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Our focus it to highlight Women In Construction, Power Up's monthly feature recognizes the success and diversity of the female workforce within the construction industry. Learn how these women, along with young students, continue to improve the diversity and status in the construction industry.


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Holley Thomas

Holley became interested in welding in 2007 while earning a degree in robotics from Central Alabama Community College. She discovered that not only did she have a great talent for welding, she fell in love with the craft. A native of Alex City, Alabama, she was recruited by KBR, a global engineering and construction firm, as part of their outreach and engagement with the college’s technical programs. Over the next 11 years, Holley devoted the time to take advantage of KBR’s training offerings, and grow as an experienced craftswoman.  She started as a welder, worked her way into supervision, and in the last three years, has been working in a Quality Inspector role.  She has worked in a variety of plant environments in several states, including power, pulp and paper, fertilizer plants, and petrochemical.  As she grew in her own career, she paid her wisdom forward to others, by serving as a welding instructor and mentor on multiple job sites.  In her current role as Quality Inspector, she is responsible for seeing that the craft work is performed according to project protocol and requirements.  .

She is the first woman welder to have taken top honors (gold) in welding at Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Craft Championship in the 2010 competition.  In 2015 Holley was awarded the National Craft Professional of the year by ABC.  She continues to volunteer at the national event as a judge for the Welding competition, as well as regional and local construction events to attract more talented young women into the industry.