Women in Construction Week: Marisa Fanguy
Project Engineer Marisa Fanguy always had an independent spirit, something that has served her well in construction
“What drew me to construction—besides seeing the end product—is that you aren’t chained to a desk,” Marisa Fanguy said. One of our newest hires, Marisa is a Project Engineer at Pence. “You get a chance to learn things that aren’t taught in school and see new places all the time.”
Marisa works on the Goodwill project being built in Salinas, California. Construction work does tend to offer a change of scenery to those who work on the jobsite and project management team. “Every job offers a new view and a new challenge. It’s hard to get bored.”
Much like yesterday’s featured employee, Emily Schneider, Marisa had an early interest in building and independence. “I did a lot of Lego sets growing up,” Marisa said. “My dad taught me to always pursue what I wanted to do. Not to rely on someone else for my future or my success.”
“Listen to the people in the field and your boss, and just take all of that in. The textbook answer isn’t always the best way. If you enjoy problem-solving and you’re able to approach problems from different sides, you can be successful. It all starts with an open mind.”
Construction projects require this level of independence and self-awareness from everyone on the job. Without confidence and competency, our work becomes slow and unreliable. Women who know they are capable of the same work and the same outcome have unlimited possibilities here.
“I think there’s something in it for everyone,” Marisa said. “There are all kinds of different women in construction and there is always room to grow.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that while women make up less than 10% of the construction industry, they are paid more equally for their work. Women should take note. Roles exist in construction for bright, independent women.
Marisa has advice for any woman or girl considering being part of building and construction. “If you are thinking about it, just take the leap and do it,” Marisa said. “Listen to the people in the field and your boss, and just take all of that in. The textbook answer isn’t always the best way. If you enjoy problem-solving and you’re able to approach problems from different sides, you can be successful. It all starts with an open mind.”