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2013-01-26 06:23:13 PM  
Please. This line of work is totally a sausage fest.
 
2013-01-26 06:56:14 PM  
i1079.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-26 07:15:27 PM  
Ladies if you think awkward passes by nerds are uncomfortable, construction workers are much worse.
 
2013-01-26 07:25:31 PM  
Be careful, subby.

She *is* a maniac.
 
2013-01-26 08:11:37 PM  
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I came
 
2013-01-26 08:11:58 PM  
Good for them, nothing wrong with that. Tough job but can pay well
 
2013-01-26 08:13:14 PM  
Is anyone really amazed at this? Some of the best heavy duty mechanics I know are women.

It's the individual, not the gender.
 
2013-01-26 08:13:16 PM  

EvilEgg: Ladies if you think awkward passes by nerds are uncomfortable, construction workers are much worse.


They're not awkward. They actually think their behavior is appealing.
 
2013-01-26 08:13:38 PM  
I think this is awesome.

/knows some women who know how to weld
 
2013-01-26 08:14:27 PM  
Women can show up to work still drunk just as well as men.
 
2013-01-26 08:16:27 PM  
Why would you want a crappy job working at 6AM on a punch clock in a noisy factory filled with fumes and crappy working conditions? We already have a class of people to do these jobs, they're called "men". Women get university degrees in babysitting and hairdressing so they get the good jobs.

What's so hard to understand about that?
 
2013-01-26 08:17:54 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Why would you want a crappy job working at 6AM on a punch clock in a noisy factory filled with fumes and crappy working conditions? We already have a class of people to do these jobs, they're called "men". Women get university degrees in babysitting and hairdressing so they get the good jobs.

What's so hard to understand about that?


Men have got a taste of what it's like to be "stay at home dad's". And they like it!
Don't you dare discourage the wimmens from ruining every man's dream.
 
2013-01-26 08:18:11 PM  

WhippingBoy: Is anyone really amazed at this? Some of the best heavy duty mechanics I know are women.

It's the individual, not the gender.


I had the absolute pleasure to work with the first female Saturn certified master tech, and she was awesome.
 
2013-01-26 08:18:51 PM  
Jokes is going to be on them. A friend who has 25 years experience as a welder recently found a new job after being unemployed for 11 months.....he's being paid $22.50 an hour. As he said to me, "That's what I was making 15 years ago."
 
2013-01-26 08:20:01 PM  

Fissile: Jokes is going to be on them. A friend who has 25 years experience as a welder recently found a new job after being unemployed for 11 months.....he's being paid $22.50 an hour. As he said to me, "That's what I was making 15 years ago."


Depending on where that is $45k isn't that bad.
 
2013-01-26 08:20:24 PM  
My former welding instructor is a woman (I only had a very basic introduction to welding), but I think she is more of an exception a male dominated field . Most woman due shy away both from STEM jobs and most manufacturing, industry and construction jobs as well. In fact in the only program that isn't a total sausage fest at the technical college I go to is interior design.
 
2013-01-26 08:22:21 PM  

davidphogan: Fissile: Jokes is going to be on them. A friend who has 25 years experience as a welder recently found a new job after being unemployed for 11 months.....he's being paid $22.50 an hour. As he said to me, "That's what I was making 15 years ago."

Depending on where that is $45k isn't that bad.


==================

Northeastern Pennsylvania. Had a job recently in Jersey working for considerably more than that.
 
2013-01-26 08:23:21 PM  
My former welding instructor is a woman (I only had a very basic introduction to welding), but I think she is more of an exception to a male dominated field . Most woman do shy away both from STEM jobs and most manufacturing, industry and construction jobs as well. In fact the only program that isn't a total sausage fest at the technical college I go to is interior design.

FTFM. Sorry, I'm still waking up.
 
2013-01-26 08:25:38 PM  
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2013-01-26 08:26:24 PM  

Gwyrddu: My former welding instructor is a woman (I only had a very basic introduction to welding), but I think she is more of an exception a male dominated field . Most woman due shy away both from STEM jobs and most manufacturing, industry and construction jobs as well. In fact in the only program that isn't a total sausage fest at the technical college I go to is interior design.


Well, the UN *has* predicted a huge world-wide shortage of interior designers by 2015.
 
2013-01-26 08:34:18 PM  
What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.

somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.
 
2013-01-26 08:50:10 PM  
We can do it!

/not a woman
 
2013-01-26 08:54:55 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.

somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.


High school vocational training assumes funding that often isn't there, and people qualified to teach the subject and students who legitimately want to learn. High school should prepare everyone to go to college so the option is open to them if they want to continue on that path, but in doing so it will usually be subjects like vocational training that will cut.

Anyway, my point is that 2 year technical colleges already do a better job reliably teaching these trades than high schools will ever do, such that the only point in the high school programs would be to spark students interests in the subjects.
 
2013-01-26 08:56:43 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Why would you want a crappy job working at 6AM on a punch clock in a noisy factory filled with fumes and crappy working conditions? We already have a class of people to do these jobs, they're called "men". Women get university degrees in babysitting and hairdressing so they get the good jobs.

What's so hard to understand about that?


Ugly women need jobs, too.
 
2013-01-26 08:58:39 PM  

The_Original_Roxtar: What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.

somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.


That sounds like hard work. No thanks. I'm meant for "better" things. Let the proles handle the trades.
 
2013-01-26 08:59:55 PM  
i287.photobucket.com
 
2013-01-26 09:01:56 PM  

Gwyrddu: The_Original_Roxtar: What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.

somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.

High school vocational training assumes funding that often isn't there, and people qualified to teach the subject and students who legitimately want to learn. High school should prepare everyone to go to college so the option is open to them if they want to continue on that path, but in doing so it will usually be subjects like vocational training that will cut.

Anyway, my point is that 2 year technical colleges already do a better job reliably teaching these trades than high schools will ever do, such that the only point in the high school programs would be to spark students interests in the subjects.


===============

When I was in high school, I took physics, chem, biology and trig. I also took auto shop, wood shop, electronics and metal shop. The kids in my shop classes couldn't understand why I was there...guidance counselors steered the dim kids to the shop classes. Kids in my college prep classes thought I was a mental case for taking shop classes. Today I have a white collar job and wow the office ladies with my Mr. Fixit abilities.
 
2013-01-26 09:05:37 PM  
 
2013-01-26 09:06:36 PM  
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2013-01-26 09:10:34 PM  

Fissile: When I was in high school, I took physics, chem, biology and trig. I also took auto shop, wood shop, electronics and metal shop. The kids in my shop classes couldn't understand why I was there...guidance counselors steered the dim kids to the shop classes.


I tried to take wood shop in high school, and the school simply wouldn't let me. They thought I'd be picked on by the Smoking Club or something. Since I was trying to get them to let me advance faster than they normally allow in math and science, I didn't think it was worth arguing over.
 
2013-01-26 09:26:30 PM  
Women that look like Jennifer Beals don't often find themselves in blue collar labor, no matter their integrity.

/Ric Romero reporting
 
2013-01-26 09:42:12 PM  
As a welder myself, I approve of this

/I'll help her light her fire
//maybe strike a spark as well
 
2013-01-26 09:57:18 PM  
I wish I knew how to weld on stainless. Would be really handy right about now.
 
2013-01-26 09:59:10 PM  

Fissile: Gwyrddu: The_Original_Roxtar: What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.

somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.

High school vocational training assumes funding that often isn't there, and people qualified to teach the subject and students who legitimately want to learn. High school should prepare everyone to go to college so the option is open to them if they want to continue on that path, but in doing so it will usually be subjects like vocational training that will cut.

Anyway, my point is that 2 year technical colleges already do a better job reliably teaching these trades than high schools will ever do, such that the only point in the high school programs would be to spark students interests in the subjects.

===============

When I was in high school, I took physics, chem, biology and trig. I also took auto shop, wood shop, electronics and metal shop. The kids in my shop classes couldn't understand why I was there...guidance counselors steered the dim kids to the shop classes. Kids in my college prep classes thought I was a mental case for taking shop classes. Today I have a white collar job and wow the office ladies with my Mr. Fixit abilities.


I took shop as well as woodworking. Actually, it was my dad that suggested it. Was way better than typing class since I already knew how to type. Why hang out with the biatchy girls who picked on me? The guys left me alone.
 
2013-01-26 10:03:54 PM  
Well, yeah, since they cancelled Lie To Me.
 
2013-01-26 10:08:04 PM  

Coastalgrl: I wish I knew how to weld on stainless. Would be really handy right about now.


You utter fool! We 3D print our stainless steel now!
 
2013-01-26 10:22:38 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Coastalgrl: I wish I knew how to weld on stainless. Would be really handy right about now.

You utter fool! We 3D print our stainless steel now!


Well I need to attach stainless steel things to stainless steel hull of a boat. No matter what the mode of production, I still need to affix part A to B.
 
2013-01-26 10:35:05 PM  
My daughter is a welder, so I'm getting a big kick...
 
2013-01-26 10:56:09 PM  
I read that headline 3 different times as "Growing number of overweight women looking at welding.." before I realized the word "overweight" wasnt in it. Psychological maybe.
 
2013-01-26 11:26:22 PM  

EvilEgg: Ladies if you think awkward passes by nerds are uncomfortable, construction workers are much worse.


Yeah, but these ladies are holding torches or electrodes, so maybe the guys will be a bit more respectful.
 
2013-01-26 11:36:42 PM  

Coastalgrl: Fissile: Gwyrddu: The_Original_Roxtar: What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.

somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.

High school vocational training assumes funding that often isn't there, and people qualified to teach the subject and students who legitimately want to learn. High school should prepare everyone to go to college so the option is open to them if they want to continue on that path, but in doing so it will usually be subjects like vocational training that will cut.

Anyway, my point is that 2 year technical colleges already do a better job reliably teaching these trades than high schools will ever do, such that the only point in the high school programs would be to spark students interests in the subjects.

===============

When I was in high school, I took physics, chem, biology and trig. I also took auto shop, wood shop, electronics and metal shop. The kids in my shop classes couldn't understand why I was there...guidance counselors steered the dim kids to the shop classes. Kids in my college prep classes thought I was a mental case for taking shop classes. Today I have a white collar job and wow the office ladies with my Mr. Fixit abilities.

I took shop as well as woodworking. Actually, it was my dad that suggested it. Was way better than typing class since I already knew how to type. Why hang out with the biatchy girls who picked on me? The guys left me alone.


============

Had one girl in my wood shop class....she was mental, and not in a good way. Had one girl in auto shop. She didn't last long before she dropped the class. She just didn't have the strength to do the work.
 
2013-01-27 12:00:40 AM  
My instructor for our union's welding school is female - made me a damn good welder and she cleaned up pretty nice too.

/daughter is top student in autoshop
 
2013-01-27 12:13:14 AM  

Fissile: Jokes is going to be on them. A friend who has 25 years experience as a welder recently found a new job after being unemployed for 11 months.....he's being paid $22.50 an hour. As he said to me, "That's what I was making 15 years ago."


$22.50 an hour more than he has made for the last 11 months.
 
2013-01-27 12:13:17 AM  

Fissile: Jokes is going to be on them. A friend who has 25 years experience as a welder recently found a new job after being unemployed for 11 months.....he's being paid $22.50 an hour. As he said to me, "That's what I was making 15 years ago."


Yes, doubling the salary of that office job us wimmen usually sit around doing is going to make us laugh really hard when we realize the joke is on us.
 
2013-01-27 12:29:57 AM  
My grandmother helped win WWII by helping build ships. Hell of a welder.

So FU subby.
 
2013-01-27 12:39:28 AM  
So what do women & welders have in common?
Both want:
More money
More heat
More rod


/old welder told me that one 35 years ago
//not his worst, either...
 
2013-01-27 01:08:47 AM  

The_Original_Roxtar: What would be best is if high schools stopped pushing the idea that college is for everyone... it isn't. Vocational training was once a significant part of most school curricula.

somebody who can make a clean TIG weld is far more valuable in the job market than a person who barely managed to get a Communications degree in 6 years.


a huge THIS. or perhaps NO shiat SHERLOCK. how about WELL DUH.

you've got kids going into college needing a year of remedial courses at 30k a year just to start. these aren't the future, unless you want the future to be chronically in debt.
 
2013-01-27 01:14:03 AM  

itsfullofstars: My grandmother helped win WWII by helping build ships. Hell of a welder.

So FU subby.


???

What did you find so offensive???
 
2013-01-27 01:17:58 AM  
Years ago, when I was handling workers comp claims, we had one welder at an RV manufacturer who was claiming brain damage from welding fumes made him totally disabled.  He also claimed it was the cause of his violent outbursts  where he would beat the crap out of his wife.  Too bad there was evidence of him doing that before he got the welding job.
 
2013-01-27 01:46:55 AM  

Toshiro Mifune's Letter Opener: Be careful, subby.

She *is* a maniac.


In the real time world no one sees her at all, they all say she's crazy...
 
2013-01-27 02:25:27 AM  

Coastalgrl: Quantum Apostrophe: Coastalgrl: I wish I knew how to weld on stainless. Would be really handy right about now.

You utter fool! We 3D print our stainless steel now!

Well I need to attach stainless steel things to stainless steel hull of a boat. No matter what the mode of production, I still need to affix part A to B.


Just toss part B and part A into a 3D unprinter, then use that as feedstock for the 3D printer, and 3D print the final product. Ezee Peezee. A glorious future indeed for the species!
 
2013-01-27 02:50:52 AM  
My job in the Air Force was an aircraft machinist/welder. In my 20 years I only knew of 4 women who entered that career field and 2 of those got out after their first enlistment. All of them could weld pretty good but it just isn't a job that attracts a lot of women.
 
2013-01-27 04:28:58 AM  
Women make the best TIG welders. It takes concentration and the ability to pay attention to and do many things at the same time. Maybe in America it is rare, but in Europe women welding is nothing that uncommon.
 
2013-01-27 05:28:43 AM  
Man, I wish I had gone to the type of high school that had offered shop and classes like that. Even though at the time I was a little nerd and probably wouldn't have had the guts to take any of them. I'd kill to have any sort of practical mechanical/electrical/what-have-you aptitude now. I guess I could take some classes at the community college?
 
2013-01-27 06:32:36 AM  

Coastalgrl: I wish I knew how to weld on stainless. Would be really handy right about now.


As a Metallurgical Engineer. What grade of SS are you welding?
 
2013-01-27 07:43:53 AM  
Isn't welding toxic?
 
2013-01-27 07:51:29 AM  

Aulus: Years ago, when I was handling workers comp claims, we had one welder at an RV manufacturer who was claiming brain damage from welding fumes made him totally disabled.  He also claimed it was the cause of his violent outbursts  where he would beat the crap out of his wife.  Too bad there was evidence of him doing that before he got the welding job.



I think you mean "Good thing there was evidence..."

Hope he went to jail.
 
2013-01-27 08:03:34 AM  
Am I the only one who can no longer think of Jennifer Beals except in the context of The Full Monty?

"I hope she dances better than she welds! Look at that, her mix is all to cock!"
 
2013-01-27 08:15:06 AM  

Deep Contact: Coastalgrl: I wish I knew how to weld on stainless. Would be really handy right about now.

As a Metallurgical Engineer. What grade of SS are you welding?


316 most likely and whatever grade most commonly used for small boat hulls. 30-40 ft.

in the market for a new or used boat but contemplating long term adaptability. Fiberglass I know how to fiddle with in small quantitites. Stainless I don't but love the benefits of steel hulled vessels that I'm looking at. Extensive pro con list going.
 
2013-01-27 08:49:43 AM  

Coastalgrl: small boat hulls. 30-40 ft.


40ft is a small boat?
 
2013-01-27 09:45:43 AM  

Shyla: Fissile: Jokes is going to be on them. A friend who has 25 years experience as a welder recently found a new job after being unemployed for 11 months.....he's being paid $22.50 an hour. As he said to me, "That's what I was making 15 years ago."

Yes, doubling the salary of that office job us wimmen usually sit around doing is going to make us laugh really hard when we realize the joke is on us.


===============

Hello, $22.50 AFTER 25 YEARS WORKING FOR AEROSPACE CONTRACTORS. Know what that same company is offering kids out of vo-tech? $14/hr.
 
2013-01-27 09:46:49 AM  

Coastalgrl: Deep Contact: Coastalgrl: I wish I knew how to weld on stainless. Would be really handy right about now.

As a Metallurgical Engineer. What grade of SS are you welding?

316 most likely and whatever grade most commonly used for small boat hulls. 30-40 ft.

in the market for a new or used boat but contemplating long term adaptability. Fiberglass I know how to fiddle with in small quantitites. Stainless I don't but love the benefits of steel hulled vessels that I'm looking at. Extensive pro con list going.


I don't have any experience welding boats, but anytime you're using 316 base materials, always use 316 filler. Also, I always recommend a solution anneal after welding austenitic stainless for improved corrosion resistance and never use an iron or steel brush for cleaning the weld areas.
 
2013-01-27 09:58:33 AM  
God bless the women who know how to turn on the juice and melt some sticks.
 
2013-01-27 10:05:11 AM  

the_colors: Man, I wish I had gone to the type of high school that had offered shop and classes like that. Even though at the time I was a little nerd and probably wouldn't have had the guts to take any of them. I'd kill to have any sort of practical mechanical/electrical/what-have-you aptitude now. I guess I could take some classes at the community college?


================

A couple of years after I graduated, my high school eliminated all shop classes in favor of a shiny new computer science lab. I took the standard college prep courses in high school. Every year we had to pick two electives. Most of the college bound kids picked electives like advance placement chem or calc, but I picked a shop class. My college bound classmates thought I was crazy. When I sent in my college applications, the shop classes actually HELPED me get into college. When I started college, my adviser went over my high school record and asked why I took shop classes. I told her that I had was interested in other things besides purely academic subjects and I could always take calc in college but not auto shop. She asked me if I had used any of what I learned recently in my shop classes. I told her that I recently replaced the master cylinder on my car. She asked me to tell her what that involved, so I gave her the step-by-step. I think I made her wet, because she nearly slid off her seat.
 
2013-01-27 01:01:17 PM  
I won a One Year welding class through a raffle back in the day. Ex-wife begged I let her take the course. Alright, says me. By the end of the course she was banging nearly every guy on the University football team.

Since then my mind connects welding with infidelity. But I may be prejudiced ....

/welders can fill any crack, says the t-shirt
 
2013-01-27 04:33:03 PM  

abhorrent1: Isn't welding toxic?


The fume is. That is why there are new OSHA regulations that have been a boon for fume extraction in the welding industry.
 
2013-01-27 05:11:10 PM  
The real fun is running a bead underwater.

Hell, half the time you are playing around creating pockets of hydrogen to see how big of a bang you can make.
 
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