When Brittney graduated from college, she wanted a career, but continuing working at the call center where she worked during college didn’t seem to be the right fit. Brittney’s mother had changed careers later in life to become an Operating Engineer with Local 49 for better pay, better benefits and job security. When she spoke with her mom about careers, her mom told her about the Local 49 Apprenticeship Program. Although not being the pathway she thought she’d take, Brittney applied to be an apprentice and is now in her 7th year as an Operating Engineer.
Her favorite project? Working on U.S. Bank Stadium. “I’m a Vikings fan. The stadium was a huge project, and I had exposure to many different trades. I grew in my trade and saw a different side of construction,” Brittney said.
Brittney shared that she can understand that women may find being an Operating Engineer intimidating, but “people are always willing to help if you are willing to ask questions.” The key, she says, is to be a hard worker and be willing to learn to be a success.