Men aren’t the only ones who can roll up their sleeves.
Linde Construction is a Pittston Township-based company that has been in operation for the past 40 years. Since the mid 2000’s, Linde has been heavily involved with the Marcellus Shale drilling in Northeastern Pennsylvania – laying dozens of miles of gathering lines, building the well pads used for drilling, and installing compressor stations to move the gas.
Becky Snyder, a Linde construction foreman, operates the largest machines in the company – running bulldozers, loaders, and excavators. Snyder stands at 4-foot-11 with manicured nails and assists as the company lays miles of pipeline in the Marcellus Shale drilling areas.
Being that the construction industry is playing such a huge role in the Marcellus Shale region, many women are stepping up and getting involved in jobs that were previously “just for the guys.” According to the state Department of Labor and Industry, the percentage of women in the Wilkes-Barre area working in the construction industry has increased by 1% in the past 5 years.
Snyder has spent the last 21 years working for Linde and loves that she is a woman working in a non-traditional career. “You have to prove yourself every day. You have to become tough and you have to become one of them,” she said.
With the unemployment rate at 8.9 percent and a lack of available jobs, Snyder is very pleased with her job choice. “It’s a challenge out here every day and you learn stuff every day. If you’re willing to learn, it’s a good place to be. It’s a good opportunity for women to be in the construction world and to learn the same as a man could.”