The week of March 7-13, 2021 we recognize and celebrate Women in Construction Week (WIC) and the many women who work in and make important contributions to our industry every day! We are pleased to share the stories from many of the women who work and live in NH and VT. The project was created in partnership with I Build NH and NAWIC Granite State Chapter.
Honestly, the only reason I started working in the construction industry was because I was a single mom needing to provide for my daughter.
What is your education/training background?
Most of my education in the construction industry comes from hands on experience and my Dad. I started out as a laborer, did a little carpentry, a little welding and then I finally found my place, which was sitting in the seat of a crane. And I will never forget what one of the best operators of that company told me, he said I can show you what these controls do, but I can’t show you how to operate. I was 10 years in the seat before moving back to Maine and getting a job with Reed & Reed and getting NCCCO certified.
How did you find yourself working in the construction industry?
I was about 2 years old when my father started working as a supervisor for Bridge Construction. I’d say most of my family has been in the Construction business one way or another, my bothers, who say my father didn’t know the crane was there to make things easier on them lol. My mom and sister were field office clerks. So it only stands to reason being the last of seven, that I join in on the fun. The one thing I am most thankful for is that my Dad was able to watch me operate before passing on to go meet our Heavenly Father.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
I absolutely love operating a crane. The adrenaline rush is like no other and the challenges that it brings everyday is exciting to me. And I love math, it’s logical!
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on?
Ok well interesting means challenging to me and I’d have to say a project in Wildwood Florida. Tandem picks. We’d picked the girder up off of the truck and my crane would have to walk my end of the girder to the pier where they would chain it down temporarily then I would walk that crane out of the way and jump into another crane and hook on it again to set it in place on a skew with the girder only inches from my boom. Keeps the heart pumping!
What advice do you have for women who want to work in the construction industry?
Go for it. It’s still a man dominated industry but don’t let that intimidate you, there is plenty of training out there and available to you, NAWIC for one. The one thing that we have over them out there is patience and with that comes perfection.
There truly is nothing that you can’t do, man or woman, once you set your heart and mind on it. It is Yours, own it my friends!
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its members work. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors.
I Build New Hampshire
I Build NH represents the construction sector of the state through the Sector Partnerships Initiative (SPI). I Build NH represents companies involved in heavy construction like municipal water treatment systems and road building, electric and telecommunication infrastructure, civil engineering, heating/ventilation/air conditioning businesses and more.
National Association of Women in Construction
The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) has over 115 chapters throughout the United States, including the NAWIC Granite State Chapter. NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. NAWIC advocates for the value and impact of women builders, professionals and tradeswomen in all aspects of the construction industry.