The Women of Construction
I Build America – Ohio is dedicated to celebrating the women of construction! Women are a vital part of our industry, and there are female leaders at all levels of construction work. From foreman to company owners and executives, construction wouldn’t be the industry it is without its female employees. Join us and our partners in celebrating the success of women within your own company and across the nation during National Women in Construction Week 2021.
Meet: Terri Watts
Name: Terri Watts
Company: Shook Construction Co., a construction company that serves clients in 13 states from its offices in Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Title/Position: Project Engineer
Years Working in Construction: 7 years
How Terri Started in the Construction Industry: “I started my career in construction through the Building Trades program at my high school. It was a class where we spent a half day every other day building a house that was sold at the end of the year. I participated in that program for my junior and senior year. That was when I realized that no matter what I did, I was going to do it in the construction industry.”
What Terri Loves Most About Her Job: “The best part about my job is learning something new every day. Every new project/activity/task is an opportunity to grow and learn something new.”
What Does It Mean to Terri to Be a Woman in the Construction Industry? “It means that I am just like everyone else on the team. I provide a different background/experience/perspective just like everyone else.”
What Career Advice Does Terri Offer to Women Considering a Career in Construction?
Hold your head high and don’t back down!
Learn More About Careers in Construction
Begin your career in construction today! Explore educational tools and resources right here on I Build America Ohio’s website. Questions about how to start a career in construction? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started in the right direction.
Follow along all week as we continue to share the message about the important role of women in construction, today and all year long!