Women Shaping the Corrosion Control Industry




Wendy Rice

The corrosion control industry, along with most other specialized trades, has historically been male dominated. Increasingly, however, the workforce is becoming more diverse, and there are more female professionals than ever before. This focus on diversity helps to elevate the voices of women in the field and provide a more well-rounded approach to solving corrosion challenges.

Faran Myers, as a corrosion technician, spends her days working on pipeline right-of-ways, where few of her teammates are female. She explains: "The thing about this job is that you don’t just get to step in and be good at it. To be good at it means you have to work really hard… As a woman, you try to work harder than the average person because you want them to see that you’re just as capable and just as smart."

In an industry where technical proficiency and problem solving are paramount, women bring a unique perspective and skill set.

Tana Gomez is a technician assistant with experience in both construction and technical operations. She challenges stereotypes and champions the fulfillment found in field work: "Blue-collar work is some of the most fulfilling work you can ever do. Don't let non-traditional workspaces intimidate you from pursuing your passion."

Rachel Harrold

Wendy Rice, a project manager in our technical services team, emphasizes the importance of visibility and representation: "In a male-dominated industry, it is important for women to achieve success and recognition. I hope that young women will take my lead and discover that being female is a superpower."

Rachel Harrold, a technician assistant, has worked in both field and manufacturing environments. She obtained a degree in Pipeline Integrity from OSU-IT before joining the industry, and she embodies the spirit of empowerment: "I love being a young woman in this industry. The challenges I face make me a stronger, better employee and person. Women are an asset to the Oil and Gas industry and deserve all the equal opportunities. And for the future women: be confident in your abilities, work hard, overcome obstacles, find solutions to any problems, learn and be willing to speak out. Just know that women like me will help make a path for you and are here to support you."

We know we aren’t the only company committed to supporting women in the industry, and we’d like to highlight several of our partners who are doing the same!

Dairyland's Kailey Dharam with her industry hero, Dr. Kimberly Joy Harris

Kailey Dharam, Executive Vice President of Culture and Formation at Dairyland Electrical Industries, is the third generation member in the family business. Kailey told us about the importance of placing boundaries around her time: "I work to accept the reality that free time for self-care will not just come... I instead try to live from a cup that is full, which honors myself and my own limits, as well as the people and efforts I am investing in."

Additionally, she shared about the significance of combating imposter syndrome and fostering a supportive environment: "Your presence, contributions, and perspective are important... Continue to find people whose voice you trust... Make it easier for them to bring their full selves and contributions." In her work as a culture ambassador, Kailey encourages resilience, self-awareness, and building business as a force for good in the world.

Bethany Seeboth, Director of Strategic Operations at American Carbon Company, recently founded a nonprofit (Powering Up) aimed at empowering individuals entering the energy trades. Through this initiative, she is driving transformative change in our industry by supporting programs that foster skill development and access to opportunities for all.

By providing guidance, encouragement, and opportunities for development, industry veterans can nurture the next generation of female leaders, ensuring continued progress in the industry. Women in corrosion control are not just shaping the industry now, they are forging a path towards a more equitable and inclusive future.

For ONEMESA's part, we aim to support training and education efforts within corrosion with our new MESAU Field Training program. As such, we are always on the lookout for women to build up in the industry. If you want to join us on this journey or are interested in attending an all women’s training cohort at MESAU Field Training, contact us here.