AISC Celebrates Women in Construction Week: Monday Edition

Nyckey Heath, PE, Project Manager, Bosworth Steel Erectors, Inc. (AISC Member Erector)

It's Women in Construction Week, and we're celebrating by highlighting an array of women in the steel industry every day this week. Today, we're featuring Nyckey Heath, PE, a project manager with AISC member erector Bosworth Steel Erectors, Inc. Find out how she got her start in the industry, what challenges she's had to overcome, and what changes she'd like to see for the industry moving forward.

How did you get your start in the industry? 
Heath: Directly after high school, I served as an MRI/CT Tech in the ARMY. I planned to utilize the GI Bill to become a radiologist, and began taking pre-med classes while active duty. After exiting the military I decided to take another path, but was unsure exactly what that path would be. I began working as a secretary for a mechanical and electrical contractor. I quickly moved into estimating and realized that construction was my passion. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering Technology while working part time as a detailer in the steel industry. I then obtained my Master of Civil Engineering – Structural Path while transitioning to construction engineering. The more time I spent in the field, the more I loved Structural Steel Erection.  I became the Chief Engineer for a large steel erection company out of Oklahoma, while managing several projects simultaneously. I then found a greater passion for project management, as well as the value of having the structural background with the PM role. I am now a full time PM for Bosworth Steel Erectors in Dallas, Texas. My engineering degree gives me a huge advantage as a Steel Erection Project Manager.

What barriers or challenges have you had to overcome as a female in the industry?
Heath: Salary, being treated fairly, and respect are some of the biggest barriers I have faced. I have also found myself working twice as hard as my male counterparts to prove myself competent. I have been overlooked many times for raises, invitations to events, luncheons, etc.

What piece of advice would you give to your 10-year-old self? 
Heath: If other people can do it, so can you.

What changes would you like to see for the future of the industry? 
Heath: I would like to see more women in skilled trades. Specifically, more women ironworkers, engineers, architects, and project managers.

Heath will speak at several sessions during this year's NASCC: The Steel Conference, April 22-24, in Atlanta. She will also participate as a panelist in a session titled "A Job Site Built for Tomorrow," which focuses on jobsites changing to bring in more diverse talent to support the increasing need for safety and equity. 

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