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there is something for everyone with an interest in the

welDing indUsTrY

Job titles range so broadly that

you are only limited by your imagination

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College: los angeles Trade Technical College, los angeles, calif. University of California, los angeles (ucla), calif. California state University, long beach, calif. HigH sCHool: Hollywood High school, los angeles, calif. Watts skills Center, los angeles, calif.

How did you get interested in welding? lisa: In high school, I enrolled in the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), which provided high school students with training for various trades on weekends. I saw welding on the list of trades but had no idea what it was. I asked my counselor about it and she said,“I think you put a helmet on and fire shoots out.” I said sign me up! I was not sure what welding was when I signed up, but I was hooked the first time I tried it.

What type of experience and training did you need to get your job? lisa: Because of the ROP training, I was able to start working as a welder right after graduation. After high school, I worked full time and went to college. I built up my field experience while pursuing my col- lege education.

What advice do you have for young people who are consid- ering this career? lisa: Take as many math, English, and computer classes as you can. They will help you, no matter what type of welding career you choose.

What do you like most about your job? lisa: Welding educators change lives by equipping and empower- ing people to achieve fulfilling careers that pay very well. Many of my students tried the corporate world and did not like it but with welding they have found their calling. Another thing I love about my job is that I think of welding as “the second chance profession.” At least 10% of my students are convicted felons and were incarcerated. When they learn welding, they have a chance at a new life—they can get good-paying jobs and change their lives forever.

HigH sCHool: francisco Villa High school, ascension, mexico

How did you get interested in your career? Bernardo: I grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico. My mom wanted me to be a teacher, but I like to work with my hands and build stuff. My dad is an ironworker. In this job you get to do lots of different things.

What kind of training and education did you need to get this job? Bernardo: The union trains you while you work. I’m a fourth- year apprentice. In nine more weeks I will qualify as a jour- neyman. Then I can take classes to get other certifications or refresher courses to renew my certifications. The more jobs you are certified to do, the more work opportunities there are.

What’s a typical day like in your job? Bernardo: We work in places like construction sites, steel factories and powerplants. Right now I’m doing maintenance and machine repair on a blast furnace. It’s a greasy job. I prefer structural work. The job is outside, you can move around more, and it’s quick—in six months you’re on to something else.

What do you like most about your job? Bernardo: I go places no one else goes—like the inside of a blast furnace!

What advice do you have for young people who are considering this career? Bernardo: Stay in school. That was hard for me because I was working to pay my way through high school in Mexico. Also, study math. That was hard for me, too. I never really liked it, but now I need to know how to calculate things like how much load a crane can lift and at what angle you need to lift it.

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