INTERESTED IN THE HEAVY CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY?
Construction, for some, can be intimidating because it is big, noisy and full of heavy equipment. For others, the heavy equipment is what drew them to the industry.
“There’s no reason a woman couldn’t hop in a loader and drive it as well as men can.
“You don’t start with 10 years of experience. You have to start somewhere and you have to be kind to yourself when you start.”
Samantha Line, lab technician, Munro Group’s Lilyfield Quarry
Bursary opportunities for women in construction post-secondary programs
The Canadian Association of Women in Construction this year is offering a number of $2,000 bursaries to female students enrolled in construction related studies at Canadian post-secondary institutions.
Applicants must identify as a woman and have completed the first year of a diploma or degree program at a college or university, with full-time enrolment in the subsequent year. Additional information about the bursary can be found here and the application form can be found here.
Jamie Maytwayashing was drawn to heavy construction because his dad worked in the field. Maytwayashing started small, as a skid steer operator before moving into heavy construction and now drives a loader.
“I just enjoy being in a machine, being on my own.”
It was always his goal to operate heavy equipment and in his current job, he found the crew helped him find his feet, get comfortable with heavier equipment and greater responsibility. Now, Maytwayashing is showing others how to work onsite.
To those who are intimidated at the thought of breaking into the industry for a career, Maytwayashing’s message is go for it:
“Just get out there and do it. Be confident in yourself and your abilities.”
Interested in talking to someone about your future in heavy construction? Call Jacqueline Kent at 204-947-1379.