Women In Roofing.
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.
“I feel a freedom in being capable and able to do the work I do. I take pride in my skill and my trade.“
“I feel a freedom in being capable and able to do the work I do. I take pride in my skill and my trade”
Interview With an Apprentice Roofer
JATC: Name and time in the trade? Suzanne: Suzanne Young, 6 years
JATC: What is your position in the trade? Rosa: Journeyman
JATC: What attracted you to the trade? Suzanne: It looked exciting and I was looking to change everything in my life. My previous employment was HR/Accounting.
JATC: Is it too physical for a woman? Rosa: No not too physical. There are so many tools and equipment out there which allows us to work smarter not harder.
JATC: What benefits, as a woman, do you feel or see by being in the Roofing trade? Suzanne: I feel a freedom in being capable and able to do the work I do. I take pride in my skill and my trade.
JATC: Have you faced any challenges? Suzanne: My biggest challenge was believing in myself in the beginning of my apprenticeship and belief in my ability to learn the trade and gain respectable skill.
JATC: Did you have a support team you could go to? Suzanne: I have a great group of friends and family that have encouraged and supported me on my journey.
JATC: Favorite project? Suzanne: Knight Cancer Research Building; 1) It felt awesome to have my little fingers prints all over a building built with so much hope and promise in curing cancer; 2) 3 crew members and 12,000 square feet of below grade waterproofing, we smashed it! 3) got to come back and do all the deck coating.
Women working in the trade’s years ago, long before me, had so many barriers to overcome and thanks to many brave women we now have the opportunities we have today. My experience has been very positive. I feel supported and accepted.
I’m not sure it’s changes we need to make as women being in the trade… I feel like I just go out there and do what I love to do and do it as best as I can. Rise and meet every challenge then I am a success. It’s your future make it what you want.
Roofing and Waterproofing is challenging, it is fast paced, a little dirty and its team work. It’s not for everyone but if you are even considering this I say your likely one of us so come get this going.