Is Welding the HOT new career?


It seems everywhere I turn these days someone is promoting welding to women.  One reason is that the American Welding Society has a new president–a woman named Nancy Cole who was the first woman to graduate with a degree in metallurgical engineering from University of Tennessee.

“There is a dire shortage of skilled workers in the welding industry and I’m looking forward to focusing on changing that in 2013,” said Cole. “My goal as president this year is to celebrate women in welding and help fill the need for properly skilled and educated welding professionals.”

The AWS recently produced this video, showcasing the opportunities for women in the industry.

If you know anyone interested in a career in welding, a good place to start is the American Welding Society.  On the AWS website you’ll find a welding school locator, information on certifications, and links to the local chapters.

If you are a woman interested in the industry, check out these tips for women welders….  and, if you want to be inspired, read our profiles of women welders, The New Rosies.

Finally, if you want to win a CK Flex Loc TIG Welding Torch…. head over to and tell us what you’d weld if money were no object!



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