As part of Women in Construction Week 2022, we’re highlighting the women of Miron Construction – their backgrounds, what got them into construction, and what both rewards and challenges them. We hope these features inform and inspire you!
- What are the most challenging things on a project? The most challenging thing on a project is communication. There are a lot of thoughts and ideas on a job site, and when everyone communicates well it helps the project run safely and smoothly.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job? The most rewarding part of the job is finishing a task and seeing the final product. It gives me a sense of accomplishment, pride, and confidence.
- Did you have a mentor when you started? I did not have a specific mentor when I started, but I have worked for some awesome superintendents who encouraged me to not give up on this career. There were a couple of times when I would ask myself, “What am I doing here?” But after having a couple good pep talks and hearing some words of encouragement, I began building more confidence and getting physically stronger. I won’t ever go back to doing anything else.
- What has been your favorite project you have worked on? I would have to say my favorite project has been the UW-Madison Chemistry Building in Madison, Wis. I have been on the project since it was a hole in the ground. Now it is an eleven story building and near completion. This project has been the biggest learning experience and one of the biggest challenges. It has been an awesome experience full of information and knowledge. I am looking forward to being on many more projects to come with Miron and the great teams we have.
- What are some challenges you face in your role? Working with all men is sometimes a challenge within itself. But, if you keep your head in the game, complete your tasks, and work towards your end goal, you’ll do just fine.
- How did you get into construction? After quitting a previous job, I heard of a project that was hiring laborers through a temporary agency. I thought it was going to be a long shot for me but I decided to try anyway. I went to the interview in 2017 and have been here working with Miron ever since. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to doing anything else. I like feeling the sense of accomplishment after finishing any task or project.