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Tatiana Franco, a female engineer standing in front of Rod Laver Arena

Today marks International Women in Engineering Day.

This day is an opportunity to celebrate and highlight the amazing work of women in the engineering space. We know women are still underrepresented in this industry, and it can be a challenging environment to work in.  

With people at the core of everything we do, we are proud of the female engineers in our organisation, and took this opportunity to chat with our very own Engineering Hero - Project Manager, Tatiana Franco.

Colombian-born, engineering runs in the family for Tatiana. After watching her mum work as a Civil Engineer for many years, Tatiana was drawn to study this herself and attended the Colombian School of Engineering. 

I am following in my mum’s footsteps. I love what I do and I still learn something every day. I get to work on a world-renowned project, work through the day-to-day challenges of construction and be a part of a project that has a really positive impact on the Victorian community.

Her very first job was as a Quality Engineer in the US embassy in Bogota. This role was demanding but allowed her to build her skills and confidence in this industry, and set her on the path to where she is now - a Project Manager in the Civic Infrastructure team at Development Victoria. 

Tatiana is currently working on the Victorian Government’s Melbourne Park Redevelopment, and making a real impact.

"I am following in my mum’s footsteps. I love what I do and I still learn something every day. I get to work on a world-renowned project, work through the day-to-day challenges of construction and be a part of a project that has a really positive impact on the Victorian community."  

Updated on 23 June 2021