People of Takenaka
Field Sites Where Women Can Shine Even More
Hiroko Ueda
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Department, Osaka Main Office
Field Sites Where Women Can Shine Even More
Finding my ”calling”…

I joined Takenaka because I had studied architecture in college and wanted to have a job in that field.

In the first year, I was trained in construction management and design as a new employee. After that, I worked on various construction , then moved to the Estimate Department. I took time off when I got married and had children, and on return I did deskwork in the Construction Engineering Department and Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Department supporting people in the field.

The company provides us with a wide variety of experience so we can grow and achieve our full potential. In my case, I will never forget how I felt the first time I went on site. So I have always asked to be allowed to work in the field. That’s where I belong. And this is my true calling. This is where I can use my abilities to the fullest.

The site Ueda currently works at

The site Ueda currently works at

Managing equipment…

I am currently engaged in construction management. My work focuses facilities and equipment providing things essential to human comfort such as electricity, sanitation and air conditioning. I find the job challenging and rewarding because to create ease of use, safety and comfort I have to be myself in the users’ shoes.

People in my field—equipment management—have one interesting habit. Even when they are not working, they always look up as they enter a building. They automatically check for things such as duct work in the ceiling. We have to pay attention to a lot of things that people don’t think about or see.

I believe that by looking at things through the users’ eyes and exercising a little creativity I can create comfortable and easy to use spaces. So I try to improve my powers of observation, so that not even the smallest details escape me.

As a woman and a mother…

I have two children. With help from my parents and other family members, I manage to juggle career and family. On weekends, I try to spend as much time as possible with my children. When I go to an amusement park or a shopping center with my children, however, I notice things that relate to my job.

For example, lines of people waiting or the functionality of powder rooms. Male designers will often ask how these rooms are used. But I have actual experience. So my roles as a woman and a mother help a lot. Only women are going to know how the position of lights and quality of lighting changes the way the skin looks in a powder room. When I work I have an extra perspective that can make a difference.

Spending free time with children

Spending free time with children

“Kizuna Project” movie

With subcontractors at a field site

With subcontractors at a field site

Participation of women in equipment work…

Only a small percentage of construction workers are female with very few working on site. As a result, we set up “Kaguya-kai”, which brings together women working in the equipment departments of group companies and their subcontractors. The idea is to get more and more women working in this field.

“Kaguya-kai” has about 50 members representing 20 companies. It offers study meetings, events and social gatherings and opportunity for honest discussion of a range of issues that female workers face—from balancing work and private life to marriage, childbirth and parenting. There are also activities aimed at improving the environment including restrooms and change rooms.

In addition, the group uses virtual reality technology to simulate projected building interiors before construction, as a way of learning more about the maintenance of facilities. “Kizuna Project”, YouTube videos show female workers doing building equipment work in the field.
We also publish articles on our activities in construction industry publications. As more and more women learn about what they do in this field, we hope that the number of female staff will increase.

We want women to know that we offer workplaces that are safe and secure and where their talents will be appreciated.

Activities that promote female participation in equipment work

Activities that promote female participation in equipment work