MORE than 100 senior high school girls from across the Central West visited the Charles Sturt University engineering centre in Bathurst on Friday for a one-day seminar on the Power of Engineering.
Several workshops were run throughout the day, including discussions with engineers who have worked across the world.
One was CSU engineer in residence and principal water resources engineer at WSP, Karen Brakell, who stressed the importance of getting women involved in engineering.
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"Women should be getting into engineering," Ms Brakell said.
"They can be great mediators and can be just as successful, if not more. It's not just about the things that you think of when you hear the term engineering.
"It's not about just buildings and roads, it's about people and helping people who need it."
The students were involved in interactive tasks throughout the day that introduced them to the variety of engineering disciplines.
Lecturer Dr Miao Li said the event inspired more female students to continue the trend of women getting involved with engineering.
"Engineering has the power to change the world, and more and more women are choosing to make a difference through a career in engineering," she said.
The Central West schools represented on Friday were Bathurst High, Mackillop College, Scots All Saints, Delroy, Kinross Wolaroi and Blayney High School.