When one thinks of the construction field, a young woman with a blonde ponytail might not immediately come to mind. But Minnesota native Samantha Randby is actually the face of a changing industry. Randby is an apprentice in the Missouri Valley Line Constructors Apprenticeship and Training Program. She is one of the 8.9 percent of women who are currently employed within the construction workforce.
Randby followed in the footsteps of her father and grandfather in a career in the electrical industry, and it was an encouraging message from her father that cemented her choice to become a lineman. “One night, when I was away at line school and doing homework, I got a text from my dad. ‘I’m proud of you’ was all it said, but those four words meant the world to me.” Randby is on the final leg of her program and well on her way to becoming a journeyman lineman. She has been earning on-the-job training hours with INTREN, working with the company’s crews all over the Midwest.
Being one of the few women in the field has not been without its challenges for Randby, however. “You have to be able to take a joke and learn from your mistakes. I’m very stubborn and try to push my strength when I should ask for help or use mechanical means to accomplish a task. The guys give me a hard time, but I know they’re just trying to make me a better apprentice and, ultimately, a better lineman.”