Victoria Ross Patti has been welding for twenty years, her interest in metal first sparked when she worked as the only woman industrial mechanic at a Water Treatment plant in Boulder Colorado.
“Once I learned I was soon staying after work to practice and make metal sculptures from the discarded parts of motors and pumps from the treatment plant,” she says.
What excites you about welding?
I am excited to see more and more women getting into this field of work, it’s a momentum that is growing and exciting.
What welding process(es) do you use most? or feel more familiar with?
When I was at the water treatment plant I used stick and MIG on various treatment equipment and pipe. Now I primarily use MIG on steel for my steel sculptures. Continue reading
The most outstanding professional welders have three key characteristics that make them exceptional. Welding proficiency shows in the results of a welder’s work, which is based on drawing from a solid skill set, properly applying expertise, and having a particular flair for the work. A successful welder understands the craft, continues to learn, and finds a specific niche.
Most women welders I know often say that when folks find out they are welders, they are surprised. Women don’t weld, right? I mean a girl!? Sadly there are many out there (men and women) who think that welding isn’t a good career choice for women. Just recently Cameron wrote to us:
Hello, I am a 33 year old woman and have been thinking of welding. I hear very mixed reviews. Some people tell me the industry has changed enough that it’s relatively clean work that doesn’t cause too much wear and tear to your muscles and body. Others say it’s dirty and grimy and you have to be in tight spaces welding over your head sometimes and that it is very tough on a petite girl. I wonder what your thoughts on this are?
We’ve written a lot about this in the past, but it never hurts to address this again. Maybe until folks get it right–welding is a fine career for a woman!
A lot of women wonder what it will be like working in a predominately male environment. Here’s some tips: Continue reading
There’s been such a big push to get more women interested in welding as a career, and I can see by some of the comments on this site, our readers are often women who are looking for information about getting into the industry. And so, with summer winding down and Labor Day just around the corner… that means Back To School! Your first classes will probably be basic MIG and Stick welding, so you won’t need fancy expensive equipment at first, but you will want some good basic personal protection equipment (PPE) products. We recommend at a minimum: welding gloves, a jacket, a helmet, and a respirator.
Your welding gloves should fit well for optimal dexterity (to figure out your size, check out this handy chart) so unless you have “Big Man Hands” you’ll want to select a glove made for women. We like the Revco One of our favorites is the Revco Angelfire Welding Glove. It’s constructed with top quality thin cut kidskin leather, with pig skin palms for the best in protection and the ultimate in flexibility. And be sure to save your welding gloves for welding and use more rugged metal worker gloves for your prep and finish work. Continue reading
Arc-Zone’s very own Joanie Butler has been selected to participate in The Arc-Zone Pro Partnership program. A little over three years ago, Joanie’s adventure with Arc-Zone began. She has proven to be a Jill of all trades who assists our Customer Care, Marketing, and Purchasing Teams; she creates metal art as a hobby, and even single-handedly designed and built a one-of-a-kind sign for Arc-Zone’s Ultimate Showroom.
She’s an inspiration to female fabricators everywhere and was recently hand-selected by the AWS to serve on a National Committee to create a Program for the Girl Scouts of America. Without further ado, Arc-Zone proudly presents to you, Joanie Butler!
Joanie Butler @joaniebutler sporting the Arc-Zone pro Partnership Tee