Since I’ve worked for TxMQ, I’ve received a ton of diversity-initiative letters from our clients in the manufacturing sector who want to do more to bring women into the fold.
Our industry-staffing division at TxMQ – headed up by a woman and ran by women – loves to hear that our clients are making a conscious effort to bring women into a male-dominated career path, but it leaves me wondering why (quite literally) 1 in 50 résumés submitted to our division is from a woman. And typically, when a woman does submit a résumé, it’s for an office-manager or HR-generalist role.
Ladies: There is a lot of money to be made by women in manufacturing and our clients want you. I’ve said this before, and I will again: If I had it to do over, I’d move into quality engineering or management, or supply-chain management. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll make the leap. But I suppose the next best thing for me right now is to recruit for these kinds of people. It makes me feel like I’m part of the manufacturing world even though I guess I’m still a bit of an outsider. Shucks.
A few years ago I bookmarked a story on CNN money. I thought about it today, revisited the story and you know what, it still rings true: CNNMoney – Manufacturing: Not just a man’s job.
The article hones in on some very real truths regarding how manufacturing has changed to become a truly viable option for women. In the past, the implication was that a job in manufacturing meant you had to be able to lift 70 pounds, which, because of genetic makeup, most women were not able to do.
Now, “manufacturing is being rapidly transformed from a labor-intensive field to a high-tech one. Women are very detail-oriented. You need that approach in manufacturing today because the work is so much more precise.”
In my own experience, I’ve had companies such as circuitboard manufacturers who noticed that women were an awesome fit to handle their delicate, miniature assemblies. It reiterates a woman’s inclination to detail and gentle handling.
If you click on the link, you’ll see that CNNMoney’s article featured a female force to be reckoned with – April Senase – a CNC programming specialist and instructor who’s making bank working in traditional manufacturing roles.
April’s got a tough hide and a real sense of humor when being confronted by her male counterparts who aren’t yet on board with women in their world.
“Some guys have a hard time being instructed by a woman,” she said. “They’d say to me, ‘Why do you want to do this? You’re going to get dirty.’”
Her response: “Yes, but at least I can afford to buy good soap.”
LOVE THAT! Thanks April!! You’re still an inspiration.
Are you involved in manufacturing? Please leave a comment in the space below and let’s really get this conversation started.
(Photo courtesy of Laura D’Alessandro.)