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The Image of Welding Today

The image of welding today is definitely not what I would call top notch. Welding is the backbone of this country and has been a huge industry since it arrived. Many “average” Americans do not think about how things are built. They get up in the morning, proceed to drive to the gym in their car, then head to work where they sit at their desk. Since they woke up they may have come across welding or welding products numerous times. The bed they were sleeping on, their car, the workout equipment, the machine shop or collision center they passed on their way to work and even their desk could all be included in the welding industry.

Before I entered into this industry, I myself didn’t think too much of the welding industry. When I started to work in the industry, I was “enlightened” one might say. When you walk around in massive shops and see “behind the curtain,” your perspective on life sort of changes. Instead of seeing a truck load of pipe going down the road and thinking nothing of it, now many thoughts flood my mind. Where was it built? I wonder what kind of wire they used or what gas! Just so many questions that I start to ask myself. After being in the industry only a short time, I have come to discover that the Welding Industry will always be needed. The technology may change, but the need will always exist.

After experiencing this first hand, I decided the best way to change that view is to promote our welding schools in the area. Whether it is high school classes or the new program at the local college, we offer student discounts and try our best to promote welding to our youth. The only way to change an image you don’t like is to create another one.

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