In just two months, the Careers in Welding Trailer will once again hit the road to shows kids around the country why welding can be a great career choice.
The main draw on the trailer is, of course, the virtual welders. It gives people a chance to feel what it’s like to don a welding mask, grip a welding gun, and fuse together two pieces of metal. It’s the one thing that makes people want to get back in line over and over again. But it’s not the only thing on-board that aims to show people the great diversity of jobs in the welding industry.
Right now, the American Welding Society is producing a short video that will debut on the Careers in Welding Trailer this summer. It’s focus: women in welding.
With Nancy Cole presiding over the activities of the American Welding Society this year (and this being only the second time a woman has been President of AWS), the theme of “women in welding” seemed to be an important, and appropriate one. It is made even more important when you consider that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women made up just 7.8% of the welding, soldering, and brazing workforce in 2011.
With the help of the Women in Welding video, we may be able to see an increase in this number in the coming years.
The video itself will focus on five different women in the industry. The first, Veronica Gonzalez, is a welder at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. She is currently orbital welding tubes for a pressure system in the space walk jetpacks. We also focus on Amanda Scheffler, a welding instructor at Washtenaw Community College in Michigan who has also participated in Skills USA.
Ashley Webel will represent the Certified Welding Inspector in our video. She currently holds a position at RoMan Engineering in Livonia, Michigan where she does inspections for a variety of products. Further west in Milwaukee, Karen Gilgenbach will show women what it’s like to be a welding engineer and do consulting work with various companies. And finally, down in Alabama we’ll meet with Jenny McCall, CEO of Wesco Gas & Welding Supply Inc, and the former President of The Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA).
You may notice a few bits and piece of the full video being posted across the American Welding Society’s social media in the coming weeks, but the full video will only be shown on the Careers in Welding Trailer.