Jessie Hamilton Defies the Expectations in a ‘Man’s World.’

Published on October 1, 2023

Jessie Hamilton, a heavy equipment operator for Schutte Excavating in Greensburg, Indiana, operates her compact track loader with unmatched expertise and finesse. While running equipment has been a lifelong passion, she would have never taken hold of the controls if she’d accepted the status quo. 

From a young age, Jessie was determined to break the stereotypes and embrace every opportunity – especially if it meant operating the fascinating machines that her brother was allowed to handle on her family’s dairy farm. She made it her mission to learn the ins and outs of equipment operation.  

When we was growing up, my older brother always got to do all the cool stuff, as far as driving tractors and helping Dad out on everything. I always was jealous that he got to go out there and do it. So I would follow him around like a puppy dog because I always wanted to do all the ‘boy stuff’ us girls didn’t really get to participate much in.

Jessie Hamilton

Bobcat Equipment Operator

Growing Into an Operator 

As she grew older, Jessie honed her skills – on her own – with dedication and perseverance. The animals on the farm counted on her, and she took this responsibility to heart, ensuring their needs were met day in and day out. Jessie developed a confidence that only comes from a sense of purpose – and exhaustive knowledge of her Bobcat® machines.  

The thing I’m most proud of is I’ve learned how to become the operator I am on my own. I also feel like when I come to work, I don’t come just for the paycheck. I enjoy every day that I get to sit in that equipment.

Jessie Hamilton

Bobcat Equipment Operator

Today, Jessie operates Bobcat equipment full time, and it’s more than just a job for her. It’s the fun part of work – where every minute is instilled with power and the satisfaction of a job well done. Jessie loves the ergonomic controls and the comfort of her Bobcat compact excavator and compact track loader, as they help her tackle long days with ease and confidence. She handles her compact track loader with an artist’s grace and precision, and she’s even been complimented for wielding the machine like a paintbrush. Every task she takes on is executed with expert finesse.  

Despite her undeniable skill and dedication, Jessie still encounters the occasional customer who is unwilling to acknowledge her as the boss. But she doesn’t get discouraged. She reminds them that she’s just as capable and efficient as any man and lets her work speak for itself. 

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