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crrry00 in Harlingen, Texas

64 months ago

Hello, I am 39 years old and have always worked in clerical jobs. I recently thought of becoming a welder since I have always heard it is a very good paying job and I would sure like that since I'm the head of household in my home. Is it too difficult to learn and once you learned how to weld, can you weld any material or do you have to specilized in one?

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gethhyn@*****.*** in Jupiter, Florida

64 months ago

It is not "difficult" to learn per se. You have to be physically able to do the work. You need to understand that you will get burned. You don't pay attention to the typical burns-slag hitting you, bb's popping and hitting you in the neck,ear head,etc. The days you talk about are the ones that you've caught fire. You can specialize in Tig welding and get into stainless or aluminum welding. It is a cleaner welding process and usually more detail oriented. It can be a long process to go from just learning to weld to being proficient at it. I would count on at least five years training plus work experience to have a good welding base. You will deal with attitude issues from males. I just ran into a problem at a company that did not want to provide me with a woman's port-o-let on the job-which is required. And they laid me off as a pipefitter to bring in more pipefitters.

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Andrea in Bakersfield, California

63 months ago

Sandy in East Texas in Yantis, Texas said: I am a woman welder and have 35 year experience. Why is it so hard for men to accept a women out in the field. I am 6G certified have my own rig. I apply and they say they will call back but never do. I had one man tell me that he thought it would be to destracting to have a woman in the field. I have worked as a structural welder and was the only woman there. I did not stop production and I did not cause any accidents. What is it with all the excuses?

I have yet to understand why they think welding is a mans job. It's frustrating and stupid. I am having a similar situation I don't have as much experience as you but. I say we get our money right and start our on companies,hire other woemn that want to do this kind of work form some sort of something that will help us get along in our trades

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sandy in Mount Vernon, Texas

63 months ago

Wish I knew how!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jazz in Edmonton, Alberta

63 months ago

Hi i'm a young woman looking into the welding field and i have a great interest in this trade! i know how males are like when they think their the dominant ones and believe woman are not equally able to get the job done! But i do not know how to prepare myself for the male environment in the real world that i will be facing...could you give me some advice on how i can prepare for whats out there???

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gethhyn@*****.*** in Jupiter, Florida

63 months ago

Basically you go in not acting like a stupid girl. Go in like a person looking to learn a trade and be good at it. It's ok not to know things when you get in-most people don't know it till they learn it. Pay attention to everything. Not all men are down on women. Many are great at helping you along. Some want nothing better than to make your life hell and "prove" that you don't belong there. Like being out in the real world, you have to learn who to trust and who to look out for. For some reason, some men think that a woman has to be better than a man to be as good as one. I am an "average" welder. I do not have perfectly straight stringers, but they are tied in and consistant. What I lack in perfection, I make up for in knowledge. I make sure I know how to read prints,take proper measurements,have knowledge of the job. When I fit for a welder, I make sure that I am the best fitter I can be. Alot of times the respect is earned. You do have to prove that you can do the work. And that you are not there just to shake your ass and sleep with the crew to get by.

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yikes in Vancouver, British Columbia

63 months ago

I'm in my third month at welding school and love it. the guys are great and I am having no issues learning the material or welding! (no idea how I can catch on so quickly), But I am having an issue with gloves. I have small hands and gloves are much to large making me clumsy and my pinky and ring fingers are in contstant pain due to my gloves being large. I have spoke with the other womwn in my course and they are having the same issue. Could you guys point me (us) to a brand of glove that fits smaller?
thank you so much!!
Kay

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sandy in Mount Vernon, Texas

63 months ago

I don't use regular welding gloves never have for the same reason.
I use the short leather work gloves made out of deer skin (soft leather). Don't last as long but that is what I use

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sandy in Mount Vernon, Texas

63 months ago

Do the best job you can stay focused on the job and don't date the
men you work with. Be a lady even though you work like a man. Listen watch and learn all you can. Anytime you can take an extra
class and learn something new go for it. You will have to earn the
respect and not expect any favors just because your a woman. In fact sometimes you will have to work harder because they will test
you. Good luck

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Andrea in Bakersfield, California

63 months ago

They don;t have many women welding gloves but I wear Angelfire glves they are fo women and fit well search for them online and they will show up. As far as the young lady asking about how can you prepare to work with men. Men are cool to work with I've never had any problems and treat them like brother or friends there is no big deal I have always looked at it like that. I am the only black woman welder in my city and I get along great with everyone I've ever worked with. Learn as much as you can and practice makes perfect. We really need more women in industry and I wish you the best of luck

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Jazz in Edmonton, Alberta

63 months ago

gethhyn@yahoo.com in Jupiter, Florida said: Basically you go in not acting like a stupid girl. Go in like a person looking to learn a trade and be good at it. It's ok not to know things when you get in-most people don't know it till they learn it. Pay attention to everything. Not all men are down on women. Many are great at helping you along. Some want nothing better than to make your life hell and "prove" that you don't belong there. Like being out in the real world, you have to learn who to trust and who to look out for. For some reason, some men think that a woman has to be better than a man to be as good as one. I am an "average" welder. I do not have perfectly straight stringers, but they are tied in and consistant. What I lack in perfection, I make up for in knowledge. I make sure I know how to read prints,take proper measurements,have knowledge of the job. When I fit for a welder, I make sure that I am the best fitter I can be. Alot of times the respect is earned. You do have to prove that you can do the work. And that you are not there just to shake your ass and sleep with the crew to get by.

Thank you so much for the advice...it encourages me to do better and now reall y look forward to the welding career! Thank you so much!

P.S. I'm not in it for the guys at all, its not who i am...i'm in it for hands on experience and hard work!

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Jazz in Edmonton, Alberta

63 months ago

sandy in Mount Vernon, Texas said: Do the best job you can stay focused on the job and don't date the
men you work with. Be a lady even though you work like a man. Listen watch and learn all you can. Anytime you can take an extra
class and learn something new go for it. You will have to earn the
respect and not expect any favors just because your a woman. In fact sometimes you will have to work harder because they will test
you. Good luck

Thank you so much...i appreciate your advice! i will deffinitly keep that in mind! i am really looking forward to the education, training, and most of the work involved!

P.S. And i don't date work colleuges and never have...its not part of the job or who i am! i am in a serious relationship...and i am very independent woman and ask for no favours just advice for how to get the work done! Thank you for the advice!

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Dani in Kamloops, British Columbia

63 months ago

Hi this is my first time on this site, i have read alot of blogs. And i know all to well what it is like to try and find a welding job as a women and be in a male dominated work force. I have been called all the nasty names, picked at and not hired, being given all the crappy jobs the guys pawn off, because i am a women. But im still proud to say that i am a level A journeyman welder:) I have been working on heavy duty equipment since the start. I finally have a great bunch of guys i work with now. They have accepted im not going anywhere and that im very talented at what i do. And that i do have rights, and can us them if need be. I am 26 years old and have been welding for 7 years now. I am considering a career change because my little 125 lbs body is just tired. I enjoy my job but i am having to get adjusted every week at the end of my shift, to get rid of my headaches, due to my neck going out of place constantly. I would like to find something that i can still somewhat be apart of the trade. Does anyone have any advise for me? Thank alot :)

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Dani in Kamloops, British Columbia

63 months ago

yikes in Vancouver, British Columbia said: I'm in my third month at welding school and love it. the guys are great and I am having no issues learning the material or welding! (no idea how I can catch on so quickly), But I am having an issue with gloves. I have small hands and gloves are much to large making me clumsy and my pinky and ring fingers are in contstant pain due to my gloves being large. I have spoke with the other womwn in my course and they are having the same issue. Could you guys point me (us) to a brand of glove that fits smaller?
thank you so much!!
Kay

I have been welding for 7 years. And i had the same issue. Miller came out with a glove called the power of blue. Comes in a small and is a heavy duty glove. They are nice and light and they last a long time i find i can get a few months out of them. Best of Luck

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gethhyn@*****.*** in Delray Beach, Florida

63 months ago

You should look into stainless/aluminum tig welding. It's cleaner, almost no heavy duty grunt work like heavy machinery type welding. You could get into the boating industry. My dad used to make the bow rails for boats-more delicate and less heavy work. Or look into machine shops that need someone that can be an all around worker, i.e. run equipment, do repairs, welding, sheet metal.

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sandy in Scroggins, Texas

63 months ago

You could try being an instructor at a welding school. There is the artistic side of welding where you deal with interior decorators.

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STEELHEART WELD'N FAB in Edmonton, Alberta

61 months ago

Sandy in East Texas in Yantis, Texas said: I am a woman welder and have 35 year experience. Why is it so hard for men to accept a women out in the field. I am 6G certified have my own rig. I apply and they say they will call back but never do. I had one man tell me that he thought it would be to destracting to have a woman in the field. I have worked as a structural welder and was the only woman there. I did not stop production and I did not cause any accidents. What is it with all the excuses?

hey sandy

my name is tamara and i am a rig welder in alberta.
i out weld alot of the guys, run my own rig and my own farm.
i get no respect, and these young guys, they are the worst.
most of them are not skilled and only care about money.
i get alot of abuse of every kind, just so that i can do the job that i love.
i wish that we all lived alot closer, we could support each other and maybe even work together
in my 12 years of welding it has gotten worse not better
it doesnt matter how good a welder you are.
you still dont have a dick
i know that i sound btchy, but i aint never gonna give up. and you cant either.
i dont want to work in a shop either
been there done that payed my dues.
i guess what i am saying is that we are screwed.
you can email me at steelheart@live.ca
hang in there sandy,

TAMARA- TICKETED ALBERTA JOURNYMAN WELDER

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har969 in Federal Way, Washington

61 months ago

We should definitely support each other and it would be a good thing for us women to bond together and maybe start companies that employ each other...
I am a certified FCAW, SMAW structural steel welder and can fit and pipe weld and pipe fit.
If there are any women out there that own there own business and have job openings.....
Drop me a line
I live in the pacific northwest
H Rogers
I am at the point where, I get a job and then I get harassed and treated badly by a group of people at the company.
I am almost to the point where I think that the companies are paying people to run me out of there, because they are afraid of a harassment suit.
I just recently left a company because they hired me as a welder and then they started giving me labor work to do, and I am doing all the grinding and needlegunning, when I was hired before all the people around me on this boat that I was working on.
I had finally had enough, and walked out.....
I called the next day to talk to the guy that hired me and found out that because I walked off the company and didnt tell anyone they terminated me for making racist remarks.....
Which, never happened...... That is the type of things that I am dealing with, where as they go to great lengths to cover themselves by ruining my credibility/reputation.
So, what do you do?
I have had people call me up, that arent even in my union telling me that I should get out, the union doesnt want me!
What would you guys do?????

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har969 in Federal Way, Washington

61 months ago

jason@pacifictradesplus.com in San Diego, California said: Well if any of you girls want to weld in San Diego you will get plenty of respect around here. I've got several gals working and some of them are absolutely amazing. And I'm hiring.... :-)

I saw your ad Jason and I am interested in a position as a welder.
Certified FCAW and SMAW all positions structural steel, Innersheild, stainless....Shipfitting experience as well as pipe welding and pipe fitting experience.
Attached you will find my email har969@yahoo.com If you are still hiring, let me know...
If there is per diem, I will travel

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itzmee312 in Pasadena, Texas

60 months ago

at most welding supply stores small sizes are available. you could also use a small leather hand glove in your tig glove to make them a little tighter

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guieb in Makati, Philippines

59 months ago

i am 29yrs. old, i am a woman and also studied welder SMAW NC2 passer... i'm just high school graduate... no experience in working as a welder... i want to learn more about welding so that i can find jobs for welder or even just a welder helper... i hope somebody out there could help me..

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sandy in Quitman, Texas

59 months ago

Not sure how to help when you live in the Philippines. Just start
knocking on door and applying to ads until a door opens. Just be sure they are going to help you in your welding career and that they are not helping you for other reasons. Good Luck

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Patrea in Auckland, New Zealand

58 months ago

Im very new to welding,got an apprenticeship at the beginning of this year, have some amazing quality guys to work with and some complete and utter @$*%#%$@& also. Am loving the welding work and have been thrown in at the deep end a little with the work, but am learning fast. Am lucky that am very tall and strong and find it fairly easy to put the nasty guys in their place, and the worst ones are pretty lazy and incompetent at their jobs anyway.The ones that back me really do and all the truck drivers that we fix the trucks of (mostly male) are fantastic. I guess Im fairly lucky compared to what Ive read on this site. Im so impressed by the strength expressed by so many of you,espescially the ones that have done this long term.
Thanks, Pat
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har969 in Federal Way, Washington

58 months ago

Where do you work, like what city?
How did you get involved in welding?

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Patrea in Auckland, New Zealand

58 months ago

I work in Auckland City, New Zealand and am 37.I decided to get into mechanical work a few years ago after being made redundant in child care work. It was something I have always wanted to do since I was very young and my daughter was getting old enough to for me to do longer working hours. After going to tech on and off for a few years,doing paid driving work and free mechanical work that wasnt leading towards a paid job,I finished tech and offered free work again. Knocked on alot of doors and finally got taken on by a trucking co. After a month they were pretty sure they wanted to hire me, sent me out to their ex-welder (a very tough employer) who gave them great feedback and they took me on as their apprentice welder.Turns out I love welding more than mechanical work (though I still enjoy it and get to do also). Pat
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Patrea in Auckland, New Zealand

58 months ago

I work in Auckland City, New Zealand and am 37. I decided to get into mechanical work a few years ago after being made redundant in child care work. It was something I have always wanted to do since I was very young and my daughter was getting old enough to for me to do longer working hours. After going to tech on and off for a few years,doing paid driving work and free mechanical work that wasnt leading towards a paid job,I finished tech and offered free work again. Knocked on alot of doors and finally got taken on by a trucking co. After a month they were pretty sure they wanted to hire me, sent me out to their ex-welder (a very tough employer) who gave them great feedback and they took me on as their apprentice welder.Turns out I love welding more than mechanical work (though I still enjoy it and get to do also). Pat
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Gwendolyn in Los Angeles, California

58 months ago

I run a small portable welding company, and we are always looking for new welders, I have plenty of work for anyone who is a L.A. certified welder in structural steel. We are portable and it is a different experience every time you go to a new job. We do everything from doggy doors in security screen door, to stainless steel for restaurants, you name it I get a call for it. I am a woman and have to say all my interactions with men in the field of welding have been positive. Maybe, Los Angeles is a more forward thinking city, but I believe if you are good at what you do, no one can hold you back. When I first started I could not carry my portable welder, but I worked on building my strength up so I could and in the meantime welded a cart to haul the welder to and from jobs. The only obstacle truly I have found is finding gloves that fit properly. Most places don't stock women gloves or even small men gloves. My best advice to women in welding is keep learning, practicing, and don't assume that people don't want women welding. WE NEED MORE WELDERS in America.

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rikki in Guthrie, Oklahoma

58 months ago

Lorena Herrera in Houston, Texas said: I am 21yrs old and I went to school for safety and since I have gotten my certification I havent had no luck. They tell me they want someone with experience well how are you suppose to get that if no one will give you a chance. I am wanting to learn welding and I am willing to pay someone to teach me the basics so I can land a job as a welder helper .. Is there anyone out there that can help me?

hi my name is rikki (yeah im a women) and if u really want to weld u can do a jobcorps they have them in a lot of states they have one in oklahoma called guthrie jobcorps its free and u should check it out they offer alot and. thats where i went its gets u certified.... they also offer advanced training to get your 6G its ages 16-24yrs old to go..... good luck :)

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sandy in Quitman, Texas

58 months ago

Community college's have classes where you can take welding. I went in the evening classes after work twice a week.

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gethhyn@*****.*** in Jupiter, Florida

58 months ago

I went through my UA Local 630 union apprenticeship program. I got in because the Local needed women apprentices in the program. Many unions require you to have a family member in the local. You can call the local Union hall or apprenticeship program to see if they are accepting new members.

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Bailey in Pine Knot, Kentucky

56 months ago

i am about to graduate from a trade school for welding, im a 24 year old woman, and i will be a constant reminder to the men that woman can do anything a man can do!!! i refuse to give up or let them bring me down!! This is my dream and i will make it come true!!

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WeldingBabe in Kennewick, Washington

55 months ago

Sandy in East Texas in Yantis, Texas said: Lorena I would be gald to help if your were closer. I have given lessons before but you could also go to a community college and take classes...........I talked to a welder in Canada and he was looking for a women helper . He said that he would much rather work with a women than a man. I have thought about starting a welding school for women and help women that want to get into the field. A few law suits on womens rights and these companies might think twice.

Sandy,
If you do consider starting up a welding school for women, I would love to teach there. I have a 2yr degree in Welding Technology, and for the last 5 years have been a Commercial Welder/Diver. I coordinated and created a course with the community college near my company to teach and facilitate company employees using a state grant, as well as dedicating my time to instruct there upon the school's permission. I am a big part of the Welding Division at my company. I have also helped other co-workers at the shop and on jobs that have asked for my help to be better welders both in the dry and wet. I don't always have all the answers when someone asks me a question. But, I tell them that I will do my best to find it and get back to them asap. Anyway, every time that I have helped somebody it has always left me with a good feeling that I would teach if it gave me that feeling all the time.
When I was hired, I was 1 of the first 2 women hired in the 10 yrs the company had been in operation. I understand what it's like to feel like I am not going to be hired because I'm a woman. It was difficult the first time and I haven't experienced the 2nd...but, when or if I do...I will persevere.

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madwelder in Robertsdale, Alabama

53 months ago

Hey my name is maddie, I am a high school senior in high school take welding courses. I love it sooo much but my welding teacher, mom, and step dad do not want to see me go into that type of field. They believe since I am an attractive young girl that I will be harassed. I am a good welder and I would really like to succeed in the industry. I am just wondering what should I do.
Its a guys job I understand that but at the same time women are really just great welders. Guys will talk their talk I'm used to it but the fear of my family and teacher is that it would be really bad. My heart is set I just do not want to go against the opinions of people I highly respect.

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Sandy in Yantis, Texas

53 months ago

Maddie my name is Sandra and I have been welding for a long time. I started in 1972 and I can tell you it was not easy and if this is what you decide to do it will not be easy. Just the way it is. I understand and respect your parents concerns. Your welding teacher does not count. This is your life and a welding teacher in school (which I am sure is a man) does not need to be telling you what to do with it. Yes what they say is true you will be harassed and a lot of other things but you can still be a lady and be in welding. It is a choice. What you learn in school is just a drop in the bucket to what it is like in the real world of welding. That is when you really start learning. There are so many way to go in the field of welding. I would say if this is really what you think you want to do go for it. With respect to your parents concerns I would say they just want a easier life for you. I have daughters and I understand where they are coming from but this is you life and if this is what you what you want to do I say go for it. I will say that you should be smart and think about the big picture. The older you get the harder it is on you. It is hot, cold, heavy work and dirty I have scars from grinders and being burned. If you do want to do this think about going into it and work towards a welding - structural engineer career. specialized welding like stainless steel, aluminum or other special kind of metals. There is the career of Metallurgy that you could add to your welding. You do not want to get my age and be out here still just being a welder. You can learn to weld but think BIGGER. Take the knowledge and keep adding to it( I guess what I am saying is use your head not your back).Welding can take you in so many directions. I took the road less traveled but I wish I had been smarter when I was younger and getting started in welding. What I am telling you don't see yourself as a just a welder but use welding as a stepping stone to something more

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Jenny Black Fox in Manchester, United Kingdom

52 months ago

I'm 27 and have been TIG welding a couple of years. I really struggled to get a job in this industry. When I was finishing college there was a lad in my class who was a long way behind me in terms of skill and equal in lack of experience. We both applied for the same job - he got it and I didn't even get an interview. The more women that get into welding the easier it will get as attitudes change - there is no reason at all why men would be better welders. It took me about a year to actually get a job and I was made redundant when the company went under, so I set up my own decorative metalwork company at the start of this year, www.blackfoxmetalcraft.co.uk I hope to be able to take on staff and hopefully help out girls in the situation I was a couple of years ago!

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Jenny Black Fox in Manchester, United Kingdom

52 months ago

And Maddie I think go for it. I totally understand why your parents are concerned - mine were a little the same when I was getting into welding - its not going to be an easy job but it is so important to be doing a job you enjoy. Life's to short not to! But I think when they see you in a career that is fulfilling and that you enjoy, they'll be really proud that you had the balls to go for what you wanted. Good luck with it.

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Elyse in Victorville, California

50 months ago

I'm about to start welding school in just a few weeks . I'm a 24 year old women n ready to kick ass n hang worthwhile boys n show them I'm right there wit them . What areas should I work on more ? What should I look put for? Also anyone know how many welding Jobs In ax? What things should I buy? N can anyone speak of. Pay ?

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Sandy in Quitman, Texas

50 months ago

Just learn all you can in school be the best you can be and stay a lady.
Pay depends on what type of welding you do where you live and who your working for. Getting through school is one thing finding a job is the next. It has been along time for me since I stepped outside the class room I hope for your sake it has changed. Remember one word PERSEVERANCE you will need allot of it. Decide what type of welding you want to do and focus on what it takes to go in that field. Good Luck

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crystalkelly in Athabasca, Alberta

48 months ago

I am a Welder /Fitter with 13+ years experience in the trade. I must say it has done me quite well over the years. I'm in my late 30's and eyes and knees are still holding up great even though I have took on a new position in a management role. It is very true that welding can be tough but to all of you struggling, STICK WITH IT!!!! It does get easier and also opens up so many more opportunities career wise for when you get older. I am a Project Manager as well as a QC Inspector and still currently hold all my Pressure Piping and safety tickets. We need more women in the trades and we can do the job just as good if not better than the boys....I am living proof of that!!!! So good luck to all you women on your journey to becoming a great welder!!!!!

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Tangledstrings in Napa, California

46 months ago

Ever since i first picked up a torched in art school I have been curious about becoming a welder full time. Do you have any suggestions for me when just starting out?

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Sandy in Yantis, Texas

46 months ago

First I would decide what direction I wanted to go in. There are so many ways to go with welding. I have been welding since 1972 and there are so much to say and tell you that I wish I had known. It would take a while. What would you like to be able to do after you learn to weld. Do you want to do art are work in a factory out in the field? Tell me some of your thoughts on what you would like to do if you could weld.

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wenchdeal in Newyork, United States minor outlying islands

42 months ago

She simply has no restraint or he is simply giving you a faltering reason not to contact you. Let him know to weld test you then demonstrate to him what you got for quality welds and possibly he will shut up and procure you.

www.cairnssteel.com.au/

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Francis in Lima, Peru

38 months ago

Hi Wendy, I have read there is lack of job opoortunities in your country,If any foreigner wants to work abroad have to meet many requirenments. I try to emigrate to Alberta , Canada. If you are interested, contact me. francis9_74@hotmail.com.

Thanks

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guieb in Tarlac, Philippines

37 months ago

hi wendy, you're right it's hard to find jobs here in the philippines,i'm 31yrs. old now.. but still i cant find a job as female welder or even just welder helper...

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Sandy in Yantis, Texas

37 months ago

guieb in Tarlac, Philippines said: hi wendy, you're right it's hard to find jobs here in the philippines,i'm 31yrs. old now.. but still i cant find a job as female welder or even just welder helper...

Hey Ladies, Just a thought why don't y'all take your talents and start making things to sell. If your artistic, look for things that would sell in your area to make and if you don't have the equipment maybe you could barter (work) to use someones to get started. Here we have what they call trade days and you can take what you make and sell it. I have made furniture and all kinds of things like candle holders, tables, not sure what would sell in the Philippines but I am sure if you think out side the box and look around their is something. They say if there is a will there is a way. Blessings on your endeavors may you start small and grow HUGE in your own business.

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Ti Trucker in Moncton, New Brunswick

25 months ago

yikes in Vancouver, British Columbia said: I'm in my third month at welding school and love it. the guys are great and I am having no issues learning the material or welding! (no idea how I can catch on so quickly), But I am having an issue with gloves. I have small hands and gloves are much to large making me clumsy and my pinky and ring fingers are in contstant pain due to my gloves being large. I have spoke with the other womwn in my course and they are having the same issue. Could you guys point me (us) to a brand of glove that fits smaller?
thank you so much!!
Kay

Lincoln Electric now has Jessie Coombs line of welding clothing. They have steel workers gloves, welding gloves and welding jackets for women. HomeDepot.ca only carry the small in welding gloves and they are very small. I get my medium Jessie Coombs gloves through Praxair. You can always check with your local Lincoln Electric supplier to see if you can get some through them. I have very small hands and wore children work gloves when I was trucking as the women work gloves were too big. If you have bigger hands than I do I suggest to get the Large Jessie Coombs welding gloves. I love their jackets I have a small and I'm a size 6-8. They are fabric except for the sleeves with is leather.

I'm fresh out of school and manage to graduate top of my class with an average of 99% , passed my Block 1 did my CWB tickets in SMAW and FCAW in all positions all with a left wrist disability. Achieved this in 16 weeks. I'm in my 40s and have worked in a male dominated most of my life as a truck driver. It's ashamed it remains the same way today. To all those looking for work or to get into welding good luck to each and every one of you. When the time is right for me I will join the workforce but for now I'm waiting for surgery to correct my wrist. I don't think anyone will hire a disabled person in such a competitive field. Can't wait to return to Alberta, I kinda of miss it.

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DHubert in Fort Lee, New Jersey

25 months ago

Hi everyone. I graduated from HoHokus School of Trade in Paterson, NJ back in June. I completed an 18 month program in Manufacturing Technologies. I have my welding certs & won awards for Most Dedicated & Perfect Attendance. I am having a lot of trouble finding a job. I think it’s my confidence level. I absolutely love welding but my school wasn’t a very good school & there was so much they didn’t teach us. I am willing to work for minimum wage just to get the experience. I live in Northern NJ. If anyone knows of anything I would be forever grateful. Thank you so much

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melissa121369@*****.***

24 months ago

Sandy in East Texas in Quitman, Texas said: What I am finding is how bad the discrimination is in the field of pipeline welding. I had one man that I talked to about a welding job say that he thought it would be destracting to have a women working in the field. Another said he was not having a women welder on the job. I am sure if I wanted to weld on a ship in a ship yard right now I could but that is not the field I was interested in. I can get a job in a shop (been there done that, not interested) I have paid my dues. The question is how do you fight the discrimination?

I work in pipeline. All I can tell you is keep trying. Don't give up. I have been with a company now for 4 years in pipeline anomaly digs. I am the only woman. Men do not care to have a female working with them for what ever reason. I do not try to be a distraction, and do not want to be. I just want to work safe, and get the job done. It would be no different if I was welding. I am a welder (never done pipeline welding), but I know my breast would not be in my way if I decide to take it on. But apparently they are in someone else's way. The machines do most all the heavy lifting (pipe). And in fact the welders have helpers that anticipate there every move,(pipeline welders do not even roll up their own leads), so they hardly do much more that weld. So, if I can pass the cert tests, be OQed, know how to read procedure, no how to read print, use a tape measure, use a cutting torch, cut a "football", communicate, take into consideration weather (hot, cold, damp, day, night),run my welds from hot pass to cover and pass x-ray, how is me being a female going to affect the finished product? I don't think it does. So, mam, keep on trying. I used my nick name to get my foot in the door once, Mel. It worked once, it may work for someone else. If the job on the pipelines are up north you may have a better chance. It's harder in the South. Try union pipeline. Just don't give up. Good Luck

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Megancook95 in Edgerton, Wisconsin

16 months ago

nragone in Mililani, Hawaii said: i welded until I was 5 months pregnant when my doctor told me to stop because no studies had been done on the effect of welding on fetuses. ( really didnt't didn't stop until my 7th month when I couldn't fit into the boiler accesses as well) That was in the 90's and my daughter is quite healthy. You can always wear a good respirator for the fumes, but we do absorb chemicals, and metals through our pores. I'm sure it's a case by case basis. The good part was that since I remained so active I was only in labor for 3 hours and she was my first.

Hello, I recently just started school to get my AAS degree to weld in the pipeline and union... I'm 24 weeks pregnant and wondered if you or anyone else would be able to give me some tips on what to not do while welding pregnant? Thanks

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anissa in Lockhart, Texas

14 months ago

Sandy in East Texas in Yantis, Texas said: I am a woman welder and have 35 year experience. Why is it so hard for men to accept a women out in the field. I am 6G certified have my own rig. I apply and they say they will call back but never do. I had one man tell me that he thought it would be to destracting to have a woman in the field. I have worked as a structural welder and was the only woman there. I did not stop production and I did not cause any accidents. What is it with all the excuses?
hi Sandy, my name is anissa I currently go to Southwest high school in San Antonio I am a female welder, I take welding as a class here & I would like to use this story for our women in welding brochure I would be more than glad to here more from yo how it is in industry for women please email me at anissatripis@gmail.com

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