Hull TechnicianU.S. NavyGreat Lakes, IL
My dad has a metal recycling business. I've been working for him since I was eight years old doing scrap-yard stuff. That experience led me to take welding in high school.
|High School: ||Uintah High School|
|College: ||Uintah Basin Applied Technology College|
OKI Bering's quality, excellence and caring began in 1937 as O.K.I. Supply Company, a distributor of welding and safety products from a single location in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
Associate Professor of WeldingYuba CollegeMarysville,, CA
I teach students a skill that will improve their lives. I get time to do research and advance my own knowledge, plus I get to work in a modern shop and keep up with current trends.
|High School: ||Kelseyville High School|
|College: ||University of California, Davis, B.S. Agricultural Education|
Shasta College, Continuing Education
Teachers can play a vital role in showing students the many opportunities welding opens. An emphasis on collaboration and logical thinking can give students the basic skills needed to pursue a variety of careers. Additional classroom exercises focused on building, following directions and working as a team can also lay a strong foundation.
Regardless of which aspect of the welding industry attracts a student, a grounding in math and science is a great foundation. Employers also value communication, so a well-rounded education can help your students succeed whether they are fabricating medical devices or communications satellites. Shop classes, of course, can be a practical way to open the door to a welding career.
You can bring the vague idea of a welding career to life by inviting guest speakers from local companies to share stories from their daily lives. Look to local manufacturers, or construction companies for possible speakers. Job fairs and career days are opportunities for local welders to share their passion. Internships for teachers can also give you real-world experience. When you come back to class with stories about things you made, it will fire kids up to find a meaningful career.
A great way to make the idea of a welding career real is to have students create a “dream job” classified ad. After they use the Websites listed in this section, ask them to do some research about welding jobs that fit their interests. Then turn the responses into an ad that fits their skills and career goals perfectly.
What activities do you like to do? Are they done mostly indoors or outdoors? (Welding workplaces vary from being underwater or at the peak of a skyscraper to an automobile manufacturing plant or the laboratory of a technology campus.)
What are your favorite school subjects and activities? (Students who have a firm grasp of math, science and communication would do well in a welding career.)
Do you enjoy working on projects alone or with a large group? (Welders can take pride in their contribution to the team effort of building a bridge or the artistry of creating a unique sculpture on their own.)
What job holds the most interest for you at this time? (What have you learned about welding through your research?)
Where do you want to live when you enter the workforce? (Unlike many other careers, welding jobs are available in all states.)
(www.workforce3one.org) is a public collaborative that collects the latest resources and strategies to build the workforce of the future. Through podcasts, “Webinars,” white papers and a social networking site, you can learn how to reach students in new ways.
For teachers dedicated to letting kids build their own future, (www.odysseyofthemind .com) is a program that teams students up to solve problems. Students build cars, robots and support structures to compete with other teams from all over the world on the basis of originality and teamwork.
Another wonderful hands-on program is (www.skillsusa. org/compete/contests.shtml). Encourage your students to participate in one of the many Champions at Work programs, which includes a section on welding, that requires students to demonstrate their ability to measure weld replicas, cut accurate holes using oxy-acetylene equipment and even do arc welding. The Educators section has more details about getting involved.
The student chapters of the (www.aws.org) are a wonderful resource for speakers, contests and scholarship opportunities.
(http://cte.ed.gov/acrn/teachers/careerexpclassrm.htm) can make strengthening the link between work and school easier. The story of one teacher’s dedication to showing her students that everyone can succeed is inspiring.