Getting Women into Welding

It takes a special something to help women to enter the world of welding; many people simply don’t see it as an option.  Therefore, camps for teen girls, like this one in Decatur, Alabama, and free job training like that found at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, are just two ways that we can get women involved in what is primarily perceived as field for men.

Sparking an interest in welding for girls

Summer camp in Alabama provides peer-to-peer mentoring experience for high school students

PLE Staff — Plant Engineering, 6/19/2009 10:55:13 AM CDT

Even in the face of a recession, great careers are currently available in many technical fields, and throughout the nation efforts are under way to grow the workforce in those jobs through greater diversity.

Decatur, AL — A week-long free summer camp offered by Calhoun Community College is sparking the interest of area high school girls in non-traditional, high-tech, high wage careers in welding and electrical technology.


Free job training helps women enter welding world

By Trang Pham-Bui – bio | email

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) – The women behind the helmets are getting ready to enter an industry that is dominated by men. This month, they’re learning basic welding skills that could help them land an entry level job in the shipbuilding, aerospace, or home construction industry.

“There are 200,000 welders short in the industry today and companies for looking for skilled, trained welders.  And a lot of them are looking for women welders,” said welding instructor Chevis Necaise.  “Studies say women do a good job because they’re more artistic, and welding is an art, and they say they’re more dependable.”


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