Local 276 (Victoria, British Columbia) sheet metal worker Kaylyn Snow describes herself as a firecracker, a team player and someone who loves to “get put on the harder tasks … and get it done with pride.” And after six years in the trade, she says there’s still never a dull moment on the job. Learn more in her sister story:
What unique strengths do you bring to your trade?
I am a firecracker. I love to question everything and make sure it’s done right. Patience is important for that, too.
Cleanliness is a big one for me. I keep everyone around me in a positive mood and their workspaces organized.
It’s important to have a team player, and I love having that opportunity. If I can make the day go by easier and smoothly, I know I’ve done my job right. I can come to work and get put on the harder tasks that are draining and get it done with pride.
What do you love to do when you are not at work?
I’m a huge softball player, although I can’t help but play so hard I sometimes get injured. I also don’t mind a good round at Mario Kart. I love the beach in the summertime and being out in the sun. You can also catch me at most music festivals – dancing is key to a happy life.
Goals in the future — any ambitions or changes to your career, growth or education?
I’m hoping one day, I’ll become a welding inspector when the tools get to be too much. I also would love to go back to school to become a high/middle school teacher for shop. I love mentoring people around me, the youth!
What surprised you about your trade?
How diverse it is. There are tons to learn, and never a dull moment. You could be out on the roof doing RTUs, and then into finishing suites connecting range hoods. Sometimes you weld and other times you’re hammering together duct. It’s got something for everyone!
What do you find frustrating about your job/trade?
My job can get frustrating when others don’t clean up after themselves, and I get caught up cleaning up their messes. Or when “man” eyes happen, and others can’t find parts and pieces that are in front of them.
How did you get into SMART?
I have been a union member since my first day on the job. I love the fact that, being a Canadian, we have the big sister of SMART supporting us, and knowing there’s thousands of members that have gone through the same hardships and wins.
Tool you can’t live without?
My hammer, my 45-degree-angle snips and my drill!!
Best advice you got as an apprentice?
I was lucky enough to have Amy Carr as one of my first sheet metal mentors. We got to work together my first couple years on the job site. She taught me how to cry and when to cry; to never let your voice be dampened; to fight for what’s important and to not let these old guys push you around. She taught me that it’s okay to be consistent and use your manners, to keep the hard days as scars in your battle for the future. You wouldn’t be where you are without them.
What do you think about Tradeswomen Build Nations?
It’s one of the most encouraging conferences I’ve ever been too. The fact that there’s diversity, love and acceptance is huge. I think I cried when I went for the first time, in my first year of my apprenticeship. The fact that we aren’t alone on this journey means the world to me. It was an eye opener. It’s such an important asset for those of us who are underrepresented in this trade to know there are pioneers ahead of us, and that one day we will be in those shoes – influencing the generation to come.
Are you active in trade-related activities such as career fairs, volunteer work or SMART Army events?
Unfortunately I haven’t had many in my area to volunteer for, but as soon as I know about them, I’d be interested!