embracing the trades, pursuing a passion for building and establishing
themselves in a traditionally male-dominated field. Some achieve this through
careful planning, others through serendipitous interactions with people who
have helped them realize their potential to succeed.
The theme of
this year’s Women in Construction Week is “Paving New Roads to Construction.” During
this week and every week, we are proud of the PCL women who are paving the road
to construction for the next generation of female leaders. We caught up with Carly
Watson, project manager, Buildings, and asked her how she got her start in
construction, why she chose the careers she did, and what brings her the
greatest satisfaction on the job. Read her story:
did you start your construction career?
construction career started with two summer jobs while I was enrolled at the
British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). I spent the first summer with
Flynn Canada and the second at PCL.
did you choose construction?
went to school to become an architect. I started my studies at BCIT in the architectural
building engineering technology program. During my time in the program we
toured a few different construction sites. From these tours and two summers working
for construction companies I figured out that I love being a part of the build
and seeing everything come together more than I do being involved in the
did you land at PCL?
after graduating and before completing my three-month summer work term with
PCL’s Special Projects Division, I knew this was the place I wanted to be.
Everyone has a drive to get the project completed successfully, and the project
teams work so well together. A field engineer position became available on a building
renovation project at the Vancouver International Airport. I immediately approached
my managers to see if I could fill the position. They offered me the job and I
started in my new role. Since then I’ve worked on many projects, including other
airport work, a prison, a grain terminal and most recently the Abbotsford Law
keeps you interested in construction?
come to work every day knowing there will always be something new to learn. PCL
is great for allowing me to expand my career by working on a variety of
your dream project?
wouldn’t say that I have one. I’ve worked on a lot of unique projects over the
years and loved aspects of each one. I haven’t worked on a hospital project
yet, and that’s something I look forward to.
your favorite project celebration?
always loved the milestone celebrations that we have on-site. It’s a great
opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of our own team and our trade
you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be?
be afraid to make mistakes. Learn from those mistakes and they’ll prevent you
from making the same one twice.
a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?