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. 

More Recent Stories

View All Stories
Three Generations of Bobcat Engineers: The Asche Family Drew Asche operating Bobcat compact track loader.

Three Generations of Bobcat Engineers: The Asche Family

Discover the legacy at Bobcat with three generations of the Asche family men bringing innovation, advancements and dedication as engineers over the last 50 years.
Musician Randy Brown’s Ranch Management with Bobcat Equipment Randy Brown at His Ranch With a Bobcat Small Articulated Loader

Musician Randy Brown’s Ranch Management with Bobcat Equipment

Tune into how Western Colorado musician Randy Brown uses Bobcat equipment to navigate the balance between hard work and enjoyment, both on and off his ranches.
Athena Valanofeld Tackles Abandoned Acreage with CT2025 A Bobcat CT2025 Compact Tractor On A White Background

Athena Valanofeld Tackles Abandoned Acreage with CT2025

Unearth the story of Athena Valanofeld an Albuquerque Fire Rescue lieutenant and mother-to-be, tackling an abandoned acreage for her family with a Bobcat CT2025.
Highline Landscaping Stands Out with Bobcat Mowers Brent Mitchell of Highline Landscaping stands in a pose on a customer’s lawn near his Bobcat ZS4000 zero-turn stand-on mower.

Highline Landscaping Stands Out with Bobcat Mowers

Discover how Brent Mitchell, owner of Highline Landscaping achieves his wholehearted mission to serve people and deliver exceptional results with his Bobcat Mowers.
Serbian Basketball Scholar Builds American Dream with Bobcat Equipment Bobcat E35 Compact Excavator Studio Image on White Background

Serbian Basketball Scholar Builds American Dream with Bobcat Equipment

Stefan Mutavdzic, a Serbian basketball scholar, has relied on Bobcat equipment to build his American Dream successful career as the owner of a construction company.
Sagona Landscape Relies on Bobcat Equipment in New York City Bobcat MT100 Mini Track Loader Studio Image on White Background

Sagona Landscape Relies on Bobcat Equipment in New York City

Discover how the sibling owned and operated Sagona Landscape Contracting relies on Bobcat Equipment in New York City for transforming landscaping in tight spaces.
Business Owner Supports & Saves Community with Bobcat Loader Bobcat S570 Skid-Steer Loader with bucket attachment full of rocks

Business Owner Supports & Saves Community with Bobcat Loader

Experience TNT Enterprises owner Tom Smith’s big heart through community projects and saving his hometown of Teslin in Yukon, Canada with his Bobcat skid-steer loader.
Randy Riesland: Leading Bobcat Service Technician Expert Randy Riesland overseeing other Bobcat service technicians during a training session at a Colorado Bobcat training facility.

Randy Riesland: Leading Bobcat Service Technician Expert

Randy Riesland has worked as a technician with Bobcat for the last three decades. His expertise is sought out by other technicians in the industry.
The Bobcat Brand Evolution Bobcat PG40 Portable Generator Against a White Background

The Bobcat Brand Evolution

Discover the Bobcat Brand evolution of our product equipment lineup expansion with portable power, industrial air, forklifts, and turf renovation to accomplish more.
Jessie Hamilton Breaks Stereotypes with Bobcat Equipment Jessie Hamilton Speaks With a Co-Worker From the Cab of a Bobcat E60 Compact Excavator

Jessie Hamilton Breaks Stereotypes with Bobcat Equipment

Jessie Hamilton, a heavy equipment operator for Schutte Excavating operates Bobcat equipment with unmatched expertise and finesse. She would have never taken hold of the controls if she’d accepted the status quo.

What’s Your Bobcat Story?

Taking on big, ambitious challenges is what being One Tough Animal® is all about. Tell us how Bobcat empowers or inspires you to accomplish more. Whether it’s at work, at play or in life, share your story with us.

Share Your Story