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Tiffany Stanewicz, Design Engineer with Interstate Electrical Services

Why I chose a career in construction:
I wouldn’t say I chose this career, I would say it chose me! I was fresh out of the medical field and looking for something that called to me. I was not sure at the time what that was, but an opportunity was presented to me and I went with it! I didn’t know at the time that I was going to love being a part of this field. 

What training or education did you need for your current role?
I have my Bachelors in Business Management. I did not go to school for Electrical Engineering. I actually started off in nursing school. I have learned everything I know from my peers, my managers and by putting in work of my own behind the scenes to improve my knowledge.

What is a typical day like in your position?
A typical day for me can be different day-to-day, which is what keeps it interesting and exciting. Sometimes I am on the road to visit job sites; sometimes I am in meetings all day; sometimes I am working on a project or multiple projects within a day to process it to the next level; sometimes I am building or updating a family or a template for the team; and sometimes I am organizing project files. The diversity of my day-to-day tasks is one of the things I love about my job.

What do you enjoy most about your career?
My favorite part of my career is seeing projects come to life. I see them before they start, while they are in progress and when they are completed. Putting it on a drawing can be easy, but seeing what our team members in the field do to complete the project successfully is truly amazing.

What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
Be Biopharma, Inc. in Cambridge Massachusetts. It was my first lab project. Labs are complex in terms of powering, but it was an exciting challenge. The lighting was fun and different. I couldn’t wait to see this one when it was done.

What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?
It's important to let the opportunity in and don’t be afraid to walk into the unknown. I would not be where I am today if I didn’t. Build your confidence and build trust in your peers and managers. They are the ones who advocate for you when you aren’t around.

Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Ask questions, always! You simply can not and will not know everything, but no one expects you to. Learning something new every day is what keeps your day interesting and fun. Just be yourself!

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