From Spain to Sunderland - engineer at city firm shortlisted for excellence award

Dave Bartell and Beatriz Martinez.
Dave Bartell and Beatriz Martinez.
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Beatriz Martinez is proving engineering is not just a man’s world after being short-listed for a prestigious national industry award.

The 27-year-old design engineer at Sunderland firm Expert Tooling and Automation was named as one of only three young engineers – and the only female – from across the country short-listed for the British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) ‘Young Engineer of the Year’.

Beatriz has made personal sacrifice to relocate to the UK, and with both the cultural and language barriers to overcome. She has shown great dedication to her chosen career path.

Dave Bartell

Originally from Northern Spain, she moved to the UK to follow her passion for engineering, after the difficult economic climate in her native country made it difficult for her to develop in an industrial environment and gain real experience.

Her contribution has included being involved in the design of bespoke machinery for many major original equipment manufacturers and Blue Chip customers globally.

Operations director Dave Bartell said: “The shortlisting recognition for Beatriz is so very well deserved, she has shown a real passion and desire to develop and is a big asset to her team and the business as a whole.

“I am sure Beatriz has a bright future ahead of her.”

Beatriz joined the business 18 months ago from a background in research and development and has impressed the management team with her enthusiasm as well as her academic ability.

She is now completing the four-year expert graduate development programme that sees her experience every department of the business, and set realistic and measurable goals for her own personal development.

“Around 40 % of our team is made up of staff working through apprenticeships or through graduate programmes, and it’s that talent, young enthusiasm and fresh blood that is helping us to be prepared and ready for the future,” said Dave.

“Beatriz has made personal sacrifice to relocate to the UK, and with both the cultural and language barriers to overcome.

“She has shown great dedication to her chosen career path.

“We’re delighted she has been recognised for her skill, talent and hard work.”