It’s Women in Construction Week! Each year, I Build America Ohio takes the opportunity during Women in Construction Week to share the stories of the women across the state who make up our great industry. The stories of these women show the diverse backgrounds, interests, skills, and talents that are part of the work we do–and we encourage more women of all ages and interests to consider careers in construction. You can follow along as the nation celebrates its female construction workforce. Check out the hashtag #WICWeek2022 and #IBuildAmericaOhio!
The Women of Ohio’s Workforce: Meet Mandy
Company: Ohio CAT
Title/Position: Rental Store Manager
Years working in construction:
I have worked for 8 years as of April 2022 for Ohio CAT.
How did you get started with a career in construction?
I started out in the service department for Ohio CAT looking for a company who cares about their employees. My dad works at our local Vocational school as a Diesel mechanics instructor. My dad told me he has worked with CAT in reference to sending students to the “Think Big Program”. Since my dad always had good things to say about Ohio CAT, I applied for the service position that was available. After working for the service department for 3.5 years, I moved onto our Asset Management Team as an Asset Coordinator. I learned a tremendous amount of construction industry information on the Rental Asset Team working with a variety of employees, customers and various departments within Ohio CAT. I have since moved to the Rental Store Manager position of the Zanesville and Cadiz branches with Ohio CAT. My time at Ohio CAT has been rewarding and enjoyable.
In your experience, what do women bring to the construction industry?
I think women bring a different perspective and enthusiasm to this field.
In what ways does your company support more women joining the industry?
I think our company encourages education and helps provide training to help succeed.
What do you like most about working in construction?
Helping others and being able to find creative solutions to our challenges.
If you were to give young women (high schoolers) advice about beginning a career in construction, what would you say?
I would say to a young woman to never allow the fear of the unknown stop you from trying new opportunities. I have found over my career at Ohio CAT, the most rewarding events have initially seemed the most intimidating. I would help young women build confidence that they can learn, educate and grow in the construction industry.