March 5 – 11 is National Women in Construction Week. According to the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) website, “The focus of WIC Week is to highlight women as a visible component of the construction industry. It is also a time for local chapters to give back to their communities. WIC Week provides an occasion for NAWIC’s thousands of members across the country to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women in the construction industry and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.”
In celebration of WIC, TFMoran is highlighting our own Women In Construction, one TFMoran woman engineer or surveyor each day this week. TFMoran is proud to have these women in construction, along with other women professionals on our team.
Jessica Winston – TFMoran, Inc. Civil Project Engineer
Jessica Winston, CESSWI is a Civil Project Engineer working in TFMoran’s Portsmouth division office. She joined the team in 2014 as part of the MSC Engineers & Surveyors staff, when the company merged with TFMoran, becoming a division. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering from the University of New Hampshire. She is a Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI) which addresses all aspects of providing complete inspections for erosion and sediment control and stormwater compliance. Jessica demonstrates she has the knowledge and understanding of documentation, communication, safety, the rules and methods of erosion and sediment control and stormwater control and management. She really enjoys her job and diversity of the daily tasks it contains.
Why did you go into engineering?
“Construction was in the family since I was little, as my dad owned his own earth moving business and survey company. I enjoyed math and science, getting my hands dirty, and seeing how things worked.”
What are the challenges of your job?
“Perception of women in the field. I do see the construction field coming around to accepting more women, but it continues to be a struggle. Most construction crews are accepting but there are still many that need improvement.”