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.
Paige Wilbur loves construction and the different learning opportunities it has presented. She says, "Being able to go out into the field and see how different structures are built has made me a better engineer. It helps to be able to talk to the different Trades and understand the little things I can do in the design process that makes all the difference for them during the construction process. Construction is a team industry and I appreciate the role I get to play in it."
One of the most interesting, yet challenging projects to date for Sarah Snow was a new construction building for which Alliance Mechanical was contracted to do the HVAC and plumbing. "Inside of this building was a subzero climate cold chamber that needed to be able to remain at -65 degrees F at all times to be able to test the functionality of certain machinery and vehicles in it at extreme temperatures. This project utilized heat tracing in the underground plumbing and a Vehicle Exhaust System that was rated for up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. A wide range of knowledge was used on this project but collaboratively we made it a success."