Women in the Trades

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Meet Lynsey!! (@lynsmcn_civilengineer)⬇️⬇️

▪️Lynsey started working as a site engineer after graduating from university. She studied civil engineering at the University of Dundee. ▫️She the progressed to a section engineer responsible for constructing 16 turbines on a wind farm in South Wales. From there, she moved to reservoir construction and large diameter pipe work. Now, she is workingContinue reading “Meet Lynsey!! (@lynsmcn_civilengineer)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Elizabeth!! (@lizzyredwy)⬇️⬇️

▪️Historically, the women in Elizabeth’s family have always worked in the male dominated fields. Train conductors, electricians, heavy equipment operators.. So it was an easy decision to continue in their foot steps! ▫️Elizabeth wanted to travel, see things, and meet new people. Right out of high school, she was accepted into a Pipe Fitters /Continue reading “Meet Elizabeth!! (@lizzyredwy)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Bailee!!(@bclaire_carpentry)⬇️⬇️

▪️Bailee is a 23 year old carpenter from South Australia. She completed her carpentry apprenticeship in 2019 before taking off on her own and starting her own successful business, B.Claire Carpentry. ▫️She took the leap into the construction industry after a decision to follow her passion rather than the social norm – exiting a universityContinue reading “Meet Bailee!!(@bclaire_carpentry)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Kaitlyn!! (@victorias_metalworks)⬇️⬇️

▪️Kaitlyn is 20 years old, and in her second year of college for welding. She received her qualifications in December and is finishing out her Associates Degree at Mountain Empire Community College. This summer semester, she will begin power lineman classes and hopefully will graduate with her Welding Associates Degree, a Certificate Power Lineman andContinue reading “Meet Kaitlyn!! (@victorias_metalworks)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Suzy!! (@princesssparkanglesey19)⬇️⬇️

▪️Suzy has been doing electrics with her dad since she was 14, but only officially got her qualifications in 2019! ▫️Suzy originally wanted to become a theatre performer, so she went to university for performing arts. She went against everything she had always been told, which was that she would never go to university. ▪️WhileContinue reading “Meet Suzy!! (@princesssparkanglesey19)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Rachel and Claire! (@venus_renovations)⬇️⬇️

▪️Rachel and Claire have been working in the trades for ten years collectively and decided to take the plunge and start their own business two years ago. ▫️Servicing Toronto and the GTA they have found success in the interior renovations market, and are always excited to make new connections within the trades community. Their favouriteContinue reading “Meet Rachel and Claire! (@venus_renovations)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Katie!! (@thekatiebuttera)⬇️⬇️

▪️Katie Buttera is a 4th generation artist, craftsman and owner of Apple Girl Art LLC. ▫️Her grandfather, John Buttera, is a hall of fame funny car, dragster and motorcycle builder and the considered godfather of billet. ▪️All she has done is hang around racecars. Indycars, sportscars, vintage cars, and drag racing, all racecars are goodContinue reading “Meet Katie!! (@thekatiebuttera)⬇️⬇️”

Meet DeIla Ray!! ( @Deila.Ray ) ⬇️⬇️

▪️DeIla Ray is a certified combo coded vessel welder in SMAW & GTAW. Over the past 7 years, DeIla Ray, her husband and their 3 Dachshunds have travelled the US fabricating and building a variety of piping systems for compressor stations, refineries, water treatment facilities and wastewater treatment facilities. ▫️She has had zero schooling, zeroContinue reading “Meet DeIla Ray!! ( @Deila.Ray ) ⬇️⬇️”

Meet Holly!! (@happy_lil_electrician)⬇️⬇️

▪️Holly Klingelhoefer is 26 years old and a commercial Journeyman electrician. ▫️She has been in the trade for 7 years. Before she decided to be an electrician, She was worked for the family business Klingelhoefer Well Drilling. ▪️Holly learned how to operate backhoes, drive semi, weld, pull pumps and many other things. Although she lovedContinue reading “Meet Holly!! (@happy_lil_electrician)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Bethany!! (@bethanyd.wilson)⬇️⬇️

▪️Bethany is 22 years old and a second year apprentice Elevator Constructor out of local #44 Toledo, Ohio. ▫️Her father and grandfather were electricians, and they both discouraged her from entering the trades. When she started college and was unhappy with the career she was pursuing, a boyfriend’s dad suggested that she may be goodContinue reading “Meet Bethany!! (@bethanyd.wilson)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Catherine!! (@cat_the_machinist)⬇️⬇️

▪️Catherine is 24 years old and from the UK! ▫️She went to college and studied mechanical engineering for 2 years before getting an apprenticeship as a mechanist! She was working in stores before hand, then she was offered the opportunity to be trained doing machining. She accepted and absolutely loved it! ▪️She has been machiningContinue reading “Meet Catherine!! (@cat_the_machinist)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Anna!! (@theplumbingprincess)⬇️⬇️

▪️Anna became a plumber after going through a divorce. Being young and divorced was incredibly difficult for her. She wasn’t making enough money to pay the bills, and her dad (who’s also a plumber) suggested she should go into a trade. ▫️She figured plumbing would be a wise choice, since she would have her dadContinue reading “Meet Anna!! (@theplumbingprincess)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Jamie!! (@steelcitysparkette)⬇️⬇️

▪️Jamie is a fourth year electrical apprentice with Local Union #5 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! She has a year an a half left until she becomes a journeyman! ▫️Jamie’s father is an Electrical Engineer, so she has had exposure to electrical systems from a young age. She always thought her dad’s career was interesting, but didn’tContinue reading “Meet Jamie!! (@steelcitysparkette)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Lindsey!! (@babethebuilder)⬇️⬇️

▪️Lindsey recently started her own company, Babe The Builder!! Her boyfriend created the name as a way to joke around, but it ended up sticking. She finds the name cute, playful and empowering! 💕 ▫️She received her bachelors in Construction Management from Ferris State University and Associates in Civil Engineering in 2013. She has workedContinue reading “Meet Lindsey!! (@babethebuilder)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Nicole!! (@icraveboost)⬇️⬇️

▪️Nicole Murphy is the Co-Owner and VP at iCraveBoost Performance in Denver, Colorado! ( @icraveboostperformance ) ▫️Nicole is a custom engine builder, her shop specializes in JDM cars such Evo’s, STI’s, Supra’s, ect but they will work on any platform looking for more power! ▪️Nicole has always been apart of the car community in Colorado.Continue reading “Meet Nicole!! (@icraveboost)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Andrea!! (@andie.from.electrical)⬇️⬇️

▪️ Andrea Davidson is 31 years young and is completing her 309A construction and maintenance electrical apprenticeship in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. 🇨🇦🍁 (Girl I work in Kitchener! We are so damn close!) ▫️Andrea attended Concordia university in Montreal, Quebec on a wrestling scholarship. During that time she got a severe knee injury. She completed herContinue reading “Meet Andrea!! (@andie.from.electrical)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Megan!! (@megandoesplumbing)⬇️⬇️

▪️Megan Gray is a first year plumbing apprentice in Calgary, Alberta! 🇨🇦🍁 ▫️She worked in childcare and advertising before she began to feel antsy, and realized that she needed to work with her hands! ▪️She didn’t know anyone in the trades, especially not women. Megan had to educate herself and put herself out there. SheContinue reading “Meet Megan!! (@megandoesplumbing)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Jenna!! (@tigerrrzz)⬇️⬇️

▪️Jenna is an aircraft mechanic by trade, but she is currently working in the Aerospace Industry as a flight technician for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. ▫️Through JPL, Jenna assisted in building the Perseverance Mars Rover, that will be landing on Mars February 18th 2021! ▪️She used to be a fibreglass technician, specifically for a themeContinue reading “Meet Jenna!! (@tigerrrzz)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Hannah!! (@highvolthannah)⬇️⬇️

▪️Hannah AKA Highvolt Hannah among the automotive community, loves classic cars, custom bikes and getting her hands dirty!! ▫️She is 22 years old, and a Level 2 Automotive Service Technician Apprentice, working towards her certifications! ▪️Automotive was not in her initial plans, as she was preparing for University post secondary, her mom suggested taking anContinue reading “Meet Hannah!! (@highvolthannah)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Marleen!! (@marleenoedzes)⬇️⬇️

▪️Marlene Oedzes is 26 years old, from the Netherlands! She is a certified female tig welder for pipeline! ▫️She always knew she wanted to do something technical. After beginning her engineering education, she soon realized that welding was going to become her profession. ▪️The first year after she graduated was tough. Marleen was insecure andContinue reading “Meet Marleen!! (@marleenoedzes)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Courtney and Hayden!! (@chardcourtney)⬇️⬇️

▪️Courtney Chard is a second generation U.A. Pipe welder with local 46 Toronto. She grew up around the trades and saw her father take great pride in his work. She didn’t know it was an option for her because the trades weren’t talked about in schools, especially for women. ▫️She finally grew enough courage toContinue reading “Meet Courtney and Hayden!! (@chardcourtney)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Stormy!! (@wrenchology)⬇️⬇️

▪️Stormy Courter got into cars in high school. She started working in retail as a Parts Advisor. ▫️She attended College and obtained a couple degree for Automotive Service and Diesel. ▪️Stormy then moved to the Pacific Northwest and decided to begin turning wrenches for a while! ▫️Now, she is a multi-line manufacturers representative during theContinue reading “Meet Stormy!! (@wrenchology)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Lisbeth!! (@rebelbehindthegun) ⬇️⬇️

▪️Lisbeth is 24 years old, she comes from a small village in Norway. She has been a certified Car Painter for 3 years! ▫️She started working at Automotive Evje a few months after she got the certification. She is the only painter, so she is completely self-taught. ▪️Her hobbies include riding quad bikes, snowmobiling, makeup,Continue reading “Meet Lisbeth!! (@rebelbehindthegun) ⬇️⬇️”


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Meet Rachel!! (@sawdustandsmoke)⬇️⬇️

▪️Rachel is a carpenter/furniture maker in Saskatchewan, Canada. 🇨🇦🍁 ▫️Her company, Sawdust and Smoke, specializes in custom pieces made from reclaimed wood and recycled materials. ♻️🪵 ▪️When at all possible, she sources them from the local barns and buildings she personally demolishes. 🏚 ▫️Rachel teaches regular Women’s woodworking classes to promote the increasing number ofContinue reading “Meet Rachel!! (@sawdustandsmoke)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Sana!! (@twisting_force)⬇️⬇️

▪️Sana is from Beach Park, IL. She works on semi tractors and trailers (and anything diesel!) ▫️She has a huge passion for welding, tow trucks and motorcycles. She previously worked as an HVAC technician. ▪️She recently received a Jessi Combs Foundation scholarship, which she is applying towards getting her welding certificate and additional diagnostic specificContinue reading “Meet Sana!! (@twisting_force)⬇️⬇️”

Meet Shannon!! (@lady.volts)⬇️⬇️

▪️Shannon Tymosko is a 2nd year Electrical Apprentice with the IBEW Local 105 Hamilton!! ▫️She absolutely loves her job – Being an electrical apprentice keeps her physically and mentally healthy while also keeping her financially secure! ▪️Shannon says “I feel challenged, engaged, and proud of the work I do. There is an amazing sense ofContinue reading “Meet Shannon!! (@lady.volts)⬇️⬇️”


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