Discover the Power
“Being able to move past the fear was a slow process. I had to have people believe in me before I could believe in myself.”
– Megan Malloy (Crane & Hoisting Equipment Operator – Mobile Crane '16)
Even though Megan Malloy’s family has a history in the trades, she hadn’t imagined following the same path.
Growing up in Hinton, an Alberta community at the edge of Jasper National Park known for coal mining, pulp mills and mountain resorts, Megan learned the value of hard work and determination at a young age. Her dad, a heavy equipment operator, used to take her to his jobsite, where she’d climb up on the equipment and go for rides on the big coal trucks. “My dad raised me to be tough. He showed me how to change oil and change tires. He was my hero.”
But it was anything but a straight line from those childhood memories to her current career. Now a mother of two, Megan started out in construction and scaffolding, finding kinship among her co-workers. Her brother is a crane operator and encouraged Megan to take up the profession, and at first she wrestled with self-doubt and negative stereotypes. “There were a few people who told me that I couldn’t do it simply because I was a woman, and I believed them.”
However, Megan’s co-workers insisted that she was perfectly suited for this career. After enrolling at NAIT, Megan was pleased to find similar support from her instructors and classmates. Mikita Kalita, Chair of Crane and Hoisting, saw Megan’s potential from the beginning. “What a star student… we asked her to come here, open up for four weeks and let us teach her, and she absolutely did that. With her passion and the instructor’s passion, it was a match made in heaven.” So much so that Megan was asked to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for NAIT’s new Spruce Grove Campus for Crane and Hoisting in November 2015.
Now nearing the end of her apprenticeship program at NAIT, Megan remembers her experiences fondly. “My experience with the apprenticeship at NAIT has been excellent. I made some great friends in my first semester class, and the instructors were wonderful and very supportive.”
Through NAIT, Megan received the hands-on training that she needed to advance her career and uncover her passion in the workforce. She now has the power to tackle new career challenges and the confidence to diversify her skills. “I’d also like to become an instructor one day,” Megan says. “This is my passion, and it will shine through in my teaching.”