Eliza Fawcett, quality coordinator with the PCL Industrial Module Facility, never thought she would be working for a construction company. In fact, it wasn’t until she took a casual summer job with PCL more than 15 years ago that she began to see the wide variety of potential careers for women in the construction industry.
Eliza Fawcett at work at one of PCL’s modular
Eliza Fawcett participating at a local International
Women’s Day event.
“I had plans to be a microbiologist,” said Fawcett, “but there were such exciting opportunities for me in this field that I just gravitated towards construction and have never looked back.”
In her role as a quality coordinator, Fawcett coordinates the functions of all the subcontractors onsite, to make certain that each product leaving the facility meets the highest quality standards. Her work ensures each day offers new and exciting challenges.
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION
A more than century-long tradition, International Women’s Day—a celebration of respect and appreciation for women, and of women’s economic, political, and social achievements—is observed annually on March 8. To mark the event, Fawcett was invited to share her story with a classroom of girls at a local junior high school.
“I’m really honored to have been invited to speak at their session,” said Fawcett. “It’s humbling to be able to represent women in this industry. I have seen such growth and can’t wait to share my enthusiasm with these young women and talk to them about the unique skills that women bring to this profession.”
OPPORTUNITIES FOR WOMEN
When Fawcett started in her career, the gender landscape looked much different than it does today.
“I’ve always felt an equal partner at PCL,” said Fawcett, “but there is certainly a greater number of female faces than when I began 15 years ago.”
And PCL is committed to seeing that the shift continues. Currently, one in four individuals employed by the PCL family of companies is female. The number of women graduating from post-secondary education in the construction field continues to grow, and more women are choosing careers in the skilled trades than ever before.
By supporting PCL’s female employees, and encouraging them to share their experiences at local events like this, and larger events like the recent ENR Groundbreaking Women in Construction conference in New York (where Gayle Grady, PCL’s district manager in Tampa, was a presenter), at least at PCL, the change will be sure to continue.