By Caterpillar | Posted: September 1, 2019 | Revised: March 28, 2022
Despite the challenges women in construction can face, Harbin believes it’s worth it. “The success you feel when you accomplish a task you may not have thought you could, the pride you feel when you help build something — those are incredibly rewarding feelings that many people outside our industry never experience.”
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Mary Katherine Harbin helped establish what’s likely the nation’s first all-female paving crew. Now she’s sharing tips for women looking to succeed in a male-dominated industry
Taking initiative is the first step. “Go to a local construction company, bring your resume, fill out an application, introduce yourself and ask questions,” says Harbin.
Advances in machine technology take away some of the physical demands of operating equipment, according to Harbin. “Today, you can push a button and very easily control the equipment with the technology that’s built into it.”
One of Harbin’s tips is being a sponge. Crew member Karsyn Looper did just that – she trained under her dad Tim.
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