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Women In The Trades
A "Man's" Job?
Women in the Trades
What Do Our Employees Have to Say?
One of our plumbers, Rachel G, shared that she grew up with a family that expected her to be a teacher or a stay-at-home mom. Those just didn’t feel like her calling. Rachel loves customer service and problem solving! She started off working in the Morris-Jenkins warehouse, but decided a short time later to take a leap and join the Build-a-Plumber program. When she showed up for the first day of class, she was the only female. She questioned her decision, but she stuck with it. Shortly after starting, she realized how encouraging her classmates and coworkers were. “I have so much support behind me- men and women, but mostly men, which is very rewarding. They never make me feel less than, they never make me feel weak, and they most certainly never treat me different because I am female,” she says. We asked Rachel about her thoughts on being a plumber. She commented, “I love putting my boots on every day, knowing what tools to grab for the job, and being able to properly diagnose something, less than a year into the field, with absolutely no previous knowledge.”
The Morris-Jenkins Field Trainer, Erica Cline, feels she has benefitted tremendously from taking a career in the trades. “I am a new homeowner, and my knowledge from this trade not only helped me IMMENSLY in the home buying process, but the skills I’ve gained have made home improvement a breeze. I haven’t needed to borrow to buy any tools for small projects. I was able to repair my own heat when it started making a weird noise one night.”Before joining one of our training programs, Erica didn’t know anything about the industry. Less than two years later, she has received multiple national certifications and she now works in our training department. “The career doesn’t require as much physical strength as you would think. Mental ingenuity goes much farther than physical strength,” she says. When reflecting on the benefits of being a woman in the trades, Erica says, “I like standing out as unique and special, and as a woman in the trades, I get to feel special every day. When a customer opens the door and says, ‘I’ve never had a female tech before!’ I get the opportunity to really impress them with my skills and knowledge, and I may even get to influence their perceptions of what women are capable of.”