I started at Massaro in July of 2014 as a Project Engineer. It was my first “big kid” job out of college after graduating in April 2014. Aside from me being a young PE, I am also a female in construction. I’ve heard that being a female in construction or in any engineering can be tough. However, for me, that was not quite the case.
Although I did run into a few people that may have ignored my questions or comments or directed their questions towards my PM or superintendent, I feel it had more to do with me being a young PE than being female. It didn’t bother me much when people did this though because I was just still learning, and I still am, so by hearing the questions and the answers and comments from my PM and super, it helped me to learn and know what to do or say in situations.
However, most people I worked with, owners or subs, were very helpful to me. When I first introduced myself to people, I told them it was my first project and job out of college and they would take their time to explain things to me so I would understand what they were asking or sending me. And again, I don’t know if they helped me out more because I was female or just a young PE just trying to learn about the construction process.
I did notice though that once I started holding meetings at the site for the onsite foreman, they would listen and be very respectful when I stood up to hold the meeting. They may have just been very respectful, nice guys, but at times I felt they were just nice because I was a female and they didn’t want to upset me. Although I was ok with them thinking that because then I got to say what I wanted and they didn’t argue much. Once we had a few meetings though, they were still nice and respectful, but would also joke with me.
So all in all, I don’t really think being a female in construction was as tough for me as what I’ve heard. I feel that just being a young PE in the industry stuck out more than being female, but like I said most people were willing to help me learn.
Jennifer Drover, Project Engineer