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Steamfitter Dianna Nunez, 27, of Westbury, carries pipe

Steamfitter Dianna Nunez, 27, of Westbury, carries pipe at the National Grid building in Hicksville. (Sept. 2012) Photo Credit: Handout

More female steamfitters are finding jobs in the industry.

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, outside
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, outside the work site at Kennedy Airport where she is working on the Delta Terminal expansion. King, 46, of Mastic Beach, graduated from the apprenticeship program in July, joining an industry that has included her father, grandfather, uncles and two older brothers. (Oct. 5, 2012)

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, hangs
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, hangs out with the other members of her crew as they work on concourse B putting in the sprinkler system at the Delta Terminal 4 expansion at Kennedy Airport. King and a fellow “female fitter,” as they call themselves, faced initial resistance from their families, who worried about their well-being. (Oct. 5, 2012)

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, cuts
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, cuts and threads pipe as she works on the sprinkler system at concourse B of the Delta Terminal 4 expansion at Kennedy Airport. (Oct. 5, 2012)

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, cuts
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, cuts and threads pipe as she works on the sprinkler system at concourse B of the Delta Terminal 4 expansion at Kennedy Airport. (Oct. 5, 2012)

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, cuts
Photo Credit: Linda Rosier

Joann King, a steamfitter with Local 638, cuts and threads pipe as she works on the sprinkler system at concourse B of the Delta Terminal 4 expansion at Kennedy Airport. (Oct. 5, 2012)

A steamfitter like her father, Jenny Lessler-Maass, 31,
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

A steamfitter like her father, Jenny Lessler-Maass, 31, of Medford, is the only woman on the job at her current project in Manhattan where she is prepping and fitting pipes for a sprinkler system she is helping install there. (Oct. 4, 2012)

Jenny Lessler-Maass, 31, of Medford, has become a
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Jenny Lessler-Maass, 31, of Medford, has become a steamfitter like her father, and works on a site in midtown Manhattan alongside fellow steamfitter Tommy McDowell, 50, of Mastic Beach, both with ABCO Peerless and the UA Local 638. (Oct. 4, 2012)

Wearing a necklace with a wrench charm, Jenny
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Wearing a necklace with a wrench charm, Jenny Lessler-Maass, 31, of Medford, throws on her journeyman attire, including bright pink gloves, and heads to Manhattan to work on a sprinkler system in an office space where she is the only female worker. (Oct. 4, 2012)

Jenny Lessler-Maass, a mother of two boys, doesn't
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Jenny Lessler-Maass, a mother of two boys, doesn't let the fact that she is the only female on her job site hold her back, working alongside men old and young to install the sprinkler system in a Manhattan office space. (Oct. 4, 2012)

Jenny Lessler-Maass works on a project in midtown
Photo Credit: Nancy Borowick

Jenny Lessler-Maass works on a project in midtown Manhattan, installing sprinklers in the ceiling of an office space. (Oct. 4, 2012)

Steamfitter Dianna Nunez, of Westbury, looks over plans
Photo Credit: Handout

Steamfitter Dianna Nunez, of Westbury, looks over plans for piping on-site at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. (March 2012)

Steamfitter Dianna Nunez, 27, of Westbury, carries pipe
Photo Credit: Handout

Steamfitter Dianna Nunez, 27, of Westbury, carries pipe at the National Grid building in Hicksville. (Sept. 2012)

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