When Gavriella Oliver was younger, she tagged along with her dad to job sites and, in the process, learned about electrical work.

“It was probably the only thing I was interested in,” said Oliver, 21, who is one of the few female electrician apprentices in Montana.

Oliver works under Chris Campbell at Insight Electric, which services the Gallatin Valley. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, Oliver said she isn’t intimidated to become an electrician and hasn’t faced challenges besides the lack of bathrooms at job sites.

“I’m just here to go in and do my work, so I’m not worried that there aren’t many women around,” she said. “This is a job for everyone.”

Oliver graduated from high school in 2016, completed a semester of college and worked odd jobs for a few years before realizing electrical work was where her interest and passion lie.

Since beginning her apprenticeship this summer, Oliver has put the knowledge she gained from her dad to work and has helped Campbell with everything from installing outlets in homes to hanging chandeliers in the Yellowstone Club.

“I’ve loved it ever since I started,” she said. “There is just such a variety in what we’re doing.”

While completing her apprenticeship, Oliver is taking online courses through Montana State University-Northern in Havre thanks to two scholarships that support women in the trades.

She plans to complete her apprenticeship and schoolwork in the next four years and then take the exam to become a licensed journeyman electrician. Eventually, she hopes to use her electrical skills to work as a project manager and to construct her own home.

“It’s exciting and cool to have a job where you are learning something new every day,” she said. “I hope to just keep learning.”

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at pstein@dailychronicle.com. Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

Perrin Stein is the county, state and federal government reporter for the Chronicle.

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