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Women of WiN

Pauline Watson

Pauline Watson
Title: Technical Expert
Company: Amec

When Pauline was a student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta in the early 1970s, she was the only woman in her class. Jobs for women engineers in the oil and gas industry were scarce, so on graduation, Pauline came to Ontario to work as a Design Engineer at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited CANDU Engineering. Throughout her subsequent 30 plus-year career in the nuclear industry, Pauline witnessed the increasing number of women in the profession, and has never regretted her choice of such a challenging, interesting and varied career.

Over the years, Pauline has applied her engineering background in diverse areas, primarily with Ontario Hydro/OPG including design, thermohydraulic analysis, modelling, and experimental work followed by nuclear plant aging studies leading to programming and business planning, and finally project management. A highlight was coordinating some commissioning tests at Bruce, Pickering and Darlington nuclear power plants.   Always wanting to learn more, she obtained her Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo through part-time studies.

A proud mother of two, Pauline was one of the first female professionals at OPG to participate in a job sharing program that supported working mothers in balancing their careers with family life. During this job-sharing/reduced hours period, she was also enrolled as a part-time student in Engineering Physics at McMaster University. Her son is now studying Engineering at McMaster University, and her daughter is a good student in grade 10, with artistic interests and talents.

OPG also provided an onsite gym which allowed Pauline to have time to become a serious runner, completing over a dozen marathons, running Boston twice and qualifying for the US Olympic trials marathon. Pauline has continued to be active and now coaches other runners.

In her current role with AMEC NSS as a Technical Expert, Pauline primarily acts as a project manager for work including aging assessments and life cycle plans for nuclear power plant components and produces reports that will help determine costs, requirements and issues associated with plant refurbishments and aging management strategies.

As a member of the subcommittee for the first-ever Poster Session for the Women in Nuclear (WiN) Global Conference, Pauline assisted with the application and approval process for professional papers submitted by WiN conference delegates from around the world. . She is also a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO), and vice-chair of the Golden Horseshoe Chapter of WiN-Canada.

Created on December 8, 2008. 

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