MAGIC Camp is a week-long, non-profit, summer day camp for high school girls designed to offer participants a career path that could lead them to any construction-related major. The mission of this program is to encourage campers to enter the “non-traditional” career path and to address the shortages of female skilled workers prevalent in the construction industry.
PAT USA of Rochester Hills helped sponsor tool kits, lunches and major expenses for Mentor a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Camp last July at the Highland Lakes Campus in Waterford.
In support of Oakland Community College’s fifth year of holding this extraordinary program, PAT recently donated $1,000 to enable two high school students the opportunity to participate in the camp free of charge.
On the whole, women are beginning to make themselves known in formerly male-dominated fields. The proportion of women physicians and surgeons in the United States grew from 7.6 percent in 1970 to 29.4 percent in 2004. In addition, 30.4 percent of workers in production occupations, 1.8 percent of carpenters, 3.2 percent of construction laborers, and 12.4 percent of construction and building inspectors are women (State University).
Related industries also showed similar trends where women architects (24.8%), engineering technicians (18.5%), industrial engineering (14.9%), other engineers (11.5%), and civil engineers (10.4%) are also classified as “non-traditional” [DOL, 2009].
“PAT is extremely excited to sponsor MAGIC Camp and educate these young ladies in the necessity of learning various skills in various trades in the world of construction; especially since the construction field is continuously evolving” said Vice President, Rick Weaver.
PAT Engineering USA is one of several companies that form the International PAT Group of EPIC (Engineer, Procure, Integrate/install, and Commission) construction companies. The companies specialize in construction, engineering, high-end security systems, green energy, procurement and IT. Today, there are PAT offices on three Continents and are continuously expanding.