- Role Model -

Caryn Phillips


Name: Caryn Phillips

Occupation: Protection & Control Engineer

Employer: NL Hydro



Current community of residency: 

Caryn Phillips

What does your typical work day involve?

What do you love most about your profession? Why did you choose this career?

On one of my work terms I re-programmed the operation of a small crane on an offshore oil vessel that was malfunctioning. It was the first time I was able to try out controls engineering. I knew at this point that engineering was the right career for me. Being able to watch the code I had written come to life and operate the crane was a very rewarding and exciting experience. It is still the favorite part of my job! Now I get to program the functionality of large hydraulic generators and their auxiliary equipment.

When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?

All through school I wasn’t sure what career to pursue even though I liked math and physics. During my senior year, the MUN Dean of undergraduates for Engineering presented to our grade 12 class and suggested that, with my interests, engineering could be a career to enjoy and be successful in. Through the engineering program I was able to explore how applying those interests “fit into” the real world of work.

What were your favorite subjects in school?

What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?

Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?

Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?

What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?

Outside work I love cooking and traveling. I spend my leisure time at home watching the food network and cooking for family and friends. When I travel I prefer to go places I’ve never been before. My goal is to visit all seven continents. My favorite place, thus far, is London, England, where I was lucky enough to live for four months while on a work placement.

What superhero do you relate to most? Why?

Anything else you wish to share?

I grew up in St. Johns and played a lot of sports. Through sport competitions I had the opportunity to travel and explore this beautiful province and love it all the more.


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