Dawson has worked for Kane Constructions since 2006, where she is now a contracts manager, and has worked on projects costing between $1 million and $75 million, and has been praised for her “reliable and positive attitude”.
“I love my job,” she said.
“The commercial construction industry is dynamic, no day is ever the same, no project is ever the same and you get to work with a full range of people every day.”
Ms Dawson studied construction management at RMIT after realising the course in occupational therapy she was taking wasn’t for her.
She praised her colleagues for their support and guidance, and encouraged any woman considering a career in construction to take the plunge.
“There is a huge range of roles that females can do and are doing just as well as men, if not better,” she said.
“I look forward to many more great challenges and opportunities and am excited to see what the future holds. Bring it on.”
Master Builders chief executive Radley De Silva praised the 29-year-old and said she was a great example of the future of the commercial building industry.
“Kate meets the challenge of working in a male-dominated environment with aplomb and has the right attitude and skills to take her far in this industry,” Mr De Silva said.
“This is a well-deserved win by Kate, who is an asset not only to Kane Constructions, but to the construction industry as a whole.”
Learn more about Master Builders Excellence in Construction Awards at their website.
Originally published as Kate first female to win builder award