21 June 2024

Janeke Volkmann, structural engineer: Zutari.

In this six-part series, Zutari commemorates the annual event that celebrates the incredible contributions of women engineers worldwide, International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).

INWED marks its 11th anniversary in 2024 under the theme of #Enhancedbyengineering. This year, INWED celebrates women engineers who have enhanced lives and livelihoods through their work. These remarkable individuals contribute to building a brighter future for all of us.

Janeke Volkmann, structural engineer

Volkmann studied civil engineering at Stellenbosch University, followed by a master’s in structural engineering. After her studies, she started working for Zutari in the built environment unit. She is part of a team focusing on high-rise buildings in Cape Town. Her role involves detailed building design, project management, and regular site inspections.

“I appreciate the fact that engineering is project-based, and every project is different, which means that my work is never dull, and I learn constantly. I enjoy going to sites where I can physically see my work come to life,” says Volkmann.

Women who showcase their engineering skills grow in confidence and inspire others to pursue careers that are traditionally thought of as male-dominated career paths. Her advice to young girls is: “Do not be intimidated by the fact that engineering used to be a male-dominated environment. The industry is changing. In my experience, I have never felt side-lined as a female in office nor on-site.”

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