Jordan Palumbo loves what she does for a living.
A member of IBEW Local 64 in Youngstown, Palumbo enjoys every aspect of being a union electrician.
“I love the people I work with. I’ve made some good friends,” she said. “I love working with my hands, to learn new things.”
Meeting new customers, and their pets, is a bright spot for Palumbo, as well as being able to help out friends and family with their electrical questions.
Having a career she enjoys is the biggest achievement awarded to Palumbo through the trade, she said.
Another positive aspect is the connection she has with young girls, by talking with them about doing “a man’s job.”
“It’s pretty empowering,” she said.
That sentiment carries when Palumbo goes to a customer’s house and she is greeted at the door. Sometimes there is surprise from the customer who is expecting “a 6-foot man and I’m a tiny” woman, she said.
It was several years ago when Palumbo was attending college for a radiology program that her father suggested she join an apprenticeship.
She applied, interviewed with Local 64 and the rest is history.
On the job at CR Electric
“I love the people I work with,” she said. “They’re all awesome.”
Having the foundation of a residential journeyman’s card, Palumbo has the opportunity to continue her career path and eventually pursue commercial/industrial certification. For now, she enjoys the work-life balance her position allows.
Her predictable, steady work schedule has granted Palumbo the time to be a hands-on mom to son Bodhi, 4, and daughter Ella, who is almost 2.
“We’ll go for a walk, pick flowers, set up the bounce castle at home,” she said. “I live for my kids.”
Fiancé John is also a tradesman, working in construction.
“Our kids will learn to go into the trades,” Palumbo said, laughing. “It’s not as expensive” as college, which can leave someone thousands of dollars in debt.
Students or individuals looking for a career change should consider the building trades, Palumbo said.
“If anybody is thinking it, I’d say go check out your local union,” Palumbo said.
It’s fast to apply online, and the process to interview is “super easy.”