The aluminium industry might seem like a man’s world, and for a long time, it was. But at Constellium, our teams work with smart, talented, resourceful women every day and we thought that International Women’s Daywas the perfect opportunity to highlight them. Below are the stories of just a few of our amazing women around the globe.
I work at our Automotive Structures plant as a process engineer, where I focus on improving the profitability of our body structure and Crash Management System production lines through process optimization. At Constellium, I appreciate the opportunity to learn and grow in a large company that still feels familiar and small. The Global Engineering Development Program has made me a more dynamic and confident professional and I feel encouraged to explore areas that are interesting to me, such as welding, materials science, and aerospace.
When I heard that Constellium was looking for women to work at the foundry, I immediately applied. A year later, my boss asked if I wanted to operate the bridge crane. At first, the guys on the floor didn’t make it easy; they thought the bridge crane was no place for a woman. With time they got to know me, and now it’s great. I find Constellium to be a very human company, and the only factory I’ve worked at where women can advance. Now my daughter works as a trainee here, too!
It is rare to be a woman in this industry, but not as rare as when I first started—now there are a lot more on the floor and in management. I work in cold rolling, which is my favorite department, because it is something new every day. I love the process of producing aluminium, it is different from normal manufacturing. It acts different, it works different, it is just a different little niche in the manufacturing world.
Paola Avalos, HR Generalist, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
I think the opportunities to grow are the best of my job because they allow me to continue challenging myself as a professional. Also, as a woman, I feel inspired to help other team members achieve their own goals. Constellium is the first company I’ve been with where 50% of the employees at my plant are women. The EHS team is traditionally comprised of men due to the challenges of the job, so I’m proud to be actively participating in these tasks and showing others that women have an important role to play in all areas of manufacturing.