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Roles for Women in Construction

By Brighton College on June 19th, 2018 in Construction

Women in Construction can fill roles from drafting and design to project management to operations and supervision.

Women with a strong work ethic, assertiveness skills, and solid boundaries are highly successful in the male-dominated construction industry. Attributes including attention to detail, negotiation skills, emotional intelligence, and organizational skills are excellent traits that women in construction can use to improve their chances for a highly lucrative and successful career! Women in construction continue to prove their capabilities and move into management and even ownership of their own companies.

With fewer than 3% of women in the building trades, there is room for women to step into the construction industry easily. In these modern times, companies are looking to hire more diverse ranges of employees and to hire more women.

It’s time to have a closer look at the many opportunities that exist for women in construction.

Women in construction with great organizational skills would make great project managers.

Employment Numbers in the Construction Industry

According to statistics from the Government of Canada, 230,000 British Columbia residents are employed in construction thanks in part to construction capital and infrastructure spending from all levels of Government. Employment in this industry since 2017 has increased year over year by 8.2% with $75 billion dollars in construction projects. Because of retirement and economic development, approximately 59,000 job openings are expected through to 2027.

Career Paths

Career paths in the Construction Industry are diverse with plenty of exciting career choices and offering a high degree of job stability. Generally, when someone thinks of careers in the construction industry, the list of opportunities are the labour workers, carpentry, electrician, etc. But many opportunities exist to work as construction technicians, construction estimators, project management, site supervisor and many more.

Construction Estimator

  • Calculate the price of time, labour, and materials for a project
  • Prepares bids to present to clients
  • Working with software to create the bids
  • Involves working with blueprints and math calculations

Construction Technician

  • Produce structural designs, drawings, and specifications using software
  • Ensure building codes and regulations are in compliance with designs
  • Perform visual inspections including for structural integrity and fire safety
  • Conduct tests on soil conditions and concrete

Women in Construction can fill a diverse number of roles without being a labour worker.

Site Supervisor

  • Assessing safety hazards including regular inspections on site
  • Inform workers of safety rules, potential safety hazards
  • Implement safety program/training
  • Perform emergency first aid

Project Manager

  • Plan the building process including project plan, phases, and milestones
  • Allocate resources from bricks and mortar to tools and ensure they are available
  • Recruit and manage staff including allocating tasks
  • Setting benchmarks such as milestones to monitor progress and taking steps to bring a project back on track and within budget

Pursuing a career in construction has many advantages including job stability, benefits, and higher than average wages as well as bonuses and advancement opportunities. It can provide an opportunity for work on exciting building projects from hospitals to shopping centers and schools.

There are a number of drafting and design technician roles that women in construction with computer skills and a passion for building design.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry, Brighton College has many exciting programs including Construction and Drafting Technician, Construction Operations and Supervision, and Construction Project Management Diploma. Please contact one of our Education Advisors to discuss your path towards a career in the Construction Industry.