WIC Week 2017 – Joy Breive

Women in Construction (WIC) Week is upon us once again!  This week-long celebration is a yearly acknowledgement of the many contributions of women to the AEC industry, as well as a time to raise awareness of the various opportunities available to women within the industry.

Arden Building Companies is proud to have a diverse group of women working in wide variety of roles, from pipefitting, to sales, to estimating, and accounting.

As part of our WIC Week celebration, we asked members of our team to share their experiences as a woman in construction and offer advice for other women/young girls who are thinking about a career within the industry.  We’ll be sharing these stories throughout the week.

Today, Joy Breive of MJ Daly shares her story.

How and why did you get into the industry?

I began working at M. J. Daly when I was 22 years old inJoy Breive the Mechanical Department. I was working directly for the President and Vice Presidents and have now been here 32 years this June. I also worked in Fire Protection Construction and Service department for about 12 years and then transferred back to Mechanical Department. I have been fortunate to have helped in the accounting office as well throughout the years, learning payroll, certified payrolls, and billings which gave me a greater understanding of how the business works. I currently assist our project managers and estimators. Our PMs need help with submittals, Change Order Requests, POs, Subcontract Agreements, Insurances, Bonds, and reminders on tasks/issues to be dealt with. Our estimators need pre-qualifications completed so we can bid on jobs, bid bonds, bid forms prepared, pricing obtained from vendors, and subcontractors.

What challenges do you see associated with being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated field?

Some men do not take women seriously and unless you show a little backbone and strong will, you may get disregarded.

 What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Winning a new job or completing a successful project and knowing you contributed slightly to the achievement.

 Why do you think so few women are attracted to the field?  Ideas for how to change that?

It’s not advertised or promoted for women as much as it should be. It needs to start at the high schools. We need more women in both the office environment as PMs and especially in the field actually performing the work.

 What advice do you have for women/young girls thinking about a career in construction?

Women need to know they can do whatever they put their minds to. If they come out of their comfort zone and try something different they might find they really like it. They will never know if they don’t try.

To read part one, click here.