Women in Construction Week Spotlight: Rebecca Schloer
Posted on Mar 4, 2022 by Miron Construction
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? Coordinating the sequence of work to make sure that all the trades are on site at the right point in the project and have an adequate amount of time to complete their work.
- What is the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing completed buildings and talking with the people who live and work in them.
- Did you have a mentor when you started? No, but I’ve acquired a solid group of supporters to help guide me over the years.
- What has been your favorite project you have worked on? The swimming pool at Hoyt Park in Wauwatosa. The existing park, pool and buildings were in disrepair and the County Park was no being used. Now the location is serving the community with a pool, beer garden and historic grand hall for community rentals and events.
- What did you want to be when you grew up? An artist.
- What made you interested in a career in construction? My two older brothers encouraged me get a degree in engineering like they did. The school we all attended (UW Platteville) had four available engineering disciplines at the time: mechanical, electrical, civil, and industrial. I heard Civil Engineers get to be outside so that is the one I picked. I did an internship with the Department of Transportation. At one point I realized that everything around us had been built and transformed by someone in the construction field; I was hooked.
- What are some challenges you face in your role? Finding my own style of management. It is important to watch other leaders and managers, see what works / doesn’t work, and what skills and techniques you feel comfortable using in your role.
- How did you get into construction? It feels like it was by chance, by continuing to show up every day, by asking to be a part of what interested me and by asking a million questions to whoever would answer.
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