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Welding Officials Hope to Attract More Women

Encouraging Women to Become Welders

The American Welding Society is looking to promote women in welding by encouraging more women to consider a career as a professional welder, especially as employers struggle to find enough qualified welders to meet current demand.

The welding industry is growing as manufacturing and construction sectors continue to show a rebound, but the number of skilled welders is not currently enough to meet that growing demand. Today’s employers are looking for welders with relevant training in this emerging industry. Admittedly, this career field hasn’t always done the best job of attracting women to its ranks. However, the American Welding Society is hoping to show that a career as a professional welder can be a great fit for anyone, including women.
The AWS is launching its Careers in Welding Trailer that will appear at dozens of trade shows across the country over the summer. The trailer includes a virtual welder simulator that gives visitors the chance to feel what its like to use welding equipment and be on the job site.

“Right now, the American Welding Society is producing a short video that will debut on the Careers in Welding Trailer this summer. It’s focus: women in welding,” reports the AWS on its blog. “With Nancy Cole presiding over the activities of the American Welding Society this year (and this being only the second time a woman has been President of AWS), the theme of ‘women in welding’ seemed to be an important and appropriate one. It is made even more important when you consider that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: women made up just 7.8 percent of the welding, soldering, and brazing workforce in 2011.”

With hundreds of current welders entering retirement converging with growth in manufacturing and construction, new professional welders are needed now more than ever. Because women make up such a small segment of the welding profession, welding officials are hoping to encourage more women to consider this as a career in hopes that they can respond to the current shortage of skilled welders being experienced all across the country. People of all types can find a great career as a professional welder – especially those who received training from a respected program like Advanced Career Institute.

Despite the growing demand for welders, employers continue to face a shortage of properly trained professionals who understand how to work in today’s modern welding field. The National Association of Manufactures reports that 60 percent of manufactures typically turn away half of all applicants they receive due to a lack of proper skill and training in the welding industry. In the same report by the National Association of Manufactures, nearly 81 percent of manufactures across the United States say they cannot find enough skilled welders to meet demand. That shortage is also true for shale gas manufacturers who are struggling to find professional welders with experience in the specific work pipefitting requires. The training offered at Advanced Career Institute provides students with a distinct advantage in the job market at hiring time.