Welder: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:33)
Casey Hanak works at Samuel Grossi and Sons, helping to manufacture hospitals and awnings for amusement parks. Mostly, she does half-inch welds.
Welder: Career Beginnings (00:60)
Hanak discusses how she became interested in welding after participating in a three-day explore program at Bucks County Technical High School. The whole world disappears when she dons her hood.
Welder: Keys for Success (01:20)
Welders need passion, determination, and be able to receive constructive criticism. Have a steady hand and listen to the machine. Hanak suggests a technical high school program.
Welder: Education and Certification Requirements (02:29)
Hanak discusses how her technical high school divided academics and job training. Certifications depend on the type of welding performed and the position in a shop. An American Welding Society inspector needs to periodically examine work to maintain certifications.
Welder: Workplace Atmosphere (01:43)
Most of the other employees help Hanak learn different techniques and feel comfortable as a newer welder. The standard schedule is 7-3: 30 pm, but overtime is offered. Welders are required to wear bright colors at the shop.
Welder: Advice for Aspiring Pros (01:08)
Learn everything possible, practice, and take advice. Burn-out is possible. A safety meeting is scheduled every morning at 6 am.
Welder: A Day on the Job (02:37)
Check wire, helmet, clean lens, snips, and gas levels. Typical attire includes jeans, steel-toed boots, bright colors, green jacket, welder's gloves, and a safety vest. Fitters will tack together pieces for welding.
Welder: Industry Goals and Services (01:01)
Welders fuse to pieces of metal through heat. Hanak wants her welds to have good penetration, no porosity, look pretty, and be the correct size.
Welder: Industry Challenges (00:51)
There is a shortage of welders because high school students are attending college instead of considering trade schools. Other challenges include sexism, learning how to work equipment, and safety concerns.
Welder: Looking at the Future (01:15)
In ten years some welding will be performed by robots. Machines will be more advanced and guns will come equipped with guides. There are always positions if one excels at a trade.
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