Oregon Tradeswomen offers a programs to prepare women to succeed in nontraditional careers in the skilled trades, while ensuring access, opportunity, and equity in the construction industry.

Women remain under-represented in high-skilled trades’ careers, with only 3% working as electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, laborers, equipment operators, carpenters, ironworkers, masons, and other crafts nationwide. In Oregon, women comprise 8% of the skilled trades workforce.

Why does this matter?

These interesting and dynamic careers pay well and offer benefits, allowing for financial stability.

Oregon Tradeswomen hosts an annual Career Fair in partnership with industry to provide critical career education to women and girls. This event is a great way to start your pathway to a career in the skilled trades. Join us to learn more about the different trades, talk with tradeswomen, and try out your skills at hands-on workshops.

Learn more

This 3-week program provides an overview of skilled trades’ career pathways that are “green”. Learn more about careers in environmental remediation, solar installation, waste management, recycling, and more! Due to the fast-paced nature of this program, we suggest that persons with significant barriers to employment enroll in our TACC program, as the 3-week program does not provide case management or supportive services.

Learn More

Oregon Tradeswomen’s Pathways to Success program offers the Trades and Apprenticeship Career Class (TACC); a free, apprenticeship-readiness training program that helps women prepare for a high-skill, high-wage careers in the skilled construction trades.

Learn more

Join our monthly social hours to meet learn, network, and connect. 

Learn more

Oregon Tradeswomen’s Trades Leadership Institute (TLI) facilitates leadership development, advocacy skills, and unity among tradeswomen in providing a forum for sharing resources, information, and skills for personal and professional leadership growth!

Learn more

Learn More About Trades Careers!

Tradeswomen Careers: Electricians. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Electricians (3:40)

Tradeswomen Careers: Ironworkers. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Ironworkers (4:12)

Tradeswomen Careers: The Lineworker video thumbnail. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)Lineworkers (3:46)

Tradeswomen Careers: Plumbers. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Plumbers (3:46)

Tradeswomen Careers: Sprinkler Fitters. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Sprinklerfitters (3:37)

Tradeswomen Careers: Green Building. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)
Women Want Green Jobs (4:21)

Tradeswomen Careers: Women in the Military in Green Jobs. Click image to start YouTube video (includes audio)

Women Veterans in the Trades (4:06)