RIYADH — A group of over 100 Saudi women have overcome gender barriers and contributed to the technological transformation of the Kingdom through their management of the Advanced Electronic Company’s (AEC) military factory, reports Arab News.
The team has gained expertise in manufacturing roles that support areas of national importance such as digital transformation, energy efficiency and the localization of military industries.
These women have been trained to understand the development of technical presentations, cost analysis and the plant performance to adhere to the AEC’s stringent quality control procedures.
“As part of my role, I am responsible for supporting many of the manufacturing activities in the factory,” Shaza Khamis, a manufacturing engineer, told Arab News. “By applying time-study and work-measurement methods, I was able to implement efficient waste-free manufacturing techniques.”
Lana Owaidah, a manufacturing engineer, said that the women share a wonderful team spirit and feel that they contribute something important to the country.
“I participate in setting up and operating the machines and processes, as well as adjusting the design of manufacturing tools and fixtures on the production line,” she said.