Becky began welding at Loyalist College in Canada after watching her grandfather weld horse stalls out of old steel on her mom’s farm. According to Becky, from that moment she “began to seriously consider welding as a future career choice.”
“Advice I’d want to give a woman entering the welding field. Keep your head down and work hard!
You’re a girl so you’ll be the talk of the shop/company as soon as you’re hired! Give them no reason to talk badly about you and all they have to say is ‘Yeah she shows up on time, eager to work and is good at what she does!’”
Since enrolling in college, Becky has earned numerous certificates and even scored herself a sweet gig at boatyard.
It seems the news is mostly good, that manufacturing jobs are coming back, that welders are or will soon be in great demand:
US Manufacturing to Capture Larger Share of Global Market
WASHINGTON — After decades of hollowing out, U.S. manufacturing is overtaking competitors and stands to grab up to $115 billion more in export business from rivals by 2020, a new report said Tuesday. continue reading this article.–>
Energy industry eager to attract more skilled trades workers
With all the new projects planned along the Gulf Coast, the energy industry predicts it will need 500,000 new workers between now and 2020. continue reading this article–>
Tips for Women Welders
So as a reminder, I thought I’d revisit some tips for women welders to succeed in the industry.
1. Welding Education, Welding Education, Welding Education! (not to mention practice, practice, practice) No matter how you do it, whether you go to a welding school, apprentice with a master fabricator, ask a ton of questions, the more you know the more employable you will be in the welding industry. And women welders, this is especially true for you. The better you are at your craft, the less likely you’ll have to put up with guff from your male counterparts. Make it your mission to weld rings around your male counterparts. Continue reading
Brandy Atchley and her son
After being introduced to welding in junior high, Brandy went on to take welding classes at her local community college and has “been hooked ever since”. One year later in 2006, she was hired to replace a TIG welder at a fabrication company.
“I have fabricated many things from custom truck bumpers, classic log show truck steps, boat float straps, stainless steel counter tops, you name it. I run a break, sheer, rollers and all the typical fab-ing machines. The only thing I’m not familiar with at our shop is the CNC router and the lathe but I do plan on learning those as well.”
Brandy took some time out of her busy schedule (she also has an adorable son) to let us get to know her a little bit better. Read on for the full interview… Continue reading
If you’re heading back to welding school this Fall, here’s some welding supplies you may want to make sure you have.
Welding Safety First
Flames, sparks, hot stuff– welding can be dangerous! And you want to make sure you protect your eyes.
Eye injuries–arc flash, flying particles, molten metal, grinding dust–are the most common welding injuries. With a nice pair of safety glasses like these ArcArmor safety glasses from Miller you can keep your eyes safe and look good! They come in a variety of colors and in both clear lenses and shade 5.0 lenses.
Make sure you have a hood too– a welding helmet. You don’t have to spend a lot of money–you can get a passive welding helmet for around $35, or a basic fixed shade auto-darkening helmet for a little more than a hundred bucks.
Pat Stadelman recently found a blog post we’d written in 2010 on JoeWelder.com about her son Billy, “Welding Shop a Wish Come True.” Billy had been diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor and was granted a welding shop by the Make A Wish Foundation. Sadly Pat reported that Billy passed away in October 2011—but not before inspiring his 19-year-old sister Lora, who has now taken up the torch in Wellsville, New York.
This picture was taken as a senior portrait. Since Billy could not be there for the pictures, the photographer did some magic.
Lora has been welding for about a year and took her first welding class last fall at Broome Tioga Boces in Binghamton and she’ll start classes at Alfred State College this fall. “We always had this plan, that we would start a welding business together,” Lora says, adding that Billy would do the welding and she would do the business end.
For Lora, losing Billy has been the most difficult thing she’s ever had to deal with, but she decided that she would go ahead with their plan, with a few changes. When she attended welding classes with the same teachers her brother had at Boces and discovered she really likes welding. Most of her time so far has been with the Stick welding process, “but I really like the TIG process more,” she says. Continue reading
Just received this press release from the American Welding Society celebrating the kick off the 2013 Careers in Welding Trailer tour.
MIAMI, Fla., July 22, 2013 – Boy Scouts from across the country are exploring careers in welding as the AWS Careers in Welding Trailer kicks off its 2013 tour at the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia through July 24, 2013.
Over 40,000 [BOY] Scouts, volunteers and visitors are getting a chance to try their hand at welding at America’s biggest celebration in Scouting. Held once every three years, this will be the first jamboree at its new permanent home – The Summit, in West Virginia.
Let’s hope that the Careers in Welding Trailer finds ways to introduce GIRL scouts, and GIRLS in general, to the possibilities of working in the welding industry. After all, the American Welding Society’s new president is NANCY Cole, who has stated one of her goals is to get more women into the industry. Continue reading