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On sprawling 1,500 acre plot outside of Sacramento sits one of the country’s top construction and operator training centers. Tucked in amongst every piece of machinery imaginable—and a whole lot of dirt—is the California Operating Engineers Journeymen and Apprentice Training Center (OE3 JATC).

What makes it special is not only its stellar reputation for putting out some of the best operators around, but rather that fact that it is led, in part, by a group of amazing women. From the program director to instructors and coordinators, you’ll find hardworking women who sharpened their skills in the field, leading in some capacity. That leadership has meant a lot to the success program, most importantly it’s resulted in more women finding a path into a career that was traditionally—and quite inaccurately—labeled a man’s job.

  • When she had enough of sitting in a cubicle all day, Cat found the operator apprentice program. After working in the field for a few years, she’s now a coordinator helping others find the same path. Her favorite part of the job is seeing how this program truly changes lives by giving woman career opportunities they never thought possible.

    CAT LYTLE
  • As a paver crew operator, Gina’s favorite part about her job is building camaraderie with her a crew and knowing that she’s a part of something bigger than herself. Never is that more apparent to her than when she drives past something and can say, "I built that. And it's going to be there for years and years to come.”

    GINA MARTIN
  • Following in her father’s footsteps, Krystal became an operator a few years back. She wakes up every day excited to find out what she gets to make or build for the day. It’s not lost on her that not everyone can see the finished project of what they do and not everyone can say, “I was a part of that. I made that happen. People are safe because I built that.”

    KRYSTAL LOCKETT

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