Interview by Maria Silva, NHEO Institute Community Development.
Please tell us your name, role, and your background:
Melissa Rohrer, Safety Director, D&L Electric Co., Ltd, Houston, Texas
How did you get involved in construction?
I became involved with construction at a very young age. I was a single mother with two small children to care for and needed a job that would allow me to earn a living and be at home with my children on the weekends.
My first construction job was an instrumentation technician helper working at a chemical plant in Pasadena, Texas, after a year of working there I then moved to another general contractor working at another chemical plant in Pasadena after three years of working there and attending computer classes, I decided to move in another direction and went to work for a Commercial Electrical Contractor as an administrative assistant to the owner. This gentleman poured knowledge into me and pushed me to always take on projects that were outside my comfort zone in which I learned the many duties of various roles in the company.