For National Women in Construction (WIC) week, this week, we are excited to feature some of the amazing Weifield women working in both the office and the field who help to keep our company running smoothly!
Next up for feature #7 is a short write-up on what working in the construction industry means to her, from:
ROBIN HICKS, SPECIAL PROJECTS ASSISTANT PROJECT MANAGER!
I decided to do a work program while I was in college that had me intern for a few semesters with a water/wastewater company. My role was testing water quality at an R&D site, so my first taste of corporate life actually started with me in the field. I landed a project engineering job with the company upon graduation that took me to construction sites throughout industrial regions regularly (he East coast and Canada). I was mainly supervising installations of our technological equipment. I enjoyed the field work – a hard day of supervision or manual labor left me feeling much more satisfied than a long day behind a computer screen. I realized I like the organizational piece of project management mixed with field work, so I took a job with a controls automation company in Austin, TX that had me managing a complete system buildout of portable wastewater treatment tanks. I spent most of my time in the field helping my mechanical and electrical teams assemble each tank while managing the scope of each project. I took my prior experiences and applied to a larger company with more growth opportunities; which led me to Weifield where I currently do assistant project management. Even as an office member, we get to have site visits regularly and still feel connected to the construction side by regular involvement in the daily activities on site.
My favorite thing about construction is getting to watch a design on paper come to life; to watch it become a functional and important entity to society. Whether it’s a hospital, school, apartment complex, or something more behind-the-scenes that’s critical to our infrastructure, it’s so rewarding the first time you flip the switch and watch a project you spent ‘X’ number of months or years on come to life.
What I love about Weifield: it’s a tie between the people I work with and getting to work on so many cool projects. In the Special Projects department we get to work on quicker timelines, and have multiple projects of varying difficulty levels. I get to drive around Denver and point out to family and friends the projects I work on – tangible and exciting buildouts that even those with no construction background find interesting. That said, I don’t think I would enjoy the projects nearly as much if I didn’t also enjoy the crews that are working on them – everyone is kind and patient. There seems to be a base level of desire to help each team member out, which is rare to find.