Women Superheroes

Our energy sector is experiencing a rapid transformation driven by technological advancements, changes in policy, and societal demands. The growth of job opportunities in clean energy are undeniable and high-paying. Women are seizing the opportunity to lead and contribute to the energy transition.

In this new captivating series, “Women are Energy Superheroes,” we share the career pathways and stories of remarkable women in the energy workforce. These profiles highlight the accomplishments of women who have successfully pursued energy-related careers, including those who have attended community college programs. Each profile provides valuable insights into the excitement and impact of energy careers while offering tips for aspiring professionals.

We are proud to announce that all of the remarkable women featured in this series are also celebrated in the children’s book, “Everyday Superheroes: Women in Energy Careers.” This series is in collaboration with award-winning children’s book author, educator, and STEMinist Erin Twamley.

Together, let us celebrate and join women in the energy workforce as they continue to shape a sustainable and brighter future.

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Energy, Sustainability, and Resiliency Assistant Project Manager – Driven by curiosity, Amanda’s journey into the world of energy started when she stumbled upon a sandwich shop located in a LEED-certified building in 2012. The building was in downtown Chicago, called Hannah’s Bretzel, and the whole space had signage about how the space was sustainable. The mix of environmental responsibility and architectural design piqued her curiosity. Now, Amanda spends her days using her engineering and project management skills to help create buildings and infrastructure that are durable to a changing climate.

Amanda began her career as a science teacher. After her encounter in Chicago, she studied and took an exam to become a LEED Green Associate. She joined her local U.S. Green Building Council to learn about local sustainability projects. Many building professionals seek certifications and programs from organizations like the US Green Building Council, Buildings Performance Association, or Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. She started working on school sustainability projects before launching her second career full-time. 

Today, she uses advanced computer software to analyze building data to reduce its carbon footprint. All of this data is collected through energy audits. These audits help monitor and predict energy usage and potential savings. These audits collect data including electricity consumption for lighting, heating, and cooling, as well as emissions associated with the production, transportation, and installation of building materials for projects. 

Amanda’s involvement goes beyond data analysis as she frequently visits building sites, collaborating with construction workers, architects, and building owners while wearing a hard hat, steel-toed boots, and safety goggles. Her hands-on approach ensures that the construction process aligns with the carefully planned sustainability and resiliency building strategies. 

She believes that by designing and building with sustainability, resiliency and equity in mind, we can create a brighter and greener future for everyone. She still supports efforts to diversify green building professionals by advocating for and mentoring students in K-12. Beyond her professional pursuits, Amanda finds solace in practicing the piano, traveling and maintaining an active lifestyle. Connect and learn more about her work on LinkedIn.

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Across the United States and Canada, a vast network of high-voltage power lines intricately zigzags or weaves underground, spanning over 700,000 miles. These power lines deliver electricity to our cities, colleges, businesses, and homes. Who helps install, inspect, test and maintain these lines to keep our lights on and favorite devices charged? These individuals are powerline technicians. Powerline technicians are skilled professionals who help build and maintain the overhead and underground electrical infrastructures. They also have a thorough understanding of electrical theory and use of job specific tools in the field. They often prioritize safety whether at great heights, working with live wires or operating heavy equipment. Meet an apprentice powerline technician Jaimey Fulford, a Canadian tradeswoman. Fulford is currently in a four year, 8000 hour, apprenticeship program to obtain her Journeyman ticket. Jaimey currently works for Ottawa River Power Corporation at their Almonte location. Fulford's affinity for the trades stems from a familial influence. Fulford’s mother is a cabinet maker who helped instill a love for woodworking and working with her hands from an early age. However, it was the spark of electricity that captivated Fulford and led her to pursue a career as a powerline technician. In her role as an apprentice she spends her days with a blend of classroom learning and on-the-job training. Fulford uses her problem-solving skills and communication skills daily to keep safe. Her commitment to her craft extends to obtaining certifications such as First Aid, Working at Heights, Chainsaw Safety Handling, and a Commercial Driver's License. Upon successfully completing an apprenticeship program, individuals like Fulford, attain the status of Journeyman or even Red Sealed Journeyman if she continues her education in the trade. Beyond her daily responsibilities, Fulford actively participates in outreach efforts to promote trade careers, particularly among women. She recognizes the untapped potential of more women ready to don boots, hard hats, and engage in the dynamic world of power line technology. Today, Fulford not only contributes to keeping the lights on but also strives to illuminate the path for others interested in pursuing rewarding careers in the trades.
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Meet solar installer and construction manager Marie Kills Warrior. Marie spends her day installing panels in Northern Minnesota. Installing rooftop solar panels connects Marie to her Native American heritage. Marie is a proud Oglala Lakota woman in Renewable Energy dedicated to protecting the Earth and using natural resources wisely. She is proud to be a leader in the solar industry installing solar in the Midwest. Marie has always liked working with her hands and fixing things. She first learned how to fix cars and even went to get a degree in automotive technology. She studied at Oglala Lakota College and earned her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Automotive Technology in 2014. Her interest in solar energy was sparked at an Earth Day event in 2016. There, she learned from a company called Thunder Valley, how solar installation can protect the environment and create new jobs. She went on to train in the NABCEP Associate Program focused on Photovoltaics (PV). In this program, Marie earned her credential by completing a training course and through full-time on the job experience. Today at Renewable Energy Partners Inc., Marie spends her time helping communities and buildings install solar panels. When not capturing the sunlight, you will find Marie fishing with her furbaby, a dog, named Titan. Marie is proud to be “Two-Spirit,” which means she has both a masculine and a feminine spirit.
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Technicians play a crucial role as problem-solvers across diverse industries including in energy! For Maria Moreno, the journey into the career as a technician and now woman-owned electrical business owner was motivated by a quest for financial stability and job security. Having experimented with waitressing to support her family, Maria drew inspiration from her familial ties to the trades, with four brothers deeply entrenched in the electrical industry. Embracing the notion that “everyone needs an electrician,” Maria decided to chart her own path as an electrical and instrumentation technician. Her education journey began at Great Basin Community College in Nevada, where she dedicated herself to acquiring certificates and associate degrees in electrical and instrumentation disciplines. Maria’s professional experience began with small-scale electrical projects, gradually expanding to waste management and commercial power generation. Recognizing the dynamic nature of her field, Maria continues to obtain new skills and certifications to stay current with the evolving tools and safety measures on projects. For example, she completed the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Outreach Training Program. She also achieved the designation of a Certified Instrumentation and Control Technician (CICT). These certificates help her continue to provide a diverse ray of technical services for any employer. In 2023, she decided that her technical skills and her commitment to growth could culminate in Maria establishing her own woman-owned electrical business, Redline Technical Services. As an entrepreneur, she not only demonstrates her technical know-how but also exemplifies the spirit of female empowerment in traditionally male-dominated industries. Beyond her professional endeavors, Maria finds joy in outdoor activities, sharing her passion for dirt biking and snowboarding with her children. Maria not only is a skilled technician but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring individuals seeking success in non-traditional career paths.