Women In Roofing.

More than ever before are women becoming a part of the roofing industry. We are excited about being a part of educating, mentoring and supporting the next generation of professional female roofers.

Women In Roofing.

More than ever before are women becoming a part of the roofing industry. We are excited about being a part of educating, mentoring and supporting the next generation of professional female roofers.

Educating, Mentoring and Supporting

OR & SW WA Roofers & Waterproofers is proud of actively supporting women advance their careers in the trades.

Rosa Rivera

“What attracted me to the trade is the work. It’s pretty physical and I like staying busy. […] I love the work! It’s rewarding for me to be part of a team and being able to do a project from start to finish.”

Rosa Rivera

“What attracted me to the trade is the work. It’s pretty physical and I like staying busy. […] I love the work! It’s rewarding for me to be part of a team and being able to do a project from start to finish.”

Interview With an Apprentice Roofer

JATC: Name and time in the trade? Rosa: Rosa Rivera, 3.5 years JATC: What is your position in the trade? Rosa: 4th-year apprentice about to Journey out! JATC: What attracted you to the trade? Rosa: The work. It’s pretty physical and I like it and staying busy. JATC: Is it too physical for a woman? Rosa: No. I don’t think it is because of the teamwork & there are tools & equipment to help move materials to make the job easier.
JATC: What benefits, as a woman, do you feel or see by being in the Roofing trade? Rosa: It is rewarding to be part of a team. To be able to drive by a job you were a part of and be able to say, “I did that”. JATC: Have you faced any challenges? Rosa: I have. Sometimes the guys I worked with wouldn’t want help from a woman because I didn’t know what I was doing, or they just didn’t want to take directions from a woman. JATC: Did you have a support team you could go to? Rosa: I have gone to the other female apprentices within the trade for advice and/or support. It helps a lot because they know or understand the situation you are dealing with. I also have two sisters who are in the construction trades (Electricians). I often asked them how they would handle the situation if they were in it.
JATC: Did or do you ever feel intimidated? Rosa: At first, I felt intimidated but now I think I intimidate some people because the guys don’t always know how to act around me or what to say to me. JATC: How do you handle those situations? Rosa: I just talk to the guys to try to get them to not feel so serious all the time & try to get them to relax. JATC: Do you enjoy the work? Rosa: I love the work! It’s very rewarding for me to be part of a team and being able to do a project from start to finish.
Read Full Interview

JATC: Name & time in the trade?

Rosa: Rosa Rivera, 3.5 years

JATC: What is your position in the trade?

Rosa: 4th-year apprentice about to Journey out!

JATC: What attracted you to the trade?

Rosa: The work. It’s pretty physical & I like it and staying busy

JATC: Is it too physical for a woman?

Rosa: No. I don’t think it is because of the teamwork & there are tools & equipment to help move materials to make the job easier.

JATC: What benefits, as a woman, do you feel or see by being in the Roofing trade?

Rosa: It is rewarding to be part of a team. To be able to drive by a job you were a part of & be able to say, “I did that”.

JATC: Have you faced any challenges?

Rosa: I have. Sometimes the guys I worked with wouldn’t want help from a woman because I didn’t know what I was doing, or they just didn’t want to take directions from a woman.

JATC: Did you have a support team you could go to?

Rosa: I have gone to the other female apprentices within the trade for advice and/or support. It helps a lot because they know or understand the situation you are dealing with. I also have two sisters who are in the construction trades (Electricians). I often asked them how they would handle the situation if they were in it.

JATC: Did or do you ever feel intimidated?

Rosa: At first, I felt intimidated but now I think I intimidate some people because the guys don’t always know how to act around me or what to say to me.

JATC: How do you handle those situations?

Rosa: I just talk to the guys to try to get them to not feel so serious all the time & try to get them to relax.

JATC: Do you enjoy the work?

Rosa: I love the work! It’s very rewarding for me to be part of a team and being able to do a project from start to finish.

Tradeswomen’s Career Fair

We are excited and looking forward to participating in this years Oregon Tradeswomen’s 2018 Career Fair. If you know any women that are interested in the Construction Trades, this is the event to be at. We will have hands-on activities and information available for any and all who are interested in learning more about the Roofing trade. Come by and visit our apprentices and graduates that will be working our tent. Click here for more information.

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