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Women in Construction
Kayla Johnson, Second Year Apprentice Pipefitter with DECCO Inc., likes the construction industry because, as she says, you get to earn and learn. "Every day I use my hands and learn so much in one day just at work. It's not the same thing every day, and I'm not in debt from going to college. My work provides the opportunity for me to get my pipefitter license and send me to school. I love my job but it's not even a job, it's a career."
Amanda Cambell, Assistant Project Manager with HP Cummings Construction Company, enjoys construction because it is an ever-evolving, non-stop creative line of work. The construction industry is filled with tradespeople who are willing to help out others and provide insight into their particular craft. "This knowledge I have found to be priceless and educational while working alongside so many individuals. I am also a very creative person and enjoy being able to collaborate with architects and engineers during the design development and construction process."
November Jalbert, Assistant Project Manager with Lewis Builders Development, Inc., says every day is different and challenging while working in construction. "I'm surrounded by people who work in different trades, who are willing to share what they do best. I enjoy working with them and getting to use my mind and hands to get the job done."
Kayla Gendreau, Assistant Project Manager with Fulcrum Associates, really enjoys getting to be on the management side and being able to see the projects through their entirety. "It's not every career where you can see a project from conception on paper to the final product. I like being able to help be part of the teams that make this happen."
Beth Seniw, Project Manager with ReArch Company, grew up with a strong interest in Math & Science. "My dad was an engineer, so I often followed him around at his project sites to see how all of the equipment worked to put things together."
The construction industry has so many different avenues for you to explore and take which can lead to a long and successful career. Lydia Cahan, Project Manager with Mas-Con Corporation, says, "The day-to-day challenges and the wide variety of projects is what keeps things interesting. As a woman, it won't always be easy. You'll have good days and bad days, but hopefully the good will outweigh the bad. And don't forget, be sure to have a great support system outside of work. These people can make all the difference for you!"
Why construction? Becuase, as Julianne Cardinal, Project Superintendent with Eckman Construction, says, how many people can put a shovel in the ground one day and a year or so later have a multimillion-dollar structure built for all to see and admire? "We make a tangible difference. We construct infrastructure that our own communities need. We literally build our worlds and keep our country moving."
Jillian Shedd, Assistant Project Manager with NorthPoint Construction, had the opportunity to work with different local architectural design firms during a college co-op program at Wentworth. "I explored different paths associated with design and construction as the economy ebbed and flowed but have always been drawn to the opportunities where I was able to learn more about construction and architectural design."
For Jasmijn Anderson, Controller with Anderson Welding, being a part of the construction industry has been fulfilling and everyday is an opportunity to acquire a new skill or outlook. "I love being able to learn and to have a fulfilling work experience."
My position with a small lead abatement company called Lead Source was supposed to be temporary. I was helping out my fiance at the time but had no plans to work there permanently. Flash forward 23 years and Lead Source became EnviroVantage. Four employees grew to over one hundred and I am still here.