Women In Construction

WIC Profile: Sharon Bonneau

Sharon Bonneau, Electrician, Interstate Electrical Services

Sharon Bonneau

“I love being an electrician,” says Sharon Bonneau, Interstate Electrical Services electrician. “It is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. Every day I get to do something that makes me proud.”

Sharon began her career with Interstate as an apprentice in 2016 and continued on to earn her journeyman license in 2021. “Being part of the Interstate team is fantastic,” she says. “I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

When Sharon started working in the field, she faced challenges as a woman in the trade. One of her biggest fears was not being able to bend conduit. As she progressed through her apprenticeship, Sharon’s confidence continued to grow. Today, she can bend a ten-foot piece of conduit in four different directions. “My job is so rewarding,” she says. “I can walk into a finished room after the power’s been turned on and see the lights on and things plugged into the walls, and know that I did each individual thing in that room. It’s one of the best feelings!”

“As for being a woman in the trade, I think I’ve been very lucky,” she continues. “I’m treated with respect.” When Sharon first started at Interstate, she admits it was hard to ask for help. “I was raised to be strong and independent, and the word ‘help’ never came out of my mouth. Now, if I need help, I’ll ask for it knowing my team is there and has my back.”