Women in Construction Week, part 3

This week is Women in Construction Week, and NorLand Limited is spotlighting various women across our businesses.

Today, we are pleased to recognize Melissa Cutchey (Apprentice Mechanic, NorLand Limited).

How did you get involved in this industry?

I had a friend who was working for NorLand when I was looking for new work – he let me know of the Yard Coordinator position and pushed me to apply. I ended up getting the job, and when I was working in that position, another one opened for an Apprentice Heavy Duty Mechanic in our shop, so I jumped at the opportunity. I think showing my hard work ethic in my previous role helped me get into my position in the shop. The work I do can be hard, and when I don’t know how to do something I have to try and try again to figure it out or ask for help, but once I’ve figured out the problem, it is very empowering.

This year’s IWD campaign theme is #BreakTheBias. How do you think we can break the bias of gender norms in the construction industry?

I am the first female Heavy Duty Mechanic that my coworkers have worked with at NorLand, which is breaking a huge bias for all of them, and our company. It feels great to be able to do that; however, it doesn’t come without its challenges in the job. The more women we have working here, the easier it will be for other women to join.

Based on your own experience, what advice would you give to other women considering pursuing a career in construction?

Stand your ground and know your worth. If you let things slide people will walk all over you. Be confident in who you are.

What does International Women’s Day mean to you?

To me, it means to be recognized as a woman in a male dominated field.