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Today, we honor and celebrate Michelle McAlvain, Cost Controller!

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How long have you been working in the construction industry?

I’ve been working in construction for 12 years.

What made you interested in joining this industry?

My husband has been working in construction since he was 18 years old. After we married, I accompanied him to Florida and ended up securing my first construction job specializing in weld mapping for the Quality Control (QC) Department. I developed a passion for the work, thoroughly enjoying my time in the field, and I haven’t looked back since.

What’s your “why” – why do you love working in the construction industry?

I cherish the freedom that comes with working in construction. The ability to engage in a job for a few weeks and then enjoy a few weeks off provides incredible flexibility. Through careful planning, I can even take entire summers and winters off, allowing me to travel and enjoy life. Initially, our entire family used to embark on these work-related journeys together. I’ve had the privilege of working in various locations such as New York, Florida, Nevada, Wyoming – all across the country. Sharing these experiences with loved ones was a fantastic opportunity, and I continue to value the freedom to shape my schedule and life according to my needs and preferences.

Lastly, this year’s theme is Keys to the Future, which celebrates the strength and knowledge of women and the vital role they play in shaping the future of the construction industry. How does this theme resonate with you?

Women often bring a unique perspective to tasks and organizational matters in comparison to men. Our approach is characterized by a more detailed and nuanced view, which can prove highly beneficial. Essentially, our distinct way of perceiving things contributes to an advantageous influence on the industry, and I firmly believe that women play a vital role in shaping it for the better.