CELEBRATING WIC WEEK: THE AMAZING WOMEN OF WEIFIELD (FEATURE #7)!
March 1 – 7, 2020 is nationally recognized as Women in Construction (WIC) Week — where companies throughout the U.S. celebrate and emphasize the growing role of women in the industry!
We are excited to profile some of the highly competent and committed women in our ranks, this week – next up is Aly Holdredge, Weifield Mechanical Assembler!
“WHEN I STARTED AT WEIFIELD AS A WELD ASSISTANT I KNEW RIGHT AWAY I FOUND MY DREAM JOB” ~ ALY HOLDREDGE, WEIFIELD MECHANICAL ASSEMBLER
I couldn’t tell you what got me started in construction, it was always just a part of who I am. Fabricating and welding was a huge escape for me when things got tough because when the welding hood dropped so did all of the negativity. I have tried culinary arts, child care and many other trades but always get drawn back to fabrication. When I started at Weifield as a weld assistant I knew right away I found my dream job. After 9 long months of getting in the groove of the welding department and the pace of my lead, I am now capable of doing jobs on my own.
I heard somewhere that only 20% of the world’s population truly enjoy what they do; I am so glad to be considered part of that 20%. Every project I work on makes me feel like I’m a part of something bigger than myself and that’s an amazing feeling!!
I have only had a few people in my life who have went above and beyond for my dreams and aspirations. I want to thank my mom for being the light of my life by guiding and inspiring me every single day; I want to thank her for making me smile when I thought it wasn’t possible. I want to praise my little siblings for giving me a reason to fight when I thought there was nothing to fight for. And I also want to thank my welding instructor because he has been a true role model when I had no one to look up to. He fought for me and my education when no one did. And thanks to the company for giving me the opportunity to follow through with my dreams.
As for what I enjoy most about Weifield – where do I start?? The work is physically demanding and challenging but I love it!! I enjoy the suspense of not knowing what job will come next and how we will accomplish it. But above all reasons, I would have to say all of the guys I work with in prefab make every day here worth it!
Statistically speaking, only 9.1% of the construction workforce is women. Out of that 9.1% only 1.5% women do the “dirty” jobs, field and shop work, which means 98.5% of the construction workers are male. I would love to see the amount of passionate women in construction doubled by 2030, meaning I hope women get to see the day we become 20% of the construction workforce.