Blue collar women Anonymous 21909
Do any of you work in male dominated fields? A lot of stem stuff would count but I'm also interested in miners who do blue collar work and your experiences.
I am probably going to start trade school soon and am not sure how it will go.
I work as a cnc programmer/operator. The work isn’t particularly physically demanding (only requirements being sliding a 4’ x 8’ sheet of aluminum or plastic material onto routing table). It’s not hard too, “programming” being as easy as using mspaint (but I reckon thats due to me working on a 3 axis table and not hi-IQ 5-axis solid works stuff). Co-workers in the manufacturing side are all male, on the office/graphical side there are much more women.
Nothing spectacular, pay is decent could be better. Only complaint I have are the volatile hours being prone to overtime but since I dont have much hobbies it doesn’t go against me.
I was software developer, but ended up in a political bureau. That was cool.
I'm a mason. I specialize in masonry restoration.
I never went to trade school,
I learned the trade from working for my dad. I started when I was 16 during summers.
I find it tedious but the artistic aspect keeps me interested.
I was a tomboy when I was younger and maintained mostly male friends so working in a male dominated industry feels normal.
When I was 19 I got an opportunity to travel to a small country to work as a fire-proofer. I was used to working small sites because ((restoration)) so it was my first time working a large new-construction site. There were over 500 workers with only 3 female workers. The first month was crazy, people were constantly harassing me and coming up with wild rumours. Accusing me of sleeping with any of the guys I talked to, which was ridiculous cause the site was nearly all guys.
Someone was flirting with me at a work party and that somehow fueled a full-fledged rape rumour that I had to apologize for.
After a while the guys got the message that I was just there to work like the rest of them and they started to leave me alone.
It wasn't all bad, though. When I was there I met my current bf who I'm marrying next month. We're just 2 construction workers in a pod.
Now I live in a tiny country with an awesome dude. All good over here, but I try to avoid large construction sites.
Also the money's good.
>It wasn't all bad, though. When I was there I met my current bf who I'm marrying next month. We're just 2 construction workers in a pod.
damn I wish my dog was in da fuckin UNION