MARQUETTE – You donât have to be a man to run a chop saw.
The Northern Michigan construction management program hosted Women in Construction Day on Friday at the Jacobetti Complex, where high school women experienced a variety of goods at the event.
Kate Havel, the operations specialist and event coordinator for the construction management program, called it a “Day of career exploration” to provide opportunities to high schoolers, specifically in construction or businesses, they may have nowhere else to go.
“They got the experience of making something in the wood shop,” Said Havel. “They’re doing a small welding project. They’ve learned about the mixed reality in terms of the construction industry and urban planning.”
The wood shop activity allowed participants to make a charred -cedar framed wall mirror – of course made.
It may not change their reflections in the mirrors, but at least they will know that they are handmade.
“They used chop saws and nail guns and impact drivers to cut everything,” Said Havel.
Courtney Larson of Marquette Senior High School said she participated in two previous Women on Construction Days.
Of course, every day is different.
“I used some double sided tape on a mirror,” he said about the wood shop session on Friday.
Larson plans to resume woodworking on Friday.
“I’m already doing some wood shopping, so I think it would be fun to get it even more involved,” he said. he says. “It’s a small part of a career aside for me.”
Rotate groups between stations, but are given safety-protocol instructions before they begin.
According to NMU, high schoolers came from all over the High Peninsula to take part in the event, which was made possible through sponsorships from regional and alumni-owned companies with additional support from the university.
NMU also indicated that the construction industry has one of the smallest gender wage gaps between women and men, but women make up only 9.9% of its workers, a recent Bureau of Labor report said. Labor Statistics.
Many people may agree that construction-related fields are generally viewed as men-dominated professions, but Havel thinks women are at work.
“We have the physical strength to do it like men,” Said Havel. âThere is a need in the industry to diversify and to include more women.
“We have a program for them here in the North and then we have connections with alumni who are looking to take on more women. It’s a win-win situation.”