In honor of Women in Construction Week 2020, OlympiaTech is proud to feature a few of our female team members. Today’s feature is on AnnMarie Aho, who is an electrical design associate here at OlympiaTech. Here is what AnnMarie has to say about her experience working in the construction industry.
- Why did you choose a career in construction?
I took a few different trade classes when I was in middle and high school, but I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted to go until I visted Dunwoody College of Technology. I was debating between welding and electrical, but ultimately chose electrical. I chose a career in electrical construction because it was something different and challenging.
- What is the biggest challenge of being a woman in construction?
My biggest challenge as a woman in this industry is advocating for myself as a woman.
- What’s your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is seeing what I design come to life during the construction process.
- What’s your favorite project that you’ve worked on and why?
Bridgewater Bank HQ is my favorite so far. With all the different light fixtures and design elements that have gone into the project, it’s been really unique.
- What advice would you give someone just starting out on the path to working in the construction industry?
Learn as much as you can, be patient, take your time, and know its ok to walk away for a breather. There are going to be good days where everything is working smoothly and some days where it is going to be rough.
- What is your ultimate career goal?
My ultimate goal is to become a better designer, work on bigger projects, and increase my skills with Trimble design.
Women in Construction Week (WIC Week) was formalized by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and presents an opportunity to highlight the contributions of women in the construction industry. WIC Week also provides an opportunity for NAWIC members throughout the country to raise awareness of the many career paths and opportunities available for women in the industry. To learn more about NAWIC and WIC Week, visit www.nawic.org.