Women are becoming key members of the welding profession. Now, welding requires both physical strength and knowledge of new technology and equipment. Because of the new technology, welding jobs are becoming more complex. The energy and health sectors, especially, need more welders. Lucky for us, women welders can meet these demands. One of our ACI graduates, Sheila Pruitt, shares her journey through her new welding career.
Where Sheila’s Welding Career Started
Before becoming a welder, Sheila was an administrative assistant. About four years ago she decided to make a career change and become a professional welder. She has worked in Louisiana, Texas, and is now based in Oklahoma. Her decision to switch careers and become a trained welder is one of the best moves she has ever made.
In talking about the welding job she has now, Sheila says:
“There is a lot to love about this job and it’s much more than just doing grunt construction work,” Pruitt said. “It’s challenging work and can be demanding at times, but it is also something you can take a lot of pride in doing, which I was really lacking in my previous job as a secretary.”
Pruitt received formal welding training before starting her career as a professional welder. She believes this was crucial because many welding and construction companies are looking for workers that have thorough knowledge of the welding industry.
Not only is Pruitt helping to meet the growing need for welders across the country, she is also a part of a growing number of women that are choosing welding as a career.
Advanced Career Institute teaches both women and men through their welding program. Students will learn everything they need to know in order to obtain a welder certification. ACI students graduate with the skills necessary to become great job candidates, like Sheila Pruitt.
Interested in our welding program and becoming a woman welder? Contact us today!