

Talking about her time at Taziker so far, Ellie said: “I have always wanted to work with steel structures and my role here allows me to do just that.  I am constantly learning and spending time on site gaining as much experience as possible.

“I have been able to achieve my Site Management Safety Training Scheme [SMSTS] and my Personal Track Safety [PTS] card, to name just two. I have gained so many skills on modelling softwares in Tekla and CAD, all of which I didn’t have before I came to work here.”

Looking ahead to the future, Ellie is studying towards her HNC and HND in General Engineering and has career aspirations to become a Project Manager in the future.

When asked what she’d advise the future women in engineering Ellie said: “I would highly recommend an apprenticeship to anybody, I’m only 23 and now have five years’ industry experience because of it. I developed my skills in engineering and construction but also the general way of how businesses function.

“Complete any and all training that is offered to you, and if you think you need more, request it. Most importantly of all, find what you love and enjoy it!”

Ellie Addison, Assistant Project Manager, Taziker.