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Darlene Cassidy, Construction Technology Manager with Fulcrum Associates, chose to pursue a professional career in the construction industry because she would like to see the country’s infrastructure grow.
Haley Frazier started out as a project coordinator with a company who focused on renovating and developing large apartment complexes throughout the south. She says, "I loved the work and found it very rewarding and challenging. From there I knew I wanted to pursue a career in construction management."
I was working for a CPA in New Hampshire that had a niche in construction accounting and I had to work with all kinds of construction companies. When I decided to leave public accounting and go into the private sector, construction seemed like a good fit for me. Also, growing up in Connecticut, my dad owned a ceiling and drywall construction company, so he's very proud that I am at Denron now.
Construction offers a tangible outcome that will exist for years, decades, in some cases centuries. When you work in construction you have an opportunity to leave your mark on the world. Additionally, the work is always interesting with endless opportunities for growth and development. As a military spouse I moved often so I am thankful the skills I have developed in construction are transferable.
Coryn Brosnan has been in the staffing industry for 22 years and says that skilled trades staffing is the most rewarding field she been a part of. "Peopleready Skilled Trades is a company that treats their employees amazing. Opportunity for growth and professional development are always available. We take pride in partnering with construction companies to help them grow".
To women considering a career in construction, Majken Poley, Project Manager with ReArch Company, would say, don't be afraid to put yourself out there. "It can sometimes feel pretty male dominant, but don't let that hold you back. I have found so much support and respect in my role, regardless of my gender. More and more women are popping up in the industry, paving the way for the future of women in construction."
A career in the construction industry has always come natural to Michelle Trodella, Director of Operations Administration with Methuen Construction Co., Inc. "Growing up in a family of skilled mechanics and trade workers instilled an interest from a young age to not only love the visual and measurable accomplishments at the completion of a project, but also to embrace each step along the process as individual small achievements. Like many who have held the flashlight for their fathers while they worked on a project, that contribution albeit small was essential. Each individual role plays a part within the progression of the project progression and successful completion."
Kristen Peik with Alpine Environmental, Inc. appreciated the more tangible work that goes into the construction industry. "Even though I'm not working in a hands-on position, it's rewarding to see the end result of the work our company as a whole provides our clients."
Construction was not so much an industry Nicole Demers, Payroll Manager with Optiline Enterprises LLC. was looking for but more that she fell into and loved. "It was and still is a dream job...The projects we are on are always different and our team crushes it!"
Juliet Hadley graduated from Elon University with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management. After graduating she joined the family business, Pella Windows & Doors of New England, as a Marketing & Business Development Associate. She enjoys many things about her career, but, she says, “working with my family members (dad, sister, brother-in-law) is something I will cherish for the rest of my life.”
Megan Butcher, Project Manager with Fulcrum Associates, sees construction as a unique opportunity to meet and interact with many different types of people and problems. "No single day is the same as the last and there are always things changing and new things to learn. The industry as a whole is at a point where it is no longer moving in the direction of how it has always been but seeing major innovation in every aspect from how the work is actually implemented to how projects are managed."
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.
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."
Growing up around the construction industry, Amanda Sargent found it really interesting at a young age. "I like that each project you do has different challenges, and your days are not always the same. There are many moving parts to a project and I like being able to be involved in all of those different pieces coming together for the final product."
The opportunity to work at Denron Plumbing just happened to fall into Kim Sabean's lap. "I was brought in to help organize the tool room and 6 months later I am running it."